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 …

Sport in Schools

ANTHONY BUTLER: Kolisi’s path to victory was well-resourced Ndlozi, the EFF spokesperson, was not totally wrong in his sentiments about black players in mostly white sporting codes First published in BL PREMIUM 07 NOVEMBER 2019 Siya Kolisi. Picture: GALLO IMAGES     The EFF’s commissar for communications, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, posted a controversial Tweet in the …

“Independent” panel clears the way for Steenhuisen?

Maimane set in motion process that led to his downfall An "independent" review found the DA leader indecisive, inconsistent and conflict averse, but exempted John Steenhuisen from resignation demands First published in Business Day 24 OCTOBER 2019 - 15:45 What do you get when you combine a “reputation manager”, a political adviser and a banker? …

Entrenched interests at Eskom

ANTHONY BUTLER: President’s councils are good for reform, but entrenched interests will be hard to displace No matter how sensible his advisers, Cyril Ramaphosa will struggle to oust politically connected rentiers First published in Business Day 10 OCTOBER 2019 ANTHONY BUTLER Members of the economic advisory council. Front row (L-R): Khensani Kubayi, Wandile Sihlobo, Renosi …

Beware Boris

Boris’s fake Don Quixote lances scrutiny of dark AI arts Johnson plays the clown at the UN while planning to bypass democratic process with hi-tech algorithms First published in Business Day 26 SEPTEMBER 2019 British Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves Downing Street on September 26, 2019 in London, England. The Prime Minster faced MPs in …

The EFF’s growth trap

ANTHONY BUTLER: EFF needs more charm, less machismo The party would do better if its leadership reflected something more positive than its patriarchal and militaristic culture BL PREMIUM 30 AUGUST 2019 ANTHONY BUTLER   Political leaders cannot take the expansion — or even the survival — of their parties for granted. It is little wonder …

NHI blues

ANTHONY BUTLER: Treating NHI as a battlefield will help no-one While the DA is blindly partisan, the ANC is stubbornly waging a war when peace talks would be more productive First published in Business Day 16 AUGUST 2019 - 05:08 ANTHONY BUTLER Reforming public health systems is hard. Perhaps it is little wonder that government’s National …