February 11, 2017
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 […]
January 24, 2017
Given reports over the years of the dictatorial behaviour of The Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, of the use by his security forces of assassination and torture, along with his apparently liberal access to the national treasury, he has perhaps found, in Equatorial Guinea, his ideal refuge.
March 29, 2016
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 […]
May 31, 2015
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.
June 1, 2014
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 […]
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.