Doug Vining ANC riposte to SACP paper deepens chill

A SERIES of high-level bilateral meetings under way between the African National Congress (ANC) and its South African Communist Party (SACP) ally is unlikely to calm alliance tensions after a row erupted between them yesterday over an SACP proposal to contest future elections on its own. - Business Day 21 June 2006
http://www.businessday.co.za/Articles/TarkArticle.aspx?ID=2110414
Posted: 22 June 2006 at 07:54

Bernhardt Meyer Save face

As a South African I absolutely agree with the view that this country is incapable of hosting the next FIFA world cup competition.In order to create the necessary infrastructure a country needs excellent expertise--which has left the country long ago.Experts who are still in the country are not accepted.
The racial polarization is worsening by the day--mainly due to the enormous criminality which is not addressed by the government.
A split in the ANC is inevitable:on the one side we will have the Zuma, Cosatu and SACP factions with little regard for and understanding of running a country in this modern world and on the other side the moderate, thinking group following Mbeki and other intellectuals who have an understanding of te way the world funtions.In this split the non-blacks will support the enlightened Mbeki faction.Regardless of who wins, the country will be in a turmoil and luxuries like world cup competitions will be out of the question.
Posted: 22 June 2006 at 11:55

Shorty Short Opportunity for new political grouping to rise

What a golden opportunity for a valid political grouping to come to the fore. One that can take our strong economic growth and progress to date as a Nation, but combine that with systems that also uplift the poverty-stricken sections of the population.

We have to hold out hope we don't end up in a situation where there is no valid 'opposition' that could step in and run the Country better - too many such examples in Africa.

If we are to continue the miracle transformation into sustained progress for the long term, we need to combine what is strong from a growing economy with the need to cater for the poor in particular. Take the best from both capitalist and socialist systems and move forward from there?
Posted: 22 June 2006 at 11:56

Neil Jacobsohn RE: Opportunity for new political grouping...

Interesting - and who do you think should be involved in that political grouping? In particular, how does business reclaim its "legitimacy"?
Posted: 22 June 2006 at 16:54

Shorty Short RE: RE: Opportunity for new political grou...

Mmm .. I'm coming from the truism that "The rich millions will never live in peace if they can't deal with the poor billions" and this leads me to believe there simply has to be a way to mobilise capital with labour to create upliftment. There are many basic projects that could be undertaken like some of the 'Marshall Plan' revitalisation in Europe and didn't 'we' plant forests in the Eastern Transvaal after WWII in an effort to get people on their feet again?

Perhaps Business can lead by bringing the factions together into another World Trade Centre type talks - it worked then so why could it not work now - don't have much time, do we?
Posted: 22 June 2006 at 20:11

John Menasce 2010 World Cup in South Africa

Already there are letters to newspaper editors from prominent black South Africans questioning the rationale of the world cup in South Africa. The electricity issue is one stumbling block but there are larger political issues with the spilt in ANC leadership and the lack of critical decision making by the country's political leaders on issues of crime and state corporate governance.
If South Africa loses the world cup it will be an international tragedy that will affect not only the region but will enhance negative world perceptions about the financial and political instability of Africa as a continent.
Loss of the 2010 world cup must not be allowed to happen.
Posted: 21 February 2008 at 09:01
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