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Where’s the outrage?

South Africa has been plunged in darkness. Everyone except the idiots who caused the crisis says it will seriously damage the economy. Yet nobody has been fired. Not even a few token dismissals of powerless and innocent underlings.

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Rights, wrongs and regulation

It hurts to say this, but I agree with the health minister. Like her, I believe that something needs to be done to address private hospitals’ proposed tariff increases. But the problem, which the minister has yet to admit, is that she appears to have no express statutory power to act. Like the problem of…

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Using Madiba

It was interesting to notice last week a few blogs on Thought Leader about Nelson Mandela, affectionately known as Madiba. I was hoping to respond to these blogs earlier, but blogging is not my full-time occupation and I just could not find the time to do so. I have always felt that many people use…

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My work is done

I’ve been speaking to a guy this morning who complained of being put on “short-time”. The factory where he is employed only has enough work to allow employees to work two days a week — meaning they only get two days’ pay per week. I used to work in a factory. And there, the marketing…

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The silence of the frogs

Frogs. It’s all about the frogs. Or at least not just about frogs as such, but about what our little amphibian neighbours teach us. Ecologists call frogs an indicator species because, with their highly permeable skins and living both in water and on land, frogs are among the first species to show if something is…

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Private healthcare’s ‘super’ profits

People often accuse journalists of profiting from the misfortune of others. So do private hospitals, except they do much better. According to Business Day, the Hospital Association of South Africa, which represents the private hospital industry, is stepping up its campaign to convince the government not to regulate private hospital fees. It is arguing that…

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Give me the info, but make it quick

I’ve developed a curious reading disorder and I’ve established that I’m not alone. I hardly read in the strictest sense any longer. I’m stretching if I have to read a piece of more than 500 words without getting to the point. I ignore articles that have vague headlines. Ninety percent of my knowledge of current…

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Maybe the bar is just too high for the ANC …

I forget what the column in the Pretoria News was called, but it was one that writers would take up for a season and then move on to something else. The column retained its name and identity, but different styles, perceptions, questions and answers came and went. During my tenure there, Rob Fysh — now…

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Power to the people, but not through a plug!

I am surprised I am even able to begin this column; this is not to suggest that I will finish it, though. You never know when load-shedding will visit. Electricity is truly scarce nowadays. It is either taken away by load-shedding or through cut-offs of those who do not pay. Load-shedding prevails, whichever way you…

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The ‘wine of the bean’

I am a slave to the “wine of the bean” more commonly known as coffee. If I don’t have a cup of coffee before I start my day, I am just a ______ (I think vulgarities are not allowed on this blog) — well, let’s just say that I am a bad, unfriendly person. The…

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