• "The talks on the 'beginning of the rebuild of the country that is falling apart and the priorities for the country that need urgent attention' on which consensus has been reached 'by joining forces in every area of ​​life on the ground working together for a better future’ will, like all previous talks in this regard, yield no solutions or any results,” says Fanie Brink, an independent agricultural economist.

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa, in his most recent newsletter, acknowledged that small businesses were helped by various grants and loans provided by a number of government departments to survive the lockdown. While this is all good and well, the reality is that many businesses in need never received a cent from government. 

  • The Expropriation Without Compensation Bill, currently before Parliament, has the potential of devastating the South African economy.

  • Die uitsprake van Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa dat die ANC nie ‘n beleid van nasionalisering voorstaan nie, stel TLU SA glad nie gerus dat alle grond (en ander eiendom) nie uiteindelik in staatsbesit sal wees nie.  

  • ‘Suddenly the fingers of a human hand appeared and wrote on the plaster of the wall, near the lampstand in the royal palace. The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened that his legs became weak and his knees were knocking.’

  • One of the common expressions of derision in our political lexicon is the ‘tickbox exercise’.

  • Television’s extensive coverage of South Africa’s violence and looting spree that exploded before an incredulous world over the past few weeks has been a turning point for the African National Congress (ANC): its gilded image of idealistic revolutionaries on a high moral ground bravely fighting a wicked racist system took something of a beating as hordes of its followers trampled our country into the ground in the rush to grab something – anything – because it was there!

  • State job ads are just window dressing- TLU SA has for years highlighted the connection between South Africa’s descent into possible candidacy for “failed statehood”, and the deployment of cadre appointees to government jobs, without regard to their suitability for the post.

  • A report by the World Bank titled, Africa’s Pulse: Climate Change Adaptation in Sub-Saharan Africa Can Improve Resilience and Deliver Jobs, says that South Africa will need $215-billion — or roughly R3.7-trillion — in investment in its cities to mitigate and adapt to a heating world with a changing climate.

  • South Africa’s National Treasury has done an excellent job in the 2021 medium term budget policy statement of balancing the fiscal and political pressures forced on it by economic stagnation and the incoherence of government policy.

  • President Cyril Ramaphosa frequently talks about the need for structural economic reform in his State of the Nation addresses and elsewhere. But what our government wants falls well short of anything that could be described as reform in the conventional sense. 

  • Fanie Brink, Independent Agricultural Economist

  • On 10 June, the Estonian foreign ministry summoned the Russian ambassador to protest about remarks made by President Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin comparing himself to the 18th-century Russian tsar Peter the Great. Putin, now in his 23rd year of power, drew a parallel the previous day between himself and Peter’s appropriation of foreign lands, including the Estonian border town of Narva.