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Saved by democracy?
Saved by democracy?
27th September 2019 By: Terence Creamer

The reactions of Julius Malema and Gwede Mantashe respectively to recent negative media reports show up stark differences in both style and substance. True, the allegations published about Malema’s... 


Growth engine
Growth engine
20th September 2019 By: Terence Creamer

For those still in search of evidence of just how beneficial a relationship South Africa enjoys with the rest of the continent – and Southern Africa in particular – a visit to any regional border... 


Food for thought
Food for thought
13th September 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Next week is the deadline for the submission of comments on the economic policy paper released by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni in late August. The paper’s distribution came as something of a... 


VAR and the IRP
VAR and the IRP
6th September 2019 By: Terence Creamer

If you watch international football, you will be acutely aware that one of the hottest topics of conversations these days is ‘VAR’ or the video assistant referee. Never does a weekend go by without... 


Political gamesmanship?
Political gamesmanship?
30th August 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Mineral Resources and Energy minister Gwede Mantashe left many scratching their heads again last week after a briefing of mostly foreign correspondents in Johannesburg. It came as little surprise... 


What not to do
What not to do
23rd August 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Given South Africa’s current economic predicament, it is not only natural but also important for government, along with its business and labour partners, to begin looking outside of the country’s... 


All hands to the pump
All hands to the pump
16th August 2019 By: Terence Creamer

There is a growing tendency among hitherto committed and well-intentioned South Africans to simply throw up their hands in despair when considering the state of the economy and the slow pace of... 


Grasping the nettle
Grasping the nettle
9th August 2019 By: Terence Creamer

South Africans are most certainly weary of commissions of inquiry and it’s, thus, entirely inopportune to be talking about the possibility of convening yet another one. It’s far from clear,... 


People matter
People matter
2nd August 2019 By: Terence Creamer

A key take away from the dreadful ‘State capture era’ it is that institutions matter and so do the people that lead them. If it had not been for the resilience of key individuals in the judiciary,... 


Stale and uninspiring
Stale and uninspiring
26th July 2019 By: Terence Creamer

There was little sign of the promised ‘reform agenda’ in the recent Budget Vote speeches delivered by South Africa’s newly appointed Cabinet Ministers. In far too many instances, the speeches... 


Missed opportunity
Missed opportunity
19th July 2019 By: Terence Creamer

In light of the intensifying global efforts to tackle climate change, as well as South Africa’s ratification of the Paris Climate Agreement, it would be irresponsible for government to do nothing... 


High impact
High impact
12th July 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Britain’s got Brexit, America has Trump and South Africa’s got corruption. When such powerful single-issue themes permeate just about every political and economic development, a country can easily... 


Can we dream big again?
Can we dream big again?
5th July 2019 By: Terence Creamer

President Cyril Ramaphosa was heavily criticised for using the closing section of his June 20 State of the Nation Address (SoNA) to outline an aspirational vision for South Africa. As part of his... 


Future certain
Future certain
28th June 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Four important energy-related reports were released during the course of June, all of which contain important messages and signals for South Africa and its future energy, industrial and... 


Ramaphoria 2.0?
Ramaphoria 2.0?
21st June 2019 By: Terence Creamer

June started disastrously and only got worse as the days passed. The month began with some unbearable passing of the political buck over who was to blame for the inhumane demolition of some 80... 


Seize the opportunity
Seize the opportunity
14th June 2019 By: Terence Creamer

In early May, South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu) general-secretary Zwelinzima Vavi surprised many when he described the transition from coal to renewable energy was “inevitable”. Now,... 


What now?
What now?
7th June 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Then there were ten! In reality, far more than ten individuals have occupied the top job at State-owned electricity utility Eskom over its 96-year history. However, following Thulani Gcabashe’s... 


SA’s mega mission
SA’s mega mission
31st May 2019 By: Terence Creamer

The ‘13 Minutes to the Moon’ podcast series being broadcast by the BBC World Service to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing holds several inspiration lessons for South Africa as... 


Out of step
Out of step
24th May 2019 By: Terence Creamer

A new report on global energy investment in 2018 points to an ongoing misalignment between approved expenditure on new fuel and power projects and meeting the twin goals security of supply and... 


Time to engage
Time to engage
17th May 2019 By: Terence Creamer

The mood at the media conference hosted in February at the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) 7 Rissik Street head office in downtown Johannesburg was beyond angry. President Joseph Montisetse... 


No honeymoon
No honeymoon
10th May 2019 By: Terence Creamer

With the 2019 finally elections out of the way, the new administration can expect little or no honeymoon period. The President and his team will have to hit the ground running to stand any chance... 


Technology and systemic innovation
Technology and systemic innovation
3rd May 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Asked during a recent interview with Wired magazine what technologies will have the most impact during the next five to 10 years, former US Vice-President, climate campaigner and technology... 


Seeing the unseeable
Seeing the unseeable
26th April 2019 By: Terence Creamer

The backstory to the capturing of the first-ever images of a supermassive black hole, taken from the galaxy known as M87, holds lessons for South Africa as we reflect back on 25 years of democracy.... 


Backsliding
Backsliding
19th April 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa remained below population growth for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, with the region’s largest economies, including South Africa, continuing to act as... 


Political anchor needed
Political anchor needed
12th April 2019 By: Terence Creamer

During a recent lecture in South Africa, world-renowned political scientist and author Francis Fukuyama took his audience on a brief yet comprehensive tour of the global development models that... 


Ethics and capability
Ethics and capability
5th April 2019 By: Terence Creamer

It is interesting to note that the National School of Government’s mandatory and compulsory programmes – launched last month as part of a renewed efforts at improve the governance and... 


What is to be done?
What is to be done?
29th March 2019 By: Terence Creamer

In the short-term, the only way for South Africa’s crisis-prone electricity utility to stave off rotational power cuts, or decrease the severity of the load-shedding stages it implements, is to buy... 


Extraordinary Change
Extraordinary Change
22nd March 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Some major changes are under way on both the supply and the demand sides of the global oil market. On the demand side, petrochemicals and jet fuel have emerged as key drivers of oil growth, as... 


Premature Deindustrialisation?
Premature Deindustrialisation?
15th March 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Despite the ongoing transition to one where industrial activity is increasingly supported by digitalisation, automation and artificial intelligence, primary steel production remains something of... 


Pushing back
Pushing back
8th March 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Government has finally started to push back against those who blame renewable energy and independent power producers (IPPs) for the current woes at Eskom. Energy Minister Jeff Radebe moved recently... 


Potential gridlock
Potential gridlock
1st March 2019 By: Terence Creamer

Besides confirming additional financial support for Eskom in his Budget address last week, Finance Minister Tito Mboweni and the National Treasury also used the occasion to add flesh to the bones... 


Time to reach out
Time to reach out
22nd February 2019 By: Terence Creamer

It has been death by a thousand cuts. Failed by a series of short-sighted politicians, misguided policymakers and inept executives, Eskom is now truly broke and broken. The utility’s costs have... 


Listen to the customer?
Listen to the customer?
15th February 2019 By: Terence Creamer

One of the most hotly contested technical points debated during the National Energy Regulator of South Africa’s (Nersa’s) nationwide hearings into Eskom’s application for allowable revenue of... 


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