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SHAMEFUL

By : Darlene Creamer 18th March 2022 While it ’ s not unmanageable to point out the West ’ s hypocrisy in its response to Russia ’ s condemnable invasion of Ukraine, South Africa ’ s own reply has been disgraceful. The decision to abstain in a United Nations vote condemning Russia has been rationalised on the footing on this country ’ second commitment to … →
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CROSSING THE LINE

By : Darlene Creamer 11th March 2022 Russian President Vladimir Putin made the earth a less safe space than it already was when he authorised the invasion of his democratic neighbor on February 24 on the false guise of “ demilitarisation and denazification ”. The steep escalation in tensions when russian troops crossed the … →

CROSSING THE LINE: Russian President Vladimir Putin made the world a less safe place than it already was when he authorised the invasion of his democratic neighbour on February 24 on the false pretexts of “demilitarisation and de-Nazification”. The steep escalation in tensions when Russian troops crossed the Ukraine borders from the north, east and south, steepened further when Putin placed Russia’s nuclear deterrent on high alert. The fallout has been felt in the form of civilian deaths, a growing humanitarian crisis, the roiling of energy markets and in diplomatic confusion, especially among the democratic members of the Brics bloc, including South Africa.

BREAKING POINT

By : Darlene Creamer 4th March 2022 Some of the crime statistics included in the report covering the third quarter of the 2021/22 fiscal year are beyond upsetting. South Africa recorded 6 859 murders in the three-month period, up from 6 279 in the match menstruation of 2020, while 9 556 people were raped. Yet, alternatively of an … →
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RED-TAPE ALERT

By : Darlene Creamer 25th February 2022 For respective years, government has been promising to cut the unnecessary red magnetic tape undermining entrepreneurship and smother investment. For this reason, President Cyril Ramaphosa ’ s appointment of business luminary Sipho Nkosi as his red-tape-reduction czar has been welcomed. That welcome has been … →
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DEATHLY ROOTS

By : Darlene Creamer 18th February 2022 There is nothing startling in the composition of the technical gore appointed to review government ’ randomness reception to the July 2021 civil unrest. It confirms that factional politics is now having deadly consequences, that poverty and inequality are dry kindling fair waiting for a spark and that our public … →
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THE PPE WE NEED NOW

By : Darlene Creamer 11th February 2022 The final Special Investigating Unit report into imposter and putrescence linked to the procurement of personal protective equipment ( PPE ), adenine well as other works and services purchased in answer to Covid, makes for dour read. The report deals with contracts valued jointly at over … →
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PRICE SHOCK

By : Darlene Creamer 4th February 2022 As expected, none of the non-Eskom stakeholders who made oral representations to the energy governor on Eskom ’ south request for a 20.5 % increase had any sympathy for such a hike. Doubly then given the context of a weak economic expectation, rising unemployment and deepening poverty. That said, many of the … →
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ENSNARED BY AMBITION

By : Darlene Creamer 28th January 2022 Tourism Minister Lindiwe Sisulu ’ s deeply dysphemistic and uncorroborated attack on the judiciary and her sabotage of a constitution that she has taken an oath to defend has all the authentication of an excessively ambitious politician who cynically believes that ends ( securing the ANC presidency in this … →
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DUSTBIN OF HISTORY

By : Darlene Creamer 21st January 2022 South Africa plainly can not afford a reprise of 2021 this year. Further delays in dealing with the area ’ s big problems of load-shedding, economic and social crime, vaccine hesitance and, most worryingly, a growth rate that is besides moo to make a dent into chronic unemployment will set the scene … →
South Africa simply cannot afford a repeat of 2021 this year. Further delays in dealing with the country’s big problems of load-shedding, economic and social crime, vaccine hesitancy and, most worryingly, a growth rate that is too low to make a dent into chronic unemployment will set the scene for the type of deadly instability that gripped the country in July last year. Decisive policymaking and diligent implementation are the only ways to confine 2021 to the dustbin of history.

(OMI)NOUS OR SIGNAL?

By : Darlene Creamer 10th December 2021 Given patchy ball-shaped inoculation penetration and ongoing reluctance at home, the emergence of a newfangled Covid-19 random variable was vitamin a inevitable as the fourth beckon. Far less inevitable is the health hazard posed by Omicron. particularly if there is stricter attachment to the raise nonpharmaceutical protocols and … →
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RUNGS OF HELL

By : Darlene Creamer 3rd December 2021 South Africa ’ s bass electricity crisis has its genesis not in the past 18 months and not even in the past ten, although it was decidedly made bad by the toxic State-capture years and sustenance negligence. The crisis can be traced back to policy and regulative missteps that date all the way … →
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MOVE ON

By : Darlene Creamer 26th November 2021 Despite the advanced long time of Eskom ’ s coal fleet, coal power will remain a meaning separate of the domestic electricity mix for many years so far, with the newly Medupi and Kusile stations having extended coal ’ s horizon by decades. South Africa should not be planning to build any new coal capacity, … →
MOVE ON: Despite the advanced age of Eskom’s coal fleet, coal power will remain a significant part of the domestic electricity mix for many years yet, with the new Medupi and Kusile stations having extended coal’s horizon by decades. South Africa should not be planning to build any new coal capacity, however. This is not only because of the environmental and climate impacts, but because such plants would only add to South Africa’s already steeply rising cost of electricity. What’s more, they are going to be hard, if not impossible, to finance.

ENERGY SAPPING

By : Darlene Creamer 19th November 2021 There is no promptly fasten for South Africa ’ s growth- and confidence-sapping bouts of load-shedding. The coal fleet has been run besides unvoiced for excessively long and maintenance neglected. South Africa ’ s stop/start procurement of modern electricity means that the capacity needed to support static operations amid … →
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HARD HAT

By : Darlene Creamer 12th November 2021 Besides being known as the ultimate African National Congress insider, Enoch Godongwana, South Africa ’ s raw Finance Minister, is besides known for wearing fedora hats, frequently with the feather on the side. With his maid Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement behind him, it appears that holding the … →
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ENERGY SQUEEZE

By : Darlene Creamer 5th November 2021 Scottish rock band Stealers Wheel, sang about ‘ Clowns to the left of me ! Jokers to the right field ! ’ in their 1970s stumble birdcall ‘ Stuck in the Middle with You ’. At the tail-end of 2021, South african consumers are evenly stuck in the middle. .. of an energy crunch. With load-shedding to the leave and … →
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FLATTEN THE CURVE

By : Darlene Creamer 29th October 2021 The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change ’ s Working Group 1 report, which assesses the physical skill footing for climate change, points to a near-linear kinship between accumulative human-generated carbon dioxide ( CO2 ) emissions and the global warming they cause. The report besides … →
FLATTEN THE CURVE

LEAP OF LOGIC 

By : Darlene Creamer 22nd October 2021 While President Cyril Ramaphosa was urging investors to embrace green energy and calling on rich countries to support develop country energy transitions with concessional finance, his mineral Resources and Energy Minister was jumping to a very different decision. Gwede Mantashe said green … →
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REGULATORY RUCTIONS:

By : Darlene Creamer 15th October 2021 The decision of the National Energy Regulator of South Africa ( Nersa ) to reject Eskom ’ s gross applications for the three-year period from 2022/23 to 2024/25 has created ructions. The decisiveness is based on the fact that Nersa is reviewing the current methodology, which it says has failed to … →
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NEW BARRIER

By : Darlene Creamer 8th October 2021 South Africans were rightly upset by the opaque, and apparently non-scientific argue, behind the united kingdom government ’ s holocene decisiveness to keep the country on its Covid Red List. The country ’ randomness exports could face alike apparently unfair discussion as the European Union prepares to implement a tariffs … →
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VOTER HESITANCY

By : Darlene Creamer 1st October 2021 Vaccine reluctance is not the only kind of reluctance troubling South Africans. many eligible voters are deeply unsealed about how best to exercise their November 1 municipal vote, despite chronic power, urine, pothole, and refuse problems, american samoa well as a ceaseless pour of putrescence scandals …. →

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APP(Y) DAYS

By : Darlene Creamer 24th September 2021 With signs of waning vaccine uptake, South Africa is set to join a growing list of countries that require either digital or physical proof of inoculation before an individual can participate in certain activities. Since August, France has stipulated that a Passe Sanitaire QR-code is required for … →
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VOTING FOR MANDATES

By : Darlene Creamer 17th September 2021 The announcement of South Africa ’ s municipal election go steady more or less coincided with Discovery ’ s announcement that the company intended moving to a mandate Covid inoculation policy from January 1. The move will not make CEO Adrian Gore popular with everyone, particularly in a context of ongoing … →
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FISSI(ON) THE MENU

By : Darlene Creamer 10th September 2021 Moves to open the way for 2 500 MW of newly nuclear capacitance raises a menu of questions. If new nuclear is low-cost, why is there no allotment for it in the Integrated Resource Plan ( IRP ) ? If it ’ south designed to replace power from Inga, why is there not a broader IRP pass to test the least-cost … →
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GATEWAY OR WALL

By : Darlene Creamer 3rd September 2021 South Africa ’ second ports have had a torrid two years : operations were hit hard during the early on attack of the Covid-19 pandemic ; the KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng riots rocked the N3 corridor and the Port of Durban ; and Transnet was then hit by a debilitating cyber-attack. even before these events, … →
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NO TIME TO HESITATE

By : Darlene Creamer 27th August 2021 After an agonizingly decelerate begin and some bad luck, South Africa ’ s inoculation broadcast is no longer provide constrained. demand, however, has become a new refer, with vaccine hesitance the major lawsuit. This is worrying for several reasons but is particularly worrying from an economic … →
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REAL RISK

By : Darlene Creamer 20th August 2021 Yes, supporters of former President Jacob Zuma measuredly planned and executed a scheme to destabilise the country when they initiated attacks on key economic infrastructure following his imprison in Estcourt. The deadly riots that followed, however, were sustained partially by the desperate … →
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HACK WARNING

By : Darlene Creamer 13th August 2021 The holocene cyber-attack on Transnet, which paralysed operations at the nation ’ mho ports entirely days after deadly riot did besides, was however another warn of just how vulnerable the state ’ s economic infrastructure is to cyber-crime. All companies, but specially South Africa ’ sulfur utilities, will … →
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HORRIFYING REFLECTION

By : Darlene Creamer 6th August 2021 The late rebellion, which triggered widespread and deadly violence and plunder, was a test of both South Africa ’ s first Constitution and its mature democracy. While both passed the test, it however reflected dreadfully on the nation and its image as a stable and condom investment … →
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BUILDING BACK

By : Darlene Creamer 30th July 2021 The three C ’ mho of ‘ conspiracy ’, ‘ conditions ’ and ‘ capacity ’ combined toxically this month when South Africa witnessed condemnable scenes of deadly violence, larceny and destruction. The conspirators had been plotting rebellion always since Cyril Ramaphosa ’ s razor-thin 2017 Nasrec victory and were … →
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RACE IS ON

By : Darlene Creamer 23rd July 2021 For South Africa to have any casual of extending its 2021 economic rebound into a full-blown multidecade convalescence, an exceeding effort has to be made to vaccinate as many people as possible in as fast a time as possible. a lot like the Covid-affected Tokyo Olympics, South Africa is in a substantial race …. →
RACE IS ON

DELTA BLOW

By : Darlene Creamer 16th July 2021 As the Delta variant blows through South Africa and many other countries, the good news is that the vaccines remain effective. The bad newsworthiness is that South Africa ’ s slow pace of inoculation has left them unable to provide any meaningful auspices against the third gear wave. Every attempt now needs to … →
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DELTA BLOW : As the Delta version blows through South Africa and many other countries, the adept news is that the vaccines remain effective. The bad news program is that South Africa ’ s slow footstep of vaccination has left them unable to provide any meaningful protective covering against the third base beckon. Every attempt immediately needs to be made to ensure a rapid increase in the pace and scale of the vaccination drive, particularly as the supply constraints ease .

JABS & JOBS

By : Darlene Creamer 9th July 2021 There is little doubt that the aggregate Covid vaccination roll-out represents South Africa ’ s most important economic stimulation program and will provide the foundation for job-creating investment. After a sluggish start and then some serious early setbacks, the program is at end picking up … →
JABS & JOBS

TRANSMISSION TRANSITION

By : Darlene Creamer 2nd July 2021 The creation, by year-end, of the Independent Transmission System and Market Operator, or ITSMO, is arguably the most important adjacent reform required to align the electricity supply industry ( ESI ) with the unfolding energy passage. Without an effective and, ultimately, in full mugwump … →
TRANSMISSION TRANSITION

STEADY CLIMB

By : Darlene Creamer 25th June 2021 For years, South Africa has been promising reforms to stimulate emergence, investing and jobs. Until this month, however, those pledges have not been translated into action. On June 10, President Cyril Ramaphosa took a boastful dance step when he announced a major electricity reform. A sidereal day later, Public … →
STEADY CLIMB

MONSTROUS CURVE

By : Darlene Creamer 11th June 2021 South Africa ’ s official unemployment rate increased to a terrifying 32.6 % in the first quarter of 2021, the highest grade since the report card was introduced 13 years ago. On the expanded definition the video is far worse, at 43.2 %. frighteningly, only 15-million of South Africa ’ s 39.5-million … →
MONSTROUS CURVE

MUSCULAR EFFORT

By : Darlene Creamer 4th June 2021 South Africa ’ mho phased mass inoculation effort is finally under way, with health workers and people over 60 receiving precedence under the initial stage of Phase 2. success in scaling up the political campaign so that the majority of the adult population is inoculated before year-end is now critical if a … →
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PRICE GYRATIONS

By : Darlene Creamer 28th May 2021 The iron-ore price has come under the foreground this month with both sharply daily gains and steep declines recorded. The volatility has led to questions about whether the iron-ore monetary value is responding to super-cycle-type conditions, or whether it is plainly riding a inquisitive roller-coaster. time … →
PRICE GYRATIONS

WAVE WARNING

By : Darlene Creamer 21st May 2021 As South Africa faces a one-third Covid-19 wave, it ’ south crucial that we don ’ thymine let down our guard, despite the fact that we are all highly tired of the living under ongoing restrictions. For now, masquerade break, physical outdistance and hand hygiene remain our best defense ahead of a mass vaccination … →
WAVE WARNING

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