Tito marshals us to higher interest rates

It is rare for private-sector economists and Cosatu to agree on anything. But, they have jointly criticised the decision of the South African Reserve Bank to increase the interest rate last week. The basic argument is that the monetary policy committee has gone too far by increasing the interest rate to 10,5%. Or, as they…

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City council’s good response to storms is no hoax!

The storm hoax provided a funny reminder of how gullible some of us streetwise Jo’burgers can be. However, there was a real storm and real storm damage in parts of Johannesburg a few days before. In Lenasia — where I stay — the storm on Saturday evening left some parts of our suburb with substantial…

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The geek as activist

The Geek Freedom League actually exists. Its existence was proclaimed enthusiatically by a usually mild-mannered and friendly chap, who happens to be a family member. But when he comes to open source, he becomes a militant. And like all militants, militancy requires wearing the right gear and having the right slogans. His gear of choice…

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Go, Bokke … (Well, most of the time)

Rugby bamboozles me. It must be passing the ball backwards and running forward at the same time. I have also never played rugby — if you exclude a couple of games of that sissy sport touch rugby. Of course, that qualifies me to write an article on rugby. And that’s being more ambitious than wanting…

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Cosatu and the ANC ‘top six’ nominations

The reaction to Cosatu’s decision to name its six preferred candidates for the top six positions in the ANC (actually eight candidates, as there are three names for the position of national chairperson) has been predictable. The ANC has described it as arrogant. Several pioneers of the union movement want to discuss the issue with…

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Entrance fees at universities :(

On registering (once again) this year for my master’s degree, I was told that a requirement of my registration was paying R4 500. Should I not be able to pay this “initial payment”, I would not be registered for the course. I could afford this as I am working and earning. But, had this been a…

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Copy-editing the ANC

If there ever were a case for pre-publication editing (not censorship), it would be the series of articles that have appeared on ANC Today called A Fundamental Revolutionary Lesson: The Enemy Manoeuvres But It Remains the Enemy. It is not that I disagree with the arguments being made; it is that I am not sure…

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Islamic charities make positive changes

Ramadan is the Islamic fasting month. Most Muslims use the fasting month to discharge the obligatory charity, called Zakaat, for those with the means. Ramadan is also a time when voluntary charity is given more freely. I am nowhere close to being versed with the rules and regulations covering all these charities, but having done…

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Why Adrian Mole is more important than Browse Mole

The so-called Browse Mole Report presumably provided all the head honchos of the ANC with worried bedtime reading, and for all of us yet another twist in the succession politics. Another worry for the leadership is that a seditious poem has been written, which reads as follows: What future is there for the young? What…

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