Melanie Verwoerd

ANC manifesto a patchwork of unrealistic dreams

2019-01-16 08:26

By presenting this smorgasbord of promises the ANC did little to create certainty for investors, which is desperately needed to create economic growth, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Voters are never powerless – despite our electoral system

2018-12-12 08:32

Undeniably, voters have a far bigger say in a first-past-the-post electoral system. But in a country like ours such a system would have seen the ANC getting close to all the seats in Parliament, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Degrees for MPs? What arrogant nonsense!

2018-12-05 07:56

There is absolutely no correlation between those who are good and conscientious servants of the people who elected them, and university degrees, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Fearmongering shows DA's growing desperation

2018-11-21 06:51

The DA's fearmongering is a thinly disguised attempt to distract from the party's lack of coherence and disastrous year of infighting, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The ANC's big fight: Countering EFF populism

2018-11-07 07:03

President Cyril Ramaphosa must deliver a big majority for the ANC in the next election to survive politically. The question is how he can do this while countering the populist narrative of the EFF, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why foreign investors aren't investing

2018-10-24 08:23

Before they put their clients' money back into SA, foreign investors want to be sure that political stability will be maintained, writes Melanie Verwoerd.



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Why voting for Ramaphosa is about reality – not ideology

2018-11-28 07:25

For the sake of the country, we need a president who has a strong public mandate to move forward with decisiveness and courage, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

From Trump to Mboweni, it's hands off the media!

2018-11-14 08:23

Politicians need to make peace with the fact that journalists cannot and must not report only about the good and nice side of politicians and politics, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

How SA's embassies can become investment vehicles

2018-10-31 08:33

Imagine what could be possible if more than a hundred South African embassies around the world adopted a singular focus on tourism and business promotion, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Pik Botha, Evita Bezuidenhout and a hospital visit from Madiba

2018-10-17 07:38

At a time when there is an increasing tendency to again categorise issues and people as "black or white" and "good or evil" it is good to be reminded that it is always more complicated, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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Irish lessons for Tito Mboweni on growth and jobs

2018-10-10 08:14

Given President Cyril Ramaphosa's drive for foreign direct investment and Jobs Summit, it might be worthwhile for new Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to take note of the spectacular growth in the Irish economy, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Stop stereotyping farmers

2018-09-26 08:10

Many farmers express a willingness to give away parts of their farms as well as an acceptance that tenants should have ownership of the land, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

'AfriForum is taking us to the edge of the abyss'

2018-09-12 09:44

It is not the ANC or EFF that is bringing this country to the edge of the abyss, it is organisations such as AfriForum, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Surviving the pre-election chaos

2018-08-29 08:17

It is important that the election is held as soon as possible. The time before an election is a very challenging time, particularly for a country like ours, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The king and Kallie Kriel: Strange (and dangerous) bed fellows

2018-08-08 08:49

There is an emoticon depicting a person with a hand over his/her face as a sign of exasperation. Last week it illustrated perfectly how I felt when I read that AfriForum is now in cahoots with King Goodwill Zwelithini, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why the crooks will fail to get rid of Ramaphosa

2018-07-25 08:18

Politicians have a responsibility to help nations create and define their collective identity. Why is this important? Because collective identity holds enormous power, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Why the DA should admit defeat and move on

2018-07-04 09:07

One really has to wonder when the DA will realise that it is time to admit defeat in the Patricia de Lille matter and move on, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Social media is making us mean and intolerant. Why I've never been on it

2018-06-20 09:11

Even the most hardened journalist or commentator will struggle with a level of self-censorship when they write after reading hateful comments about them, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

America's 'Khwezi moment'

2018-10-03 08:15

Remember those brave women who stood up with posters of Jacob Zuma's rape accuser, Khwezi? Last week America had their "Khwezi moment", writes Melanie Verwoerd.

It is possible to be part of a plastic free world

2018-09-19 08:16

It is true that every one of us can make a huge difference and supermarkets will change if enough of us protest and complain about the unnecessary use of plastic, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

How imminent is an amendment to the Bill of Rights?

2018-09-05 07:58

Although an amendment to the Constitution, and particularly the Bill of Rights, should not be taken lightly, a carefully considered clarification of Section 25 would give more certainty to this issue, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Gugulethu's story and how it gives hope for Africa's wildlife

2018-08-22 08:35

For three days Gugulethu took us around the game reserve and out on the Zambezi river. His passion for the animals was infectious as was his wide smile and deep laugh, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

Is it time to panic about land expropriation?

2018-08-01 10:45

With its inability to control the public narrative on land, the populist pressure (in an election year) became too much for the ANC and thus we saw the announcement last night, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The 'big 4' issues that scare investors

2018-07-11 08:51

Despite steady progress by Cyril Ramaphosa, the disappointment is palpable among investors that more has not been done, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

The dangers of 'us vs them' creeping into political rhetoric

2018-06-27 08:38

We are fast moving into a phase where "otherness" is again becoming part of our political narrative. We must guard against this, writes Melanie Verwoerd.

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