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A poppy for your thoughts?

When I was a kid, there was no Halloween. Living in the leafy suburbs of first Johannesburg, and then PE, I knew about Guy Fawkes night, but the American witch-stuff was unknown, outside of comics and…


An appalling excuse for a mini-budget

I wasn’t expecting much from Malusi Gigaba’s maiden MTBPS yesterday and I wasn’t disappointed. It was an appalling excuse for a mini-budget and a far cry from the deftly-crafted exercises of his predecessor, Pravin Gordhan. Many…



Lagos, the relentless city

‘The main problem with trying to upgrade these areas,’ says Akin Tijani, Director of the Lagos State Urban Renewal Company, identifying the obstacles facing government’s ‘adaptive reuse’ plan while walking the market of Balogun, ‘is to…


The Cloud is the enabler, not the limit

Local data centres could have a dramatic effect on skills development and unemployment. South Africa’s sluggish economic growth continues to be roundly outpaced by our population growth, as business confidence remains uncertain and job creation falters. One…




More taxes next week?

There is a great deal hanging on South Africa’s 2017 medium term budget policy statement, being delivered next week. Three factors are at play: there is political turmoil around the governing African National Congress, the country’s…