MAILBOX | Outrage

MAILBOX: Outrage fuelled by Shell’s seismic survey is irrational and insubstantially emotional

Shell recently announced it has appointed Shearwater GeoServices to conduct a three-dimensional (3D) offshore seismic survey from Morgan Bay to Port St Johns, to map potential deposits of oil and gas under the seabed. The announcement, as expected, triggered intense outrage and fuelled human beings’ intense love for debate … and being offended. In Tuesday’s…

Losing | MAILBOX

MAILBOX: Losing to England gives the Boks a ‘dark horse’ edge

You don’t need to be an avid rugby fan or even remotely familiar with the sport for this headline to – at first glance – make you cringe. However, Tim Mostert, a cartoonist and CEO of Speedy Productions, perceptively points out that the Springboks’ last-minute 27-26 loss to England at Twickenham on Saturday is a…

African | MAILBOX

MAILBOX: An African ‘kicked out of Africa’: a departed Saffa’s heartbreak

The valiant vulnerability demonstrated in this anonymous South African poem will undoubtedly speak to the affliction carried by countless South Africans. So often, those South Africans who have made the decision to depart our dear country will go on to vehemently report their decision to do so was unquestionably correct. Their message – usually extended…

MAILBOX | President

MAILBOX: Dear Mr President… Another unanswered letter to President Ramaphosa

The last couple of years saw unprecedented challenges on a global scale. South Africa, in particular, has been put through the wringer, with the violent unrest in July extinguishing many citizens’ last embers of hope for our beautiful country. Following the unrest, BizNews published an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, the brutal honesty of…

MAILBOX: Transnet reports over 1,000 km of copper cable stolen in 2021
MAILBOX | Transnet

MAILBOX: Transnet reports over 1,000 km of copper cable stolen in 2021

It’s no secret that Transnet – one of South Africa’s embattled SOEs – is riddled with issues. From huge debt and declining market share to the cancer of massive cable theft, Transnet is a serious threat to the economic recovery of our country. Following Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s Budget Speech last week, BizNews founder Alec…

MAILBOX: Allowing minors to get vaccinated without parental consent is unacceptable – a father’s lament
Allowing | MAILBOX

MAILBOX: Allowing minors to get vaccinated without parental consent is unacceptable – a father’s lament

The vaccination of children against Covid-19 is an acutely sensitive subject in an already severely controversial arena. So much so that in October, the African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP) and a group of community organisations filed papers at the Pretoria High Court to stop the roll out of a single dose of the Pfizer vaccine…

Forget | MAILBOX

MAILBOX: Forget the calls for De Ruyter’s head, focus on the real issues at Eskom

Unions and business groups have recently called on Eskom CEO André de Ruyter to fall on his sword owing to the current load shedding, with 2021 having been the worst year for blackouts on record. De Ruyter has responded saying he will not resign of his own accord because there’s no use putting a new…

MAILBOX | shuts

MAILBOX: DTIC shuts down potential for shareholder activism with the Companies Amendment Bill

31 October marked the deadline for interested parties to submit comments on the Companies Amendment Bill 2021 gazetted early in October by Ebrahim Patel, who is both a senior figure in the South African Communist Party (SACP) and South Africa’s Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition (DTIC). A few days prior to this deadline, BizNews…

MAILBOX: Howick resident expresses hope as DA takes control of uMngeni Municipality
Howick | MAILBOX

MAILBOX: Howick resident expresses hope as DA takes control of uMngeni Municipality

Following the unfolding 2021 Local Election results this week has been quite a thrill. The ANC’s biggest reverse came in KZN where the formerly dominant force has retained outright control of just 24 of the 62 councils in the province. The IFP celebrated victory in 16 councils, which it will run outright, while the DA…

MAILBOX | safety

MAILBOX: Road safety in SA ranked the most dangerous in the world – worsened by lockdown

Earlier this year, Zutobi – an international driver’s education company – released the findings of a survey analysing the road safety of 56 countries. South Africa ranked 56th, making our roads the most dangerous of all countries surveyed. Of the five factors taken into account in Zutobi’s analysis, South Africa’s rating in respect of three…