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Monthly Archives: Sep 2019

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Mboweni’s recovery paper is strong in words but poor in facts

Mboweni’s recovery paper is strong in words but poor in facts Recent  events in our country caused me to look back in 2011 when Moeletsi Mbeki threw technical bones in his book, Architects of Poverty, and looked into the future “I can predict when SA’s “Tunisia Day” will arrive. The...

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Transmitter of accolades to the deserving

Transmitter of accolades to the deserving On Sunday, the Lehohla family hosted a function at Hermon in Mafeteng, at a primary school which all of them had attended. They were honouring their brother Dr Pali Lehohla for his achievements throughout his career. This is an edited version of the...

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A tribute to an Afrikaner intellectual

A tribute to an Afrikaner intellectual An Afrikaner intellectual has fallen. Professor David Stoker, a leading African figure in survey sampling methodology joined the ancestors on Wednesday at 89. His career was colourful. But as the Bapedi would say “Khaka kholo se na mabala, ha e fofa e nts’o,...

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When lies are tolerated, this is what happens

When lies are tolerated, this is what happens When we cannot confront national lies for a period of time, like the lie that masqueraded as truth that state capture is a lie, we end up piling on institutional burdens and laws on top of the other without stopping to...

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Under-performing financial products just won’t die

Under-performing financial products just won’t die  The former chairperson of the Federal Reserve, Alan Greenspan, has had a colourful career. In 1987, after getting into office, he faced a storm – the 1987 stock market crash. Monday, October 1987, went down in history as Black Monday as stocks crashed...

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SA must tackle sustainable development goals

SA must tackle sustainable development goals  Christmas came and went and so has the New Year. Suddenly we are back to our routine. Our sense for the year has just begun. The big agenda for South Africa is the national elections. This will usher in the sixth administration.  A...

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Better the devil you know in political choices

Better the devil you know in political choices Coalition  politics are generally a positive feature of a maturing body politic.  But they are also a feature of a “second hand car dealership” of wheeling and dealing amongst the political elite.Theyalso facilitate corruption. In that regard, they are a feature of a...

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If nothing else works, it’s time to get naked

If nothing else works, it’s time to get naked Professor Birmingham, who lectured us in microeconomics at the National University of Lesotho, would mesmerise us when talking about perfect markets. Four years later, in 1980, at the University of Ghana I would be similarly mesmerised by the Makola Market....

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Bean counters of the nations are busy bees

Bean counters of the nations are busy bees For five years now, statisticians, the bean counters of nations, have been the busy bees of the world.  This mob is moving with to close the Millennium Development Agenda (MDGs) and the Sustainable Development Agenda (SDGs). There is no end in...