MAILBOX | PRASA

MAILBOX: PRASA paralised, Transnet in a trance, provides some hope

In a recent interview (listen here or watch below), the former editor of the Financial Mail, David Williams, took BizNews founder Alec Hogg through the dire state of the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA). Myriad issues plague the state-owned entity, ranging from corruption and mismanagement to poor organisation. As Williams described it, “This…

emissions | MAILBOX

MAILBOX: Emissions, diesel and electric vehicles in SA – it’s not as simple as you think

BizNews recently republished an article by MyBroadband, which compared the emissions associated with charging an electric vehicle to those of a diesel-powered car. South Africa, with its coal-powered stations, is the 12th-biggest polluter of greenhouse gases in the world. As a result, the conclusion was that running an electric vehicle isn’t any cleaner than driving a diesel…

MAILBOX: Nature-loving geologist shares his successful seismic survey in midst of Shell outrage
MAILBOX | Nature-loving

MAILBOX: Nature-loving geologist shares his successful seismic survey in midst of Shell outrage

When Anglo-Dutch oil and gas company Shell recently announced it would start a seismic survey off South Africa’s Wild Coast, myriad environmentalists and protesters took to social media to express their disdain for the project. Many swore off the company, vowing never to support or purchase any products from Shell. In yesterday’s MAILBOX (read here),…

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…