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Ivo Vegter

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Ivo Vegter writes and argues for fun and profit. He is a columnist, magazine journalist and apprentice model shipwright. In his spare time, he helps run a research company. He specialises in the tech and telecoms industries, but keeps a blog on politics, economics and other curiosities on the spike

The Gaia death cult

It’s unnerving how often one is faced with declarations about the desirability of fewer people on Earth, in response to criticisms of environmentalist politicking. Fewer…

The polar-bear plot

The US Fish & Wildlife Service is considering listing the polar bear as a threatened species, under that country's Endangered Species Act. This is an underhanded ploy by evil environmentalists.

Eskom’s sacrificial offering?

Has Eskom fired Ehud Matya? That is the claim made in a comment on my blog. The Eskom story, with all its myriad twists and turns and all its implications for economic policy and political accountability, has become thoroughly tiresome, but it just won't die.

Oh, switch off our MINDS, not our MINES?

If there are two things even more annoying than our power crisis itself, one is the feel-good positive-thinking rubbish people have been writing, and the other are the insults and nonsense we're being fed by government.

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.

Turf out the ANC liars

Isn't it time to fire the liars, for a start, and then revisit the notion that government is capable of delivering services? Isn't it time we rely on the energy, innovation and hard work of ordinary South Africans to make a better life for themselves?

Vindication for the racists

It's not funny. It's actually pretty scary. But all the white racists who voted "no" in the 1992 referendum, which asked white voters whether they'd be okay with "power sharing" with the ANC, are vindicated. Turns out there's not enough power to share.

Obsessed with teen sex

An alarmist report on e-tv about teenage abortions is sending the wrong message to our adults.

Imagine, poor people with cars!

The Indian Tata group has unveiled the Nano, an aptly-named new car that will sell for just R17 500 (Rp100 000, or $2 550), not counting taxes and import duties. One would think that promising to improve the quality of life of millions of people who previously couldn't afford the luxury of a motor vehicle would be hailed as tremendous news.