What President Zuma failed to mention

The most surprising thing about the State of the Nation address wasn’t the violent ejection of the red berets. That’s a rerun of an old movie. It was the President’s failure to mention the major State-Owned Companies at all. They have featured prominently in the news as drivers of transformation as well as sites of […]

Pravin Gordhan and tinkering with economic policy

After listening to the besieged and much-admired Finance Minister unveil the mini-budget, the question that is on my mind is: What would a radical budget look like? Interest in what Pravin Gordhan had to say was high this year for political reasons. I guess many people tuned in to the Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement because […]

Remembering Howard Preece

16.09.1939 – 07.09.2016 Oxford-educated and incredibly sharp, Howard Preece for a time dominated economics journalism in South Africa. The former editor of the Rand Daily Mail’s finance section won the economics section of the Sanlam Awards for Financial Journalism often, and the overall award four times, starting in 1975. He was editor of the finance […]