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A Budget by any other name would smell the same

February 23, 2017

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THE more things change, the more they stay the same. This applies not only to the latest South African Budget, but to almost all such economic policy statements as finance ministers continually repeat variations on the same failed remedies, apparently in the hope of different outcomes.

Feb 14: It’s Ester Howland’s Day

February 15, 2017

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Yesterday, February 14, should not have been in celebration of St Valentine and monogamous, romantic love. It's a day that belongs to Ester Howland and to the celebration entrepreneurship. The mythial Valentine was introduced as a party pooper.

Political interference and the unions

February 11, 2017

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The attempt by labour minister Mildred Oliphant — including a couple of lengthy and costly court battles — to interfere in trade union administration was slapped down hard on January 26. The labour appeal court ruled that her instruction to the registrar of labour relations to withdraw action against a defaulting Cosatu union and her […]

Time to seek the real state of nations

February 11, 2017

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This week brought us, in South Africa, another State of the Nation address (SONA) and, like its predecessors, it will probably be best remembered for the fashion parade on parliament’s red carpet and the punch up on the floor of paliament. There was also the usual post speech analysis of what was seen generally as […]