A few very close shaves ……..

Dear Alec Your site is brilliant. Keep it coming. An integral part of my career in the Chemical Engineering Project Management sector in the 60s through to the 90s was flying as a passenger all over in Southern Africa and in North America, in small to medium sized corporate aircraft, plus many flights in commercial airliners … Read more

Colin Donian

All the Land is Everyone’s: We are all Africans

A Solution to our Impasse By Colin Donian I watched Russia Today for a while this morning, with a mug of delightful coffee and a muesli rusk. I do not choke any longer when I see broken bodies in my living room. Today it was Arabs, Palestinians, Ukrainians; children, women, men. I switched off and … Read more

Moving South Africa ahead: I reckon we need a little war!

By Alexx Zarr It is about our unfinished business.  We need to sort it, now or never.  Like that clever chap Einstein said, if doing it one way does not solve a problem, do it another way.  We’ve been talking for twenty four years (or is it more?) about the same old stuff. Eish.  This … Read more

Last night’s Carte Blanche interview: Dear Dr Azar Jammine

Biznews Community member Alfons Mauchie writes to Econometrix chief economist Azar Jammine: Dear Azar, I saw your interview on Carte Blanche. NUMSA’s President needs to be seriously confronted with the facts. I agree with you that SEIFSA, NEDLAC and other employer bodies have seriously been at fault for not informing and confronting the unionists with … Read more

Mo Haarhoff: Defeated by words

From Mo Haarhoff, a member of the Biznews community I fell in love with words when I was still quite young. At that stage, this passion obviously manifested itself in reading. Then I graduated to little homilies that were succinct but very true. One of my favourite quotations from my teenage years are these few … Read more

Mailbox: NUMSA strike is not just about wages

From Dewald Janse v Rensburg, HR Manager, Novatek Drills (Pty): The report in Biznews.com on the pending NUMSA strike is clearly written by someone who does not understand labour organisation and the relevant structures very well. The MEIBC is not an employer group. It is a bargaining council founded in terms of the Labour Relations … Read more

Mailbox: Would you like your daughter to bring a politician home?

It’s a safe bet that politicians are not exactly the most respected South Africans right now. You’ve really got to scratch to find any who would rank higher than used car salesmen in the public’s perception. Even my former colleague from the RDM, Helen Zille, blotted her copybook through “the kiss” and quickie divorce from … Read more

state Intervention

Heavy social spending in SA is here to stay – Ian Jayes

  From Ian Jayes: Hi Alec I read your comments on state interventions in the economy with great interest. Your point about the United States becoming an economic powerhouse is valid in that economic freedom is the only way that wealth can grow and be spread. The problem is that capitalism is not altruistic, does … Read more

NUMSA the brick throwers set to cause chaos again

  From Alfons Mauchle: Hi Alec, Thank you for your article. As far as I am aware you are the first in the media to raise the matter of our position in the WEF on the labour indices that is most noteworthy. I have been raising this issue ever since the last NUMSA strike in … Read more

Voting by habit – a sickness that afflicts SA’s electorate

By Dr Geoff Howes* Two perceptions bedevil our electorate,  block thinking, and delay change necessary to move on. In “the old days” conservatives would agree that it was time for change but come the moment of decision to place the cross,  “ek stem soos my Pa” would overpower reason,  and the same Government would remain, almost by default ! Little … Read more