For almost 28 years, Cees Bruggemans served as chief economist at leading South African bank FNB. Often the voice of rationality in a noisy, tumultuous world, he shares a Dutch lack of diplomacy with his forebears, telling it straight especially during times when pundits tend to over-exuberance or excessive pessimism. He is now a consulting economist at Bruggemans & Associates, writes prolifically and, if anything, is even more direct than before he became self-employed. Contact Cees via [email protected] or follow him on Twitter @ceesbruggemans
Cees Bruggemans and Willie Esterhuyse call fear a tax, potentially undermining the efficiency of SA’s Democracy, inviting all kinds of defensiveness, with no guarantee of success, as much in our social lives as in our greater political and economic existence.