The lame duck shuffle

ANTHONY BUTLER: Schemes and skeletons in the Cabinet  Business Day 20 OCTOBER 2017 Jacob Zuma’s Cabinet reshuffle was one of the last quacks of a lame-duck president. It will be a surprise if new Energy Minister David Mahlobo can advance binding nuclear procurement agreements in the eight weeks before the ANC’s elective conference. The best …

Now there are just three likely outcomes in December: #1 is CR as president

ANTHONY BUTLER: Can Cyril Ramaphosa rescue SA from ruin? What kind of president would Ramaphosa be? There are some positive indicators, as well as serious drawbacks BL PREMIUM 06 OCTOBER 2017 - 06:04 ANTHONY BUTLER - Cyril Ramaphosa. Picture: GCIS We can now assign roughly equal probabilities to three outcomes at the ANC’s December conference. These are: …

Some old books that help us predict Trump’s impact

All the world’s a stage where Donald Trump is free to make his worst mistakes An American president’s powers are quite circumscribed at home. This is not the case in foreign policy, writes Anthony Butler Business Day, 11 November, 2016. Commentators and financial market analysts are struggling to figure out the possible implications of Donald …

The ANC as a religion

ANC is not unlike new 'churches of prosperity'. Business Day, 18 February 2011. Anthony Butler President Jacob Zuma has been widely admonished for his recent claim that opposition voters support “the man who carries a fork” and “cooks people”. He has also been criticized for his insistence that holders of African National Congress (ANC) membership …

Why shopping matters (2011)

  A deep-seated national prejudice against conspicuous consumption has been exposed in recent weeks. First there was a furore around businessman Kenny Kunene’s nibbles from sushi-bedecked women. Then journalists ridiculed a Department of Public Works’ tender for golden gravy ladles, cut-glass champagne glasses, and Persian carpets “of presidential standard” for the Bryntirion ministerial estate. Soon …