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A tale that is a warning & stark reminder

January 30, 2013


This book is much more than the very well told story of the life and tragic death of the young idealist; it is also a stark reminder of the mundane brutishness that can be unleashed when bigotry and power supercede justice.

Less gold at SA’s rainbow end

January 28, 2013


Once upon a time and not very long ago, South Africa, as the continent’s largest economy and with a first-world banking and financial sector, was regarded as the potential gateway to investment in Africa. This is no longer the case: investors are tending to look north, to Ghana and even Zambia.

Dialogue forum slams “erroneous reporting”

January 28, 2013


The Forum for Public Dialogue, on whose board I serve, has issued a Press statement following a report in the local Mail & Guardian newspaper that impugned the the integrity of the board while also attacking, without evidence, the business ethics of the FPD chirman, Moeletsi Mbeki. Anyone interested can con sult the Press release […]

Playing politics while the fires rage

January 18, 2013


Responsibility for creating the conditions that have now, sometimes literally, set the Boland ablaze should be shared to a large degree by the dismissive attitudes of provincial and national government, the mainstream trade unions and the reactionary farming lobby. As a result, the tinder and the makings for what has turned out to be a quite major conflagration have been in place for years.

Failing the children of the poor

January 15, 2013


South Africa continues to fail the children of the poor and is once again reaping the results of that failure. Nowhere is this more evident than in the recurrent violent eruptions in the fruit and wine farm regions of the Western Cape.

London, 24.01 hrs 2013

January 3, 2013


As fireworks reddened the low-lying cloud over London and 2013 dawned, Brendan Bell shot this picture (copyright — available through Alamy). It was so stunning — apocalyptic even — that I had to share it.