Browsing All posts tagged under »corruption«

Patronage: rotting social fabric from within

March 29, 2016

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Skeletons seem to be rattling around in several ministerial closets in South Africa at the moment in what appears to be a case of political patronage gone severely toxic. But there is nothing new in patronage, in business, both legitimate and illegitimate buying — or trying to buy — the favours of politicians, judges, police […]

Mired in a parochial midset & ignorant of history

May 31, 2015

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The parochial mindset of nationally-based companies and trade unions reveals asn ignorance of economic history, including the fact that shareholder companies — a cornerstone of our system — were banned in Britain for 105 years because of their inherent tendency to be corrupt.

Unions get back to democratic basics

June 1, 2014

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Misunderstanding and confusion about the platinum sector pay issue persists. And much of the media is to blame for repeating, without analysis, the public relations spin of the mining companies. This distorted version of the facts states that the mining companies agreed to meet the R12 500 a month entry level wage demand, phased in […]

Less gold at SA’s rainbow end

January 28, 2013

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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.

The road from 1996 to Mangaung

December 13, 2012

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The tortuous road to the governing ANC’s centennial conference at Mangaung ends next week. And, not to put too fine a point on it, much of the country is gatvol with the route it has taken and where it has arrived.

Some clarity — and more arms deal murk

November 30, 2012

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A small part of the murk surrounding South Africa's multi-billion dollar arms deal cleared slightly, but only to reveal still greater depths to be plumbed. And it has now eerged that a Swedish businessman with a highly chequered past was also involved with all sides concerned with the controversial multi-billion dollar arms deal.

Another front opens in SA arms deal scandal

November 27, 2012

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Another crack has opened up in the facade of secrecy surrounding South Africa's controversial multi-billion dollar arms deal. It came on November 21 on Sweden’s TV4 channel in the first of two special reports by the Kalla Fakta (Cold Facts) investigative team.