By Janice Kew Bloomberg Thu., Feb. 14, 2019 South Africans are accustomed to government mismanagement and corruption. They’ve suffered for years from periodic blackouts at state-owned power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., seen money flow out of the national airline and are routinely asked to pay off cops who’ve pulled them over. The latest scandal, though, has the potential to reach wider and deeper. It’s about whether the company that manages $150 billion (U.S.) of retirement funds for more than 1.2 million government workers has invested its money properly — a question that could touch every taxpayer in Africa’s most industrialized economy. The unfolding crisis at the Public Investment Corp. shows just how deep South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will have to dig to eradicate endemic corruption and restore the reputation of the government. Even the country’s powerful unions, which in the past have steadfastly supported the … [Read more...] about A scandal that risks South Africa’s future
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By Rick Salutin Star Columnist Thu., July 26, 2018 It’s not always easy, in extreme situations, to find the right words. Rabbi Dow Marmur, who also writes in these pages, said to me after my father died, “There’s little one can do in these cases except string together some clichés.” Yet he found a way to be both honest and kind in his eulogy. That’s the job, and the mayor should’ve tried harder. It’s not enough to say we should be “reassured” because there’s “no daylight” between him and other government levels. “Keeping the city safe is a fundamental priority for all of us.” You’re not supposed to just state this, like the topic of an essay. The point is to show us why it’s reassuringly true. I understand when normal citizens reach for images they’ve heard, like Danforth Strong, but this wasn’t the Battle of Britain. It wasn’t even the … [Read more...] about What could John Tory have said about the Danforth shooting?
SYDNEY: Trevor Chappell is possibly the only Australian cricketer past or present to have found a positive in the ball-tampering scandal that has engulfed the country, relieving him of an unwanted notoriety he assumed 37 years ago.With one ball remaining in the third one-day final of the 1981 World Series Cup and New Zealand needing six runs to tie, Chappell was instructed by his brother and Australian captain Greg to bowl underarm.Trevor rolled the ball along the pitch to prevent Kiwi tail-ender Brian Mckechnie clearing the fence about 90 metres away."I thought it was a good idea to underarm bowl at the time but not these days," Trevor told Daily Telegraph. "I struggled a lot with it mentally. I was vilified for years and people will still ask about it."The incident was marked as the biggest scar on the reputation of Australian cricket and Trevor said it had taken a mental toll on him and cost him his marriage."I don't know if my brothers have done better in life than me after what … [Read more...] about ‘Underarm’ bowler Chappell expects Smith to be haunted forever
Unless something miraculous happens, the city of Cape Town, an iconic international tourism destination and South Africa's second economic hub, will run out of drinking water in a matter of weeks. The situation is dire. Cape Town's more than 4 million residents have been told to cut their daily limits from 87 litres (23 gallons) to 50 litres per person. That's the equivalent of a six-minute shower with a low-flow showerhead in a city where they already line up with containers at outdoor springs, leave toilets unflushed -- and where the province's top local politician calls unwashed hair a status symbol.Should the water stop, Cape Town -- ironically first settled permanently by the Dutch in 1652 because it was considered climatically ideal for a supply station to underpin the Southeast Asian trade of their fleet -- will become the world's first major city in which the taps literally run dry. There is no precedent to draw upon, but it is clear that this would have an enormous impact in a … [Read more...] about Drought-hit South Africa deals with politics of water