After a quarter century, this small generation of South African immigrants has risen to break through, en masse, into such key leadership roles that they’re changing the US. YouTube, PayPal, SolarCity, epigenetic cancer therapy and intelligent Mars robots exist only because of these expats: one of them has led the transition from PCs to cloud computing; another leads the US’s top business school; and another is replacing the space shuttle.
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We have powerful characters in this country and thankfully we do not hesitate to tell them what we think of them – usually in COLORFUL language.
Every time I see yet another article from another South African moaning about the negativity of expats, and clearly writing with their rose tinted glasses on, I get angry. Really angry. Hulk angry.
WE CANNOT afford to simply whinge about apartheid and hope this will lead to economic transformation. An insatiable appetite for knowledge and skills is what will change the country for the better. This is what was on my mind as I imbibed the work of historian David Killingray at the British Library, in London, at the weekend.
At 71, RW Johnson has reached a stage in his life when he could care less what cages he rattles. A Rhodes Scholar, historian and journalist, he acts as a canary in the South African coal mine, stabbing his cultured pen at uncomfortable realities. Weekend Argus columnist Andrew Donaldson is from the same mould. And as you might have expected, no holds are barred in Donaldson’s superb piece that followed his interview about Johnson’s latest book. Warning – not for the politically correct. – Alec Hogg
THE production of a 50-page document by Police Minister Nathi Nhleko, in which he effectively overturns the 450-odd pages Public Protector Thuli Madonsela took to arrive at her conclusion that President Jacob Zuma had unlawfully benefited from the Nkandla security upgrades, raises many profound questions of law and democratic order.
SPEECH BY FORMER PRESIDENT FW DE KLERK TO THE BONDSRAAD, VOORTREKKER MONUMENT PRETORIA, May 29 2015
OUR FUTURE IS IN OUR OWN HANDS
It is a great honour for me to address this important meeting of the Bondsraad at the Voortrekker Monument - this national shrine which is so central to the identity, the history and the soul of our people.
‘Radical economic transformation’ is the mantra South Africans will hear more and more as the political climate heats up and the contestation for power escalates.
All the parties and politicians exclaiming this slogan explain that this drastic action is necessary because the levels of poverty and unemployment are far too high, too few have a real stake in the economy and the inequality in society is dangerous.
Just a couple days ago two radical Jihadist “known-wolves” living in Phoenix drove 1,000 miles to Garland, Texas; locked and loaded, to commit mayhem on a free speech event featuring a contest for cartoonists to draw Muhammad, a forbidden act in Islam.