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Coenraad Bezuidenhout

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Coenraad Bezuidenhout has a masters degree in political economy and a decade's worth of experience in economic policy and public affairs. He currently heads up the Manufacturing Circle, a private sector lobby group representing - you guessed it - South African manufacturers. He writes here in his personal capacity on any issues of immediate interest related to politics, economics, public affairs and the arts.

Shadowboxing for jobs and economic growth

This entry marks the first of my revived, renamed blog. Yes, future missives of mine will henceforth be fired off under the title, “Chequered Reality”.…

Achieving more with your vote, the natural way

“So much for the Prague Spring”, mumbled the chattering classes a year ago today as they waddled off to cast their ballots and so help…

Nationalism isn’t the answer

It was late. I was tired and trying to find my way out of the city. It must have been Maas op ‘n Maandag (“Maas…

Mbeki’s legacy — what legacy?

A flip through a KwaZulu-Natal newspaper the other day revealed former minister in the presidency Essop Pahad had been defending former president Thabo Mbeki’s legacy…

My John Hlophe — small comfort for Pius Langa

Just over three years ago, shortly after my agonising crawl towards formal employment ended, I acquired a winter sweetheart in one of the winelands’ politically…

Facebook’n towards a more caring society

When I first read it, I literally turned into a rooinek as the blood welled up in my gills. “Don’t go where you are tolerated.…