The third dimension of Covid-19 uncertainty

ANTHONY BUTLER: Besides health and economics, the lockdown has a third dimension Effects on human culture and behaviour of the pandemic and restrictions have largely been ignored Business Day 23 APRIL 2020 Picture: THE TIMES/ESA ALEXANDER     Government’s proposed easing of Covid-19 restrictions will have to balance health risks with economic effects. But the …

Coronavirus and HIV

ANTHONY BUTLER: What HIV has taught SA about managing pandemics We still have an intervention window and each national department needs to prepare a plan BL PREMIUM 12 MARCH 2020 ANTHONY BUTLER The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the Covid-19 outbreak a global pandemic. Harvard epidemiologist Marc Lipsitch argues that “within the coming year …

Three elephants

Out of the swamp of ANC policies come three bull elephants Gwede Mantashe, Pravin Gordhan and Tito Mboweni have the stuff that allows them to break free of ANC constraints BL PREMIUM 27 FEBRUARY 2020 -- ANTHONY BUTLER Readers of the Book of Revelation have long prophesied that credit ratings agency Moody’s post-budget day of …

Of testicles and tigers

ANTHONY BUTLER: Ramaphosa is learning to draw his lines in the sand BL PREMIUM 16 JANUARY 2020 - 15:46 President Cyril Ramaphosa was beleaguered this week. A manufactured army of protesters demanded that he strip public enterprises minister Pravin Gordhan and his department of control of the Eskom reform process. Direct attacks on the leadership …

The great parastatal scandal

ANTHONY BUTLER: No lack of capacity at ANC when it comes to blame-shifting Rewarding cadres by placing them at parastatals was the prelude to disastrous performance and looting BL PREMIUM 05 DECEMBER 2019 ANTHONY BUTLER Politicians are not very good at running state-owned enterprises (SOEs). But they do have a different, and highly developed, skill-set: …

Assuming the position

How De Ruyter got to ‘assume the position’ Goings on behind the scenes in selecting Eskom’s new CEO would make a hilarious comedy Business Day 21 NOVEMBER 2019 - ANTHONY BUTLER New Eskom CEO Andre de Ruyter. Picture: BLOOMBERG/WALDO SWIEGERS     Observers were perplexed this week by the process that led to Andre de Ruyter’s …