Perils of the District Development Model

ANTHONY BUTLER: ANC plan to align three spheres could save it from electoral disaster The ‘district development model’ could make local government defer to national authorities First published in BusinessLive and Business Day 4 FEBRUARY 2021 The ANC’s recently concluded national executive committee (NEC) lekgotla was filled with virtual excitement. It addressed Covid-19, expropriation without …

Will local, national and provincial elections be merged?

ANTHONY BUTLER: Election unlikely to be postponed unless Malema gets his way  BL PREMIUM 21 JANUARY 2021 Since the middle of 2020 some members of the ANC have been peddling specious arguments to justify a possible postponement of the scheduled 2021 local government elections. SA has a constitutionally prescribed five-year term for municipal councils, and …

Santa Cyril’s year

ANTHONY BUTLER: Poor Subordinate Clauses, bereft of Santa’s crafty leadership First published in Business Day and Business Live  18 DECEMBER 2020 Ho ho ho! After a few trials and tribulations, we have finally arrived at the time of year when the little boys and girls across the land begin to gather outside their local bottle …

The Troubles of National Treasury

Beleaguered Treasury needs to be bolstered by Ramaphosa BusinessLive 03 DECEMBER 2020 President Cyril Ramaphosa recently highlighted the need to address the shortcomings of the public service. But where to start? Maths teachers, health workers and civil engineers are scarce. Tenders have spawned rampant corruption. The poorest third of municipalities are close to collapse. Lines …

Conspiracy theories

ANTHONY BUTLER: It’s a conspiracy theory, but it might just be true First published in BL PREMIUM 19 NOVEMBER 2020 It is tempting to laugh at the QAnon conspiracy theory. Millions of advocates of this fairy-tale, mostly in the US, believe that Satan-worshipping elites — including liberal Hollywood actors, paedophile Democratic Party politicians, and blood-sucking …

Time for a Cabinet reshuffle

ANTHONY BUTLER: Paranoia in the cabinet signals a reshuffle is on the cards With ministers resorting to self-promotion and backstabbing, Cyril Ramaphosa needs to enrol competent recruits  First published in BusinessLive 08 OCTOBER 2020 A cabinet reshuffle is an important political instrument for any national leader. In a fully presidential system the head of state …