No amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become.
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The post Covid-19 world order must appreciate that the new reality is that "when any country sneezes, the whole world can catch a cold," writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
What the constitutional and legal provisions sought to prevent - rampant collusion, excessive pricing, corruption and general rogue market conduct among private sector players - could prove costly to the public, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
South Africans fret about the capacity of the under-funded healthcare system to withstand extreme pressure. Which is why another important capability of the state that stands to be tested is in-built capacity for anticipation and foresight, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The old Marx-inspired idea that the only thing workers have is their labour is not applicable in the modern era where workers have the real prospects of making a positive difference by contributing ideas, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
In the final analysis, no solution will work if it's not based on making Eskom, SAA and other state-owned companies efficient profit-making entities, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
A culture should be developed where it is frowned upon for a minister or proxy of a minister to call a director general or a CEO of a state entity enquiring about employment or procurement opportunities for comrades, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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Where the state is directly complicit in unwarranted loss of life, it can only be just for it to incur all the funeral costs and compensate families for emotional trauma, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Self-serving politicians are there for the perks. They have no regard for what matters to ordinary people: jobs, safety, health and dignity and so on, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
For an expropriation without compensation mechanism to pass constitutional muster, it must have in-built rationality processes, tests and appeals, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Over time, members of society will move on with their lives until the next season comes to claim its victims, triggering the same old reactions. It has become the seasonalisation of killing, outrage and do-nothing with an annual repeat button permanently switched on, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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As it stands, it looks like eNCA effectively banned its journalists from covering the conference, thus ironically putting itself in the position of the wrongdoer, the EFF, whose actions were the cause for concern. eNCA newsroom managers might have violated media freedom from within, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has made statements about the need for the US to lift targeted sanctions. Beyond this call, he has not done anything tangible to show that Zimbabwe is his top foreign policy priority, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The corruption of transformation is one of the reasons public entities have become no-go zones for some talented black people who care about their reputation. They regard the entities as slaughter houses, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The fact that the detractors are coming out for all to see them is not a bad thing. It allows us to challenge them about their myopic attempt to elevate narrow racial considerations over national pride, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The fallout in the DA is a result of the failure by the dominant faction to appreciate concerns of all South Africans and to redirect the fears of whites toward solutions for the country's problems, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The battle for the soul of the DA is primarily about the failure to manage diversity. The supposed liberals argue that race is irrelevant. But how they hope to obliterate race boggles the mind, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
It matters not that at some frozen moments in the past, a person did good or bad. What matters is the evolution of their work over time to the present, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Poor governance, corruption and a general lack of candour among those in the highest echelons of society are among the factors that have created a propitious environment for the erosion of trust, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The presence of Cyril Ramaphosa's leadership should be felt even in his absence. It's time he began to take decisive decisions on his advisors and political appointees, who, in turn, must deal with the relevant technocrats, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Malema and the EFF must evolve in part by listening to critics and not rubbishing them or calling them names. The party must begin to reflect the aspirations of all South Africans, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The crises many SOEs face today prove that government guarantees and hard cash injections have become a perverse incentive for executives to run the companies like government departments, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Tito Mboweni's updated economic policy document says all the right things that he would like to see done. But there are still no ideas on how to get implementation going, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
Zuma proved with remarkable consistency his unflinching desire to cross the "firm line" between freedom fighter and politician. He also showed an ability to stubbornly remain on the other side of the "firm line" with no prospect of crossing back, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
If reports of the outcomes of the recent ANC NEC meeting are anything to go by, there seems to be indications that the dying ideological divide might have visited some decision makers in the party, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
The debate about whether South Africans are xenophobic or not is unhelpful, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
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