It was almost inevitable the rand would slide further after President Jacob Zuma tried to calm fears about the economy on Thursday.
Number One started his speech by pretending that all was well, with the soothing words: “How is the economy? Hehehe!”
But financial speculators were not fooled. Siyahleba thinks Msholozi should have known that the financial markets needed a better speech than the lousy show he put out. Not long after the speech, the joke was on Number One.
Flying with the masses
Perennial presidential hopeful Tokyo Sexwale cannot be accused of not understanding that the economy has fallen on hard times.
While his departmental officials were enjoying themselves in business class on a plane to Cape Town at the expense of the taxpayer, M’Japan was seen flying coach with the masses.
Maybe Tokyo does not really like business class as he has the luxury of flying in his own private jet when he wants.
Msholozi, who is said to be acquiring a new jet soon, could learn a thing or two about the economy from his human settlements minister. Or else the rand will continue sliding downwards.
The Eagle is about to land
That leftie American actor of Lethal Weapon fame, Danny Glover, was back in South Africa this week to pay a little visit to President Jacob Zuma and some unionists.
Unlike his visit in 2011, when he came to escort former Haitian president Jean-Bertrand Aristide home, the actor wasn’t pulling any significant stunts.
Or was he? Siyahleba wonders what US president Barack Obama is thinking about what his countryman could have been whispering in Zuma’s ear ahead of Obama’s own visit to SA next month.
Glover is a known critic of the Obama administration, which, he reckons, is following much the same script as the Bush administration before him.
A special show
Cosatu’s much anticipated press conference on Wednesday started 30 minutes late, and this time it was apparently not the labour federation’s fault.
At first, it was announced that the statement was still being printed, and because Zwelinzima Vavi was the last to arrive, all thought he had been demoted to work the photocopier.
It turned out the workers wanted to coordinate their presser with eNCA’s schedule because it was to be broadcast live on the channel. Move over, SABC, we have a new political showstopper in town.