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Allan Greenblo was my boss at Finance Week in the early 1980s and wrote extensively then about attempts to introduce compulsory preservation of pensions. Those were heady times. Labour was starting to flex new muscles legalised through the laws enacted following the Wiehahn Commission, and it was before the UDF’s internal activism hit top gear. … Read more
It is an observation many who fought for democracy won’t like to hear: South Africa looks eerily similar to what it did in the dark days of apartheid. Sure, there’s no segregation of schools, beaches and trains. And we have the democratic right to vote and a modern constitution. But our economy is stuck in … Read more
How do we fix our ailing economy? We get back to basics and take a hard look at the system that favours political relationships over competence. The heart of the nation’s problems, argues young entrepreneur Kagiso Monnapula, is cadre deployment and, linked to this, poor choices in leaders. He wrote this brilliant analysis late at night, … Read more
As South Africa gets back to work after the elections, BizNews contributor Riaz Gardee reflects on lessons we can learn from the negotiations that set the country on its peaceful path. This is a break from his usual topic, but equally insightful. Riaz, a Chartered Accountant, is perhaps best-known for his sharp analysis of Black … Read more
By Ed Cropley JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – When Nkululeko Simelane was born on April 27, 1994, her parents did not have to think twice about her name. Her birth coincided with South Africa’s first multi-racial elections, the momentous day that ended three centuries of white domination and 46 years of formalised oppression of the black majority … Read more