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UNDERWHELMED: While voters will receive three quite different looking ballots on May 29, this seeming increase in choice is not necessarily translating into greater excitement. Yes, some independents will feature for the first time and, yes, there are some interesting new parties. But with some form of coalition likely, voter enthusiasm has been dampened by the poor performance of such arrangements at the municipal level. Before treating the day as a day off, however, South Africans would do well to remember the sacrifices made to ensure that all adult citizens have the right to vote.
UNDERWHELMED
12th April 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
SHOCKING: As expected, stakeholder responses to the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy’s gas-heavy Integrated Resource Plan 2023 has been far from complementary. While still a draft, some commentators believe it should simply be recalled, given its outlandish assumptions, lack of transparency and utter failure to craft a credible response to ongoing loadshedding.
SHOCKING
5th April 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
WATER WORRIES: Gauteng’s three metropolitan councils are now failing regularly to ensure that their residents and businesses have a constant supply of water. The massive outages in March brought to the fore not only the poor state of the province’s water infrastructure, which is prone to leaks, but also worrying capacity problems at Rand Water, both physical and human – epitomised for many by that notorious “closed valve” that prevented vital water flows for days on end.
WATER WORRIES
29th March 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
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EXTREME PRESSURE
22nd March 2024 By: Darlene Creamer


GAS CLIFF: Warnings of a gas day zero in 2026 are alarming, but not new. There has, however, been very little progress on possible remedies. Disputes over gas pricing have arguably made cooperation difficult, but that is what is desperately needed. All eyes are now on the government-led task team set up to develop a joint strategy and whether that strategy will be sufficient to ensure a so-called seamless transition to non-Sasol gas.
GAS CLIFF
15th March 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
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LOADSHEDDING GRIEF
8th March 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
OWN GOALS: The 2024 Budget has, once again, highlighted what happens when government scores one own goal after another. True, there have been some disruptive external shocks, most recently the Covid lockdowns and the energy shock associated with Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. However, far too many of the current fiscal problems stem from doing the wrong thing consistently over a long period of time. Turning the crisis around requires more than the penalty-saving heroics of our Bafana Bafana keeper.
OWN GOALS
1st March 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
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HANGING ON
23rd February 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
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BUDGETARY MAZE
16th February 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
ADDING CAPACITY
ADDING CAPACITY
9th February 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
ADMINISTRATIVE KNOT: The continued growth and development of South Africa’s mining industry is stated policy. Sustaining the sector’s jobs, tax and export contribution requires ongoing exploration and development. This, to replenish resources and reserves ahead of the rate of depletion and to create new sources of production. Doing so, particularly in a highly regulated setting, requires clear and efficient administration of exploration and mining rights. Currently, the system is so broken there is a real risk of the industry’s lifeblood being cut off.
ADMINISTRATIVE KNOT
2nd February 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
THE WORLD VOTES
THE WORLD VOTES
26th January 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
LONG SHADOW
LONG SHADOW
19th January 2024 By: Darlene Creamer
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NOWHERE TO HIDE
15th December 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
The most recent bout of Stage 6 loadshedding by Eskom was not only a reminder that South Africa is far away from truly tackling the scourge, with the current focus on fixing Eskom in preference to adding new capacity proving itself, yet again, to be a high-risk strategy. It was also a tipping point for the country’s mood, which lifted slightly during the relative electricity stability that accompanied the Springboks’ World Cup triumph – an unhappy mood shift from pure joy to deep-seated anger.
GRIEF & ANGER
8th December 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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COSTLY CONGESTION
1st December 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
UNJUST EXECUTIONER: While politicians often have an uncomfortable relationship with the truth, there was once a time when their commentary at least arose from a common set of facts. No longer. ANC secretary-general Fikile Mbalula is but one of a growing list of politicians using some of the “alternative facts” that have come to envelop the country’s Just Energy Transition Partnership. This executioner of the truth stated falsely recently that the funding had “decapacitated us to the point where we are loadshedding today”. The accusation is not only wrong but dangerous.
UNJUST EXECUTIONER
24th November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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FESTIVE CARTON
17th November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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FIGHTING FIRES
10th November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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FOUR THE PEOPLE
3rd November 2023 By: Darlene Creamer
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