Covid-19 reminds us of the importance of effective border controls

Covid-19 reminds us of the importance of effective border controls


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

PANIC is now at its peak around the world over Covid-19.

It’s an unpleasant situation – that is maiming and will maim the economy all over the world.

Just like…

Without a stronger opposition, South Africa’s democracy is doomed


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

IT’S been twenty-five years since the founding of a democratic South Africa, and the African National Congress (ANC) still commands electoral support.

The followers of the ANC must be…

Globalization, the coronavirus and South Africa


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

THERE are no solutions to our problems, there are only trade-offs, economist Thomas Sowell of the Hoover Institution once remarked.

Sowell was absolutely correct. What we believe to be…

Will Mboweni do what is right in his budget speech?


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

SOUTH Africa’s economy is not growing at a speed experienced by other major emerging markets. The growth levels for 2020 projected by major financial institutions are disheartening. The…

Reflections on Ramaphosa’s AU chairmanship in 2020


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

A WEEK ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa took over the 2020 chairmanship of the African Union (AU). This means South Africa will be at the helm of Africa’s affairs…

Davos 2020: The focus should be on poverty, not inequality


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

THE world’s elite, heads of states, heads of NGOs, heads of businesses, leading journalists, are in Davos, Switzerland this week, for the annual meeting of the World Economic…

My 2020 advice to President Cyril Ramaphosa


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

AS WE ENTER 2020, I remind you again that South Africa’s economy under Cyril Ramaphosa’s African National Congress (ANC) is in a serious crisis. Anybody who reads about…

Reflections on Cold War and Africa’s human progress


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

IN contrast to 30 years ago, the world is a better place in consideration of almost all the metrics of human development including economic growth, healthcare, access to…

A UCT boycott of Israel would be disastrous


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

THIS week, the University of Cape Town (UCT) Senate is set to reconsider whether to support an ill-thought resolution passed in relation to Israel’s academic institutions in March…

South Africa should learn to admit its policy blunders


JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA

AS a nation, South Africa needs to learn to unashamedly confront and admit its post-1994 socioeconomic failures. The confrontation and admission of these failures need to be visible…