Public sector wage freezes

ANTHONY BUTLER: Fallout from austerity is a valuable lesson Since the global economic crisis numerous countries experimented with ‘austerity budgets’ with mixed results, at best. Here’s what South Africa can learn First published in Business Day PREMIUM 06 APRIL 2018 - 05:55 ANTHONY BUTLER As the government and trade union negotiators lock horns in the Public …

The DA’s crisis

ANTHONY BUTLER: DA crisis due to more than racial politics It is wrong, if tempting, to attribute all the party’s problems to racial politics First published in Business Day 23 MARCH 2018 - 05:00 ANTHONY BUTLER The DA is in crisis. There are challenges to the chairman of the party’s federal council, James Selfe, who has …

Energy system reform hurdles

ANTHONY BUTLER: Low-energy SA — the World Economic Forum’s ultimate insult South Africa came second to last in the forum’s Energy Transition Index; is there the will to abandon coal, bypass unnecessary nuclear and move directly to renewables? First published by BL PREMIUM 16 MARCH 2018 - 06:25 ANTHONY BUTLER The challenges facing new Energy Minister …

Zombie MPs

ANTHONY BUTLER: Zombie MPs have been jolted back to life First published in Business Day BL PREMIUM 09 MARCH 2018 - ANTHONY BUTLER What on earth has happened to ANC MPs? Two decades ago, the party’s legislators helped forge SA’s new Constitution and overhauled a vast swathe of apartheid-era legislation. Soon after these triumphs, however, many …

Boiling frogs and lobsters

ANTHONY BUTLER: Ramaphosa and the boiling-frog syndrome ANC policy makers are aware that SA is dependent on its white population but relief at Ramaphosa’s ascendency should not turn to arrogance First published in Business Day 09 FEBRUARY 2018 - 06:15 ANTHONY BUTLER In one of the most exciting Swiss news stories to break in decades, the …