ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, whose title should really be chief praise singer to the chief, for blocking opposition attempts to call President Jacob Zuma to account before Parliament for his role in the Nkandla scandal.
South Gauteng public prosecutions director Andrew Chauke, who has been rapped over the knuckles by a senior magistrate for failing to ensure the prosecutors under his authority obey the law in maintenance cases.
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, for initiating the recycling programme that has so far collected and processed more than 28,000 tonnes of old tyres in terms of SA’s first industry waste management plan.
Abil curator Tom Winterboer, who has taken the “good” part of the bank by the scruff of the neck. His plan to diversify into insurance as a means of ensuring sustainability is a good one that could just work.
Eskom group executive Steve Lennon. As much as SA could do without load-shedding, it would be shortsighted to neglect power station maintenance any further for the sake of keeping the lights on now.
Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Relocating rhinos from Kruger Park to areas with lower poaching risk, and pursuing poachers across national borders, are radical steps, but ones that are clearly necessary.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. The fact that Hyundai and other car manufacturers are considering opening plants in SA’s IDZs despite our labour and cost issues reflects well on his industrial policy reforms.
Competition Tribunal chairman Norman Manoim, who, along with four other tribunal members, has been reappointed for another five-year term. Appropriate recognition for a tough job well done.
It may not be illegal for the ANC to expect its “deployees” to donate to party coffers, but it is clearly the thin end of a potentially corrupt wedge and secretary-general Gwede Mantashe should know better than to endorse it.
Outgoing Abil CEO Leon Kirkinis, who has been forced to resign after failing to stem the furniture sales and credit provision group’ s losses. The National Credit Regulator’s reckless lending probe does not augur well.
Coronation chief investment officer Karl Leinberger. As Abil’s biggest shareholder with a 22% stake, the asset manager is correct to crack the whip. But it’s too little too late; where was he when the bad calls were made?
Nedbank CEO Mike Brown. The bank is right to take a conservative approach to bad debt provision in the light of the current parlous state of SA's labour relations and economy. We hope his peers are doing the same.
Trade and Industry deputy director-general Zodwa Ntuli. The department is drafting amendments to the Copyright Act to ensure local artists receive their dues, in line with the Copyright Review Commission’s recommendations.
Springbok Women captain Mandisa Williams, who has been banned from playing for 16 weeks after being found guilty of eye-gouging during the team’s loss to Australia in their opening World Cup match in France.
KwaZulu-Natal co-operative governance MEC Nomusa Dube-Ncube, whose “carrot and stick” approach to errant municipalities is paying dividends when it comes to financial management, especially in rural areas.
Former Numsa president Cedric Gina. There’s no reason why he should not help form a union to rival Numsa, which is clearly not going to be part of the tripartite alliance for much longer. So why be so coy?
Swimmer Chad le Clos. After his seven-medal haul at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a double gold in butterfly at the Rio Olympics in 2016 would seem an entirely reasonable goal. Let the records tumble.
ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman. It should not be necessary for the DA to go to court to force the ANC to give up power in Oudtshoorn after it lost its council majority. SA is a democracy, remember?
Former Gauteng health MEC and current ANC provincial whip Brian Hlongwa has not yet been charged with any crime, but even so he has a lot to answer for, not least regarding the state of health services in the province.
President Jacob Zuma, who has still not submitted his written response to the public protector’s report on the Nkandla scandal, two weeks after he said he would. The amazing part is that there are no repercussions.
Amplats CEO Chris Griffith. Dealt a poor hand by the extended platinum strike, his focus on improving productivity is in the best interests of shareholders and — even if they don’t realise it — union members too.
Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, who is playing with fire by forging ahead with land reform without knowing where the money will come from. Uncertainty is not just a problem for farmers; it could backfire politically too.
Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. If “media houses” have launched “cyber attacks” that have crippled Sanral’s billing system, they should be brought to book. So why the vague generalisations without a shred of proof?
Treasure the Karoo Action Group CEO Jonathan Deal. Concern for the environment is all very well, but government has gone by the book with regard to issuing licences to explore for shale gas in SA. It is time to back off.
New Police Minister Nkosinathi Nhleko, whose promise to demilitarise the police is most welcome. Now to convince his charges they can be tough on crime within the law and without the use of excessive force.
SizweNtsalubaGobodo chairwoman Nonkululeko Gobodo, who has helped build the black-owned auditing firm into SA’s fifth largest, with operations in 14 African countries. Black economic empowerment at its finest.
Impala Platinum CEO Terence Goodlace. The mining company is struggling to get back on its feet after the longest strike in SA’s history; now the collapse in its largest mine in Zimbabwe will halve production.
Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele. The unbundling of Telkom’s local loop, if it comes to pass as the new minister is now advocating, would come not a moment too soon.
SABC chief operations officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng. Does he have extremely low self-esteem, or did he think he would make his claim to a matric certificate more believable by making the false marks very low?
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, who, finding herself in a hole after appointing Hlaudi Motsoeneng chief operating officer of the SABC against all sense of logic, has chosen to keep digging.
Gauteng human settlements MEC Jacob Mamabolo. It may seem obvious that companies carrying out evictions should comply with the law and the right to dignity, but he is right to spell it out again.
Woolworths CEO Ian Moir, whose adroit handling of Australian billionaire Solomon Lew has made the company’s R23.3bn takeover bid for the David Jones retail operation a virtual certainty. Now to make it work.
KwaZulu-Natal environmental affairs MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, who has inexplicably given the go-ahead for sand to be mined at the Mpenjati River mouth, the only protected estuary on the south coast.
Public service and administration portfolio committee chairwoman Peace Mabe. If the Public Service Commission has sufficient enforcement powers, why are its recommendations routinely ignored?
SA Human Rights Commission chairman Lawrence Mushwana. Expelling pupils who use racial slurs is not the way to address the problem. They should be reformed, not sent out into the world.
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele, whose accomplishments as a politician are nowhere near as impressive as she seems to think. What a disappointment, but best she goes sooner than later.
Former police minister, now Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa, who must carry the can for the R150m in irregular and wasteful expenditure found to have occurred on his watch.
Deputy Minister in the Presidency Buti Manamela. Communist, Zuma man through and through, but ultimately a pragmatist. We’re never going to agree on everything in SA, but let’s do what works.
ANC MP Bongani Bongo, who led a sustained attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, part of what appears to be a strategy to blunt her ability to conduct investigations that might embarrass the government.
Former Vodacom CEO Alan Knott-Craig. The judge in the Vodacom “Please Call Me” case, which the mobile operator won, described Knott-Craig’s version of events as “implausible”, which is a polite way of putting it.
Australian tennis player Nick Kyrgios. Against the odds, and even his own mother’s expectations, he knocked world No1 Rafael Nadal out of Wimbledon. Let’s see if he can go all the way.
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele. The disarray in her party must be a relief to people who voted for the Congress of the People in 2009 and didn't make the same mistake again this year with Agang.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura. He may be on a collision course with national government, but he has won over many Gauteng residents with his readiness to at least listen to their concerns about e-tolls.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Research is one thing, but toying with and manipulating users’ emotions to see how they react is another thing altogether. It may be legal under Facebook’s rules, but it’s not ethical.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, for showing political maturity in giving up some of the front-bench seats to which his party is entitled, to facilitate multiparty participation in parliamentary debates.
Former News of the World editor and communications chief to UK PM David Cameron Andy Coulson, who faces a jail term after being found guilty of conspiring to hack the phones of celebrities.
Uruguayan striker Luis Suárez, for sinking his gnashers into Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini. Don't they feed these soccer players? It was hard to work out which of the two was most fed up after the incident.
Buffalo City mayor Zukiswa Ncitha who, along with other ANC bigwigs, has been arrested on fraud charges relating to R6m in public funds supposed to be used to pay for a memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
Former Financial Services Board chief financial officer Dawood Seedat, who resigned two weeks ago following allegations that he demanded millions of rand in bribes to make a probe into a company go away.
Veteran antiapartheid activist and former Constitutional Court judge Albie Sachs, who has been awarded the R20m Tang Prize for his contribution to SA’s transition to the rule of law after apartheid.
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, whose labelling of DA parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane as a “hired native” during the state of the nation debate took the institution to a new low.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa, who seems to have an interesting understanding of the term “in-principle agreement”. This is not the time to start introducing new demands and conditions.
Western Cape police commissioner Arno Lamoer, for saying the inquiry into police inefficiency is too taxing on his officers. Had he done his job, there may not have been a need for one.
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko, whose multiyear turnaround strategy for the utility appears to be paying dividends — literally as well as figuratively. There are many challenges ahead, but he has steadied the ship.
South African millionaire Frederick Lutzkie, who has been sentenced to seven years behind bars in Zimbabwe for attempting to conceal the fact that he had crash-landed his helicopter. Harsh, even by Zimbabwean standards.
Rugby player Frans Steyn, for quitting the Springbok squad on the eve of the first Wales Test, apparently due to a dispute over his image rights. Right or wrong, playing for your country should take precedence.
SA Taxi CEO Terry Kier. If we want to turn the unemployment crisis around we need to fund the development of small businesses, and what better example of small business than SA’s taxi industry?
NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana. As if he is not having a rough enough time after failing to get a security clearance, a court has ordered him to appear to explain why the authority is failing to fulfil its basic function.
Springbok hooker Chiliboy Ralepelle, who has tested positive for an anabolic steroid and faces a two-year ban if it is confirmed. It's not the first time either, which makes it likely that this will be the end of his career.
Parliamentary CEO Mike Coetzee. An audit by the auditor-general has found that human resources head Ntombekhaya Manyela was appointed a year ago despite not having the required minimum qualifications.
ANC heavyweight Tony Yengeni, for bidding to have drunken driving charges dropped for a second time, despite evidence that his blood alcohol level was five times the legal limit.
Former deputy police commissioner Hamilton Hlela, who has finally appeared in the Pretoria Specialised Commercial Crime Court on four counts of corruption. Who will police the policemen?
New Proteas Test skipper Hashim Amla, one of the coolest and most emotionally intelligent heads in world cricket, with a great batting average to boot. He was chosen for all the right reasons.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Last week he dismissed concerns that the new immigration regulations might have unintended consequences; now it emerges that they are already hobbling the film industry.
Safa president Danny Jordaan, for making Bafana coach Gordon Igesund the latest scapegoat for South African football’s chronic administrative shortcomings. Who will be the next sucker to be set up to fail?
Fifa president Sepp Blatter, whose denials that there was any skulduggery in the vote for the 2022 Soccer World Cup host have been blown out of the water by leaks proving the opposite.
SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni. She denies causing the airline unnecessary costs, but whatever the truth is, it is clear that she is far too involved in operational matters to the detriment of an already struggling organisation.
North West ANC chairman Supra Mahumapelo, for putting Ontlametse Mochware’s name forward as an MEC even though she did not qualify. How humiliating: hired and fired on the same day.
Payments Association of SA CEO Walter Volker. The organisation has tightened the debit order rules followed by the banks to counter a rise in complaints about unauthorised deductions from customer accounts.
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. The government should be more proactive in helping bring the protracted platinum strike to an end, but it is essential that it facilitates negotiations rather than prescribes.
North West public accounts committee chairman Hlomani Chauke, for persuading Bakubung factions to bury the hatchet so progress can be made in using platinum mining revenues to improve people’s lives.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, who has proved himself a competent technocrat and is therefore up for the job. But it remains to be seen whether he has the political clout to stand up to his free-spending Cabinet colleagues.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, for explaining why President Jacob Zuma is a “fit and proper” person to lead SA in terms of the constitution, despite his numerous failings. In a democracy, you get what you vote for.
Zimbabwean Lands and Rural Resettlement Minister Douglas Mombeshora. Condemning land grabs is all very well now that they no longer suit the ruling party’s political agenda, but the damage has been done
EFF leader Julius Malema, for reminding us all that Parliament is supposed to be there to hold the executive to account, not as a glorified fashion show. There should be more MPs dressed in overalls and domestic outfits.
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub. After a period of consolidation, SA’s biggest cellular network has burst out of its shell and not only acquired fixed-line operator Neotel but plans an aggressive expansion in Africa.
French President François Hollande, facilitator of the recent security summit that has resulted in Nigeria and its immediate neighbours agreeing to co-operate in bringing Islamic terror group Boko Haram to justice.
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele, who is “taking a break” from politics after her party took a pasting in the election. What a way to repay the diehards who voted for her. We suggest a good long break.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Of almost 900 police officers charged with fraud and corruption in the past financial year, only 22 were suspended. Is there no political will to end this scourge?
Former ANC MP and parliamentary ethics committee chairman Ben Turok. It’s great that he’s speaking out about the governing party’s abuse of power, but why now, when he no longer has influence?
Cell C CEO Jose dos Santos, for stirring the cellular pot by taking the lead in the latest round of tariff cuts. It is a risky strategy, but if it succeeds consumers will be forever grateful.
Amcu head Joseph Mathunjwa, who is clearly losing control of the prolonged strike in the platinum belt. It is his responsibility to remind union members that violence is unacceptable in a democracy.
Gordon Institute of Business Science head Nick Binedell. The institute is the top-ranked African business school in the annual Financial Times Executive Education survey.
Outgoing DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, who is taking a year’s sabbatical to study at Harvard. Given the standard of debate in Parliament, who can blame her for opting for a bit of intellectual stimulation?
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, for attending the World Economic Forum Africa meeting in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, despite security concerns that prompted Kofi Annan to pull out. Africa is not for sissies.
Retiring Constitutional Court judge Thembile Skweyiya, who was among the first generation of judges and senior legal minds appointed to the highest court in the land after the advent of democracy in 1994.
President Jacob Zuma, for using his wife’s rape and other crimes that have occurred at Nkandla to try to obfuscate. Of course the president’s home must be secured, but that does not require a “fire pool”.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who is coming under tremendous political pressure to do something to end Islamic terror group Boko Haram’s despicable activities but has so far failed to deliver.
Mint Electronics head Oupa Magashula. China may have the lead when it comes to making things cheaply, but if he feels he has a competitive advantage knowing what South Africans want, good luck to him.
Co-operative Governance Minister Lechesa Tsenoli, who has finally promulgated regulations capping the salaries of municipal officials and ensuring they meet minimum competency levels. Better late than never.
ANC MP Buti Manamela. At least there’s no pretence any more — he and his colleagues on Parliament’s Nkandla committee are there to do the governing party’s bidding, not to hold the executive to account.
Deputy Trade and Industry Minister Elizabeth Thabethe, who is so clearly in denial over the effect labour strife and policy confusion are having on investor perceptions of SA that she may as well live in Egypt.
Former Western Cape public works and transport MEC Marius Fransman, who refuses to account for serious spending irregularities in the provincial government that took place when the ANC was in power.
SABC acting COO Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for censoring the EFF’s election advert. Far from protecting the ANC, all he is doing is drawing the public’s attention to anti-ANC messages they might otherwise have missed.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, whose department has been forced to concede that 39 schools in Limpopo have still not received the textbooks they need, despite endless litigation and repeated denials.
Newly elected Government Employees Pension Fund chairwoman Renosi Mokate, for being brave enough to take on the job of leading the troubled organisation, which seems to limp from one crisis to the next.
Parliamentary secretary Michael Coetzee. The “I was just following orders” excuse is just not good enough. State officials have a duty to follow proper procurement procedures or accept being held to account.
Deputy Economic Development Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize. If you have to scrape the barrel to find reasons to justify your existence, it’s a pretty good sign that the portfolio is redundant and should be scrapped.
ANC Youth League spokesman Bandile Masuku, for reprimanding national convener Mzwandile Masina for calling former deputy health minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge a “hoe”. Can we assume he doesn’t dig her?
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. If he cuts off SA’s nose to spite its face by not allowing private hospitals to train doctors, who is going to sew it on again? We need more doctors, and the state is not delivering.
Massmart CEO Grant Pattison. The timing may not be perfect from shareholders’ perspective, but he is probably moving on at the right time — after achieving most of his goals and before his leadership had become stale.
Oscar Pistorius prosecutor Gerrie Nel, whose comparison of the victim’s head to an exploded watermelon was in bad taste and could backfire if the accused’s anguish invites sympathy.
KwaZulu-Natal agriculture MEC Meshack Radebe, who said those who receive social welfare grants but vote for opposition political parties are stealing from the government. Hang your head in shame, sir.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, whose inability to refrain from interfering with the Eskom board caused the controversy over acting CEO Collin Matjila’s appointment. Just what SA does not need.
PPC CEO Ketso Gordhan, for taking proactive steps to unify the construction sector, produce practical proposals, and get the government to pull in the same direction. It takes two to tango, and someone has to take the lead.
PIC CEO Elias Masilela, whose proposal that SA and Russia form a platinum cartel is not only a non-starter but is unoriginal. Why on earth is an investment manager dabbling in such nonsense?
The Third Umpire, who gave Evraz Highveld Steel CEO Michael Garcia out on March 14 for apparently saying the company’s “days are numbered”. We accept he said no such thing and apologise.
As an incorrigible interventionist, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies just couldn’t resist tinkering with the industrial competitiveness incentives. Make up your mind, sir. Do we want investment or not?
Former Technology Innovation Agency chairwoman Mamphela Ramphele dismissed the adverse findings of a forensic audit while in the job, and is apparently still in denial. Time to eat humble pie.
Election Commission chairwoman Pansy Tlakula. The institution is bigger than any individual so the election is not in jeopardy, but if she wants to rescue her credibility she must step down.
Former Nigerian president Olusegun Obasanjo, who should know better than to suggest all African Union member countries should impose tourism taxes. Read our lips: taxes to discourage, incentives to promote.
There’s no evidence that I stole public funds, so you can’t make me pay them back. If that is the best President Jacob Zuma can come up with in response to the public protector’s Nkandla report, it is time to despair.
Basic Education director-general Bobby Soobrayan was cleared of wrongdoing in last year’s Limpopo textbook delivery debacle, but his neck is back on the block now that the same problem has flared up again.
The ANC Youth League, which has somehow managed to settle its outstanding debts at the 11th hour to avoid being put into liquidation on the eve of an election. They’ll need a loan to campaign, though. Any offers?
Tharisa chairman Loucas Pouroulis is a very brave man to be investing heavily in a new platinum mining venture when so many existing mines are on the verge of financial collapse. High risk, high reward?
Pinnacle Holdings CEO Arnold Fourie. Even if he sold his shares before the bribery scandal broke and a company director was arrested, it would be stretching credulity to believe he had no idea of what was to come.
SAB executive chairman Norman Adami insisted from the start that the Competition Commission was over-reaching when it concluded the group’s distribution system was anticompetitive. Now he has been vindicated.
It’s great that former president Thabo Mbeki is opposed to the abuse of state resources for personal enrichment, but if he’s talking about Jacob Zuma and Nkandla, then the time has come to say so, directly.
The trouble with annexing neighbouring territories is it’s such fun it’s hard to stop. Now that Crimea has been “liberated” from Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin is apparently coveting bits of Moldova.
President Jacob Zuma who was found by the public protector to have violated the executive ethics code and told to pay some of the R246m spent on his Nkandla home back to the state.
China South Rail Corporation president Liu Hualong, whose company has won the lion’s share of Transnet’s R50bn train tender. The company will provide Transnet with 359 electric locomotives.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who called ANC stalwarts Trevor Manuel, Jay Naidoo and Ronnie Kasrils free agents who “did not do much during their time in government”.
Australian Grand Prix chairman Ron Walker complained that the lack of noise from the Formula One race cars’ new 1.6-litre V6 engines was not what he paid for or what the fans expected.
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu. Despite her insistence to the contrary, the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Amendment Bill is a deterrent to foreign investors.
Evraz Highveld Steel CEO Michael Garcia, who says the company’s days are numbered as it is battered by high energy costs, labour instability and a weak market for its products.
The JSE’s CEO, Nicky Newton-King. The bourse reported a healthy 36% rise in headline earnings. But given its virtual monopoly on the capital markets, anything less would have been questionable.
CCMA director Nerine Kahn, who demanded the Chamber of Mines distance itself from comments made by its negotiator about the CCMA’s lack of skills. Rather deal with the complaint.
New high commissioner to the UK Obed Mlaba, for his pro-business comments and belief that trading with the UK is better than with China, which just takes stuff from out the ground.
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane. Maintaining fraternal ties with African nations is all very well, but they cannot be allowed to flout the law in SA without consequence.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema, who would have us believe his party can’t afford to pay a deposit to participate in the election but manages to pay senior advocates to take the matter to court.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. Many of the defence force’s bases are in such a bad shape they will need to be demolished after public works failed to undertake the necessary repairs.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, whose bid to expel Numsa before the federation is forced to hold a special national congress is clearly aimed at saving his own skin. So democracy isn’t all it’s cracked up to be?
Sita CEO Sithembiso Nomvalo, who has failed to issue a tender for nearly two years for the provision of broadband infrastructure in the Western Cape. The delay smacks of politicking.
Ecobank CEO Thierry Tanoh, who has been accused by the bank’s biggest shareholder, the PIC, of being ‘technically and morally unfit to run’ the bank. His days are surely numbered.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande. His comments about the SABC being in a mess are accurate. But what he doesn’t admit is that the mess was created by the ruling alliance, of which he is a part.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. It wasn’t a budget speech of surprises and fireworks. It was rather pragmatic about the problems the country faces, exactly what is needed right now.
Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, who told service delivery protesters that the municipality doesn’t have a pool of money to repair the infrastructure they damage during protests.
Australian cricketer David Warner who alleged that the Proteas had tampered with the ball and that is why they did better than Australia in the second Test. That sounds a bit like sour grapes.
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, for signing into law an antigay bill which will have police in that country snoop into people’s private lives and is heightening the potential for homophobic attacks.
CIPC commissioner Astrid Ludin for telling Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko to go on a corporate governance and director’s duties course. She really should know better. The board is run by the chairman, not the CEO.
CEO of PPC Ketso Gordhan, who took a R1m pay cut last year, as his top 60 managers’ remuneration was frozen in order to hike the wages of the cement maker’s 1,200 lowest earners.
Adcock Ingram chairman Khotso Mokhele, who has become the first victim made to walk the plank after Bidvest’s successful bid to gain a majority stake in the pharmaceutical company.
Agricultural Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. The ban on meat exports might have been lifted, but we now learn that the country’s ability to manufacture vaccines has all but collapsed.
uMhlathuze mayor Elphas Mbatha, whose municipality was responsible for the maintenance of power lines to Richard Bay Coal Terminal. A power failure resulted in a loss of R2bn in coal exports.
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, who thinks the government employing 98,000 more people is cause for celebration. In fact, smaller government is the better thing.
National Council of Provinces chairman Mninwa Mahlangu over extraordinary security measures for the state of the nation address. Parliament is meant for the people, it’s not supposed to be a fortress.
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Toyota has said it will stop making cars in that country from 2017. This means Australia will no longer have a motor manufacturing industry.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng. His proposals for standards and norms aimed at improving the efficiencies of the courts make sense, so you wonder why they are not in place already.
Cricket SA president Chris Nenzani, who voted in favour of a proposal which will see international cricket controlled by Australia, India and England, selling out the other cricket nations opposed to the plan.
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, who, instead of promising to attend to the coal mining industry’s problems about licences, berates those who raise the issue.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. First the Marikana tragedy and now seven protesters dead at the hands of police so far this year. So much for political accountability in the African National Congress.
Turkish central bank governor Erdem Basci is clearly determined to prove his independence from the government, but a near doubling of interest rates is an over-reaction that makes a bad situation worse.
Former Springbok lock Victor Matfield, who returns to the rugby field this weekend for the Bulls. Sometimes it is better to stay in retirement than to try to recapture your glory days.
How the mighty have fallen. A few short months ago Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele could have walked into the leadership of the Democratic Alliance on her own terms. Now it looks more a question of survival.
Former SA cricket chief Ali Bacher, for adding his voice to the outrage that has met an attempt by India, England and Australia to seize control of international cricket to the detriment of the sport.
Central African Republic president Catherine Samba-Panza. An appointment which appears to have been welcomed by the various factions waging war in the landlocked African country.
Coach Gordon Igesund after Bafana Bafana failed yet again to make it past the preliminary stages of a tournament after being bundled out of the African Nations Championship by Nigeria.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe for confounding the sceptics yet again after he was seen at a memorial service for his sister, quashing rumours that he was close to death’s door.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, for getting US boxing champion Floyd Mayweather to visit SA and hopefully spark a revival in the local boxing industry without spending a cent of taxpayers’ money.
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, who signed into law a bill that criminalises same-sex relationships. His action not only shames his country but all Africans who are trying to fight homophobia.
Maserati skipper Giovanni Soldini, who smashed the previous record for the transatlantic Cape 2 Rio yacht race, making the crossing in just 10 days and in the process taking line honours as well.
Protea batsman Quinton de Kock joins a handful of batsmen worldwide who have managed three successive one-day Test centuries. Hopefully he has now secured his place in the national side.
ArcelorMittal SA chairman Mpho Makwana for failing to explain why Nonkululeko Nyembezi-Heita has stepped down as CEO with no successor in place, fuelling speculation as to why she left.
The citizens of SA for confounding the sceptics and showing the world that we mourn the passing of Nelson Mandela not only with tears, but by celebrating his life with songs and joy.
SA National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) CEO Nazir Alli. After three downgrades of its credit rating, Moody’s has now reaffirmed its rating of Sanral’s debt following the implementation of e-tolls.
University of Cape Town vice-chancellor Max Price . The university was ranked third- best emerging-market university worldwide and top SA varsity by the Times Higher Education magazine.
Russian runner Natalia Volgina, who has been stripped of her 2013 Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon title after it was found she had used banned performance-enhancing drugs.
Remgro CEO Johann Rupert. He is never a man to mince his words, so when he says red tape and corruption are hampering business in SA, the government should sit up and take note.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. His latest innovation is to have drones deliver packages within 30 minutes of the package being ordered. The trick is figuring out whether the drone is delivering a package or a missile.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, for trying to cast herself as a victim of a “smear campaign” after a damning report into her ministry.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, for his attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela and calling for her power to be curbed while remaining silent on the R208m spent on Nkandla.
Reserve Bank deputy governor Lesetja Kganyago has injected some sanity into worries about the US Federal Reserve’s planned tapering of easy money, saying it is not all bad news for SA.
Rugby team the Blue Bulls. First it was the pink rugby shirts, now it is camouflage. Really guys, just stick to rugby and not the catwalks. Vodacom must be very pleased to have its logo on the front.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane after reports that the Gauteng government has spent R14m in “repairs” at her official residence in Bryanston, including a whopping R570,000 to fix the pool.
National Union of Metalworkers of SA president Cedric Gina. He is the latest victim in the fallout following the suspension of Cosatu secretary-general Zwelinzima Vavi.
North West Premier Thandi Modise for failing to explain what has happened to R300m in funds meant for poor and disadvantaged communities. It surely can’t be that hard to show us a bank statement.
Formula One champion Sebastian Vettel. At just 26 years of age, Mr Vettel is on his way to becoming one of the world’s greatest racing drivers as he breaks one record after another.
You’d think Sanral CEO Nazir Alli had enough on his plate without picking a fight with business too. Perhaps if government drove the economy a little less recklessly, business wouldn’t experience its alleged “road rage”?
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, for his unsubstantiated allegations about “dirty money” fuelling Cosatu’s difficulties. When the unions commented on the ANC succession issue they were told to butt out.
Growthpoint CEO Norbert Sasse for his R6.6bn acquisition of the Tiber property portfolio. Growthpoint is now by far the largest property group in SA, with 1.5-million square metres of office space.
Cotton On Group CEO Robert Kenny. For a long time we have heard about South African retailers heading Down Under. Now the Australians are coming to SA, with Cotton On planning to have 500 stores in SA.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Instead of worrying about the public protector’s report on Nkandla, focus on the fact that 600 police stations around the country are short-staffed.
Gift of the Givers Foundation founder Dr Imtiaz Sooliman. The aid agency has denoted R2m to assist the Philippine victims of Typhoon Haiyan and has sent a team of doctors to the country.
Coronation Fund Managers CEO Anton Pillay. Not only is the company the best-performing share on the JSE over the past five years, but it has doubled its dividend payout for the year.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, for defending teachers who joined a protest march in Durban, leaving schools unattended during exams, on the grounds that grade 12 exams were not affected.
Mpumalanga MEC for public works, roads and transport Dikeledi Mahlangu. How many more people need to lose their lives on the Moloto Road before they finally decide to fix this death trap?
Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa. He carried the nation’s hopes to secure a second Caf Champions League trophy, but in the end the Egyptian Al Ahly team were too good for his charges.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa for attempting to stop the publication of the public protector’s report on Nkandla, and his defence of the apartheid-era National Key Points Act.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba for not allowing SAA CEO Monwabisi Kalawe to close the unprofitable Beijing route. Mr Gigaba needs to stop interfering in the running of SAA.
Energy Minister Ben Martins for approving another 17 clean-energy projects worth R33bn and showing that the government can work efficiently if it has the right processes in place.
CEO of the Passenger Rail Agency of SA Lucky Montana for allowing hundreds of buses worth R1.4bn to gather dust as the agency had not secured permits to operate them as public transport.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, for entertaining moves to allow Mbulelo Goniwe back into Parliament after he was expelled for sexual harassment. It makes a mockery of his initial expulsion.
Old Mutual’s gold fund portfolio manager Mike Schroder, for his colourful condemnation of executive salaries in the mining industry, pointing out they form a big part of the sector’s economic woes.
Correctional Services Minister Sibusiso Ndebele. There has been a rise of more than 40% in prison rapes and sexual assaults in the past year. Perhaps just the levels of reporting have increased, but that’s just as bad.
Telkom CFO Jacques Schindehütte. Being suspended a month before the company publishes its interim results, for whatever reason, is not something you want on a resumé. There is no way to spin this one.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, for trimming perks such as costs of official cars and the oft-abused credit cards for Cabinet ministers and officials. If you behave like children, you will get privileges revoked like children.
Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia has replaced piracy charges with hooliganism for Greenpeace activists and two journalists. Greenpeace says it’s still an overreaction — but a reaction is what it wanted.
Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. The security clearance and qualifications discrepancies around her hiring acting crime intelligence head Maj-Gen Chris Ngcobo are yet more incompetent egg on her face.
KwaZulu-Natal economic development and tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu. The province is allowing liquor sales on a Sunday and creating call centres for liquor outlets to help them understand the new sales rules.
President Jacob Zuma, for the unfortunate comment, about e-tolls, “We can’t think like Africans in Africa. It’s not some national road in Malawi.” Proving SA is not in and of itself part of Africa and insulting his neighbours.
SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for axing The Big Debate, which “(holds) our leaders to account”, citing “editorial oversight”. So axing actual news to make way for “good news” has begun.
North West ANC chairman Supra Mahumapelo, for not attending a briefing at which he was expected to clear his name after reportedly blowing nearly R42,000 at Sun City.
US President Barack Obama, for not backing down on his demands and so letting Tea Party Republicans and the GOP hold the country to ransom. An agreement has been made and the US is open for business again.
Chancellor of VUT Pansy Tlakula, for producing sensible students who say, of Julius Malema, things like “He talks and talks but doesn’t make any point” and “An empty tin that makes a lot of noise is just useless”.
ANC Western Cape chairman Marius Fransman, for the anti-Semitic statement that 98% of property owners are in “the white community” and, in particular, “the Jewish community”. Ben Turok lodged a formal complaint.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, for joking that he should have won the Nobel Peace Prize after it went to the weapons watchdog destroying his regime’s chemical arsenal; 1,400 deaths later, this is not remotely funny.
New NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana. With the ink barely dry on his contract, the first thing he does is appeal against last week’s reinstatement of charges against Richard Mdluli. Let the legal games begin again.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa, for threatening action in sectors other than mining as a pre-emptive strike — a preventative measure just in case businesses are considering retrenchments. It’s called union logic.
Infinity Media Networks CEO Nazeem Howa. The denials about employing people illegally at ANN7 news channel were disingenuous; home affairs is sending four foreigners out of SA for not having work permits.
SANDF’s Lt-Col Christine Anderson. Finally, all has been revealed. She has confirmed the mysterious“Number One” in the Guptagate documents is (insert drum roll) Jacob Zuma! Such cryptic nuance! Who would have guessed?
Constitutional Court judges Bess Nkabinde and Chris Jafta, for distancing themselves, without so much as an explanation, from the complaint made by the Constitutional Court against Judge John Hlophe.
Inkatha Freedom Party leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi, for continuing to speak his mind about the government’s actions robustly and regardless of the fact that, by now, there is probably no one listening to him.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. His department’s document on intellectual property has been declared incomprehensible and displaying “an alarming lack of understanding” by Stellenbosch University.
Auditor-general Terence Nombembe. His eagle eye has highlighted the level of chaos to which SA Express’s financial management has been reduced, being unable even to confirm that its stated profit is legitimate.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. A new survey has revealed that corruption is rampant in SA’s schools, mostly by teachers who are often responsible for selling exam papers to pupils. For shame.
DA shadow minister of water and environmental affairs Marti Wenger. The attack on Edna Molewa’s action to curb rhino poaching has been denounced by international experts who say it’s pure politicking.
Aquarius Platinum CEO Jean Nel, for converting 70% of his salary to shares for the next three years to“better align management remuneration and shareholder returns” and to “reduce corporate costs”. A bold move.
Billionaire Patrice Motsepe, for pledging R200m from his foundation for youth education and youth business development during a speech at the Tshwane University of Technology. He’s our own Bill Gates.
Acting director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. The auditor-general is not impressed that the NPA has achieved less than half its targets — but Jiba is “proud” that performance has improved. Everything’s relative.
Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane. Despite introducing performance agreements, overall management performance of government departments has declined. What a waste of time.
Statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Strokes and heart attacks kill more white South Africans than black because they are not “happy”, he says. As a statistician, he really should know not to conflate causality and correlation.
President Jacob Zuma, for praising Mexico’s “patriotic reporting” and for noting that SA’s media make him want to leave the country sometimes, which proves the media must be doing something right.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, for braying about her performance, despite such appalling service delivery, and boasting she will turn any given post “into gold”. Taxpayers might prefer actual results.
Proteas opening batsman Hashim Amla, for getting four awards from Cricket SA, among them Cricketer of the Year — which he has won before — Sunfoil Test Cricketer of the Year and SA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year.
Gun Free SA chairman Alan Storey, for being up in arms about ads in newspapers and shop windows for guns with payment plans. People are entitled to advertise their wares legally — until Aaron Motsoaledi bans it.
President Jacob Zuma. Mauritius has overtaken SA as the most competitive sub-Saharan country due to the usual — labour discord and over-regulation, poor education, and so on. This has to land at his door.
Banking Association MD Cas Coovadia, for confirming the banking industry is firmly behind the National Development Plan and ready to start playing a “leading role” in its implementation in pertinent areas of banking.
Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, for noting that South African arts, culture and heritage are important aspects of the country’s economy and could be “the new gold”, something others have been saying for years.
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega, for appointing a Gauteng police commissioner without a background check (he has criminal charges pending) and then blaming him for not telling her about them!
Saxonwold ANC branch secretary Tebogo Khaas, for withdrawing his complaint against the Guptas, reportedly to avoid further embarrassment and division in the ANC ahead of the election. Was his arm bent to do this?
Chairman of KwaZulu-Natal’s Subsistence Fishermen Forum Desmond de Sa. His petitioning has paid off; Transnet has lifted its ban and now 500 fishermen are legally permitted to fish at selected Durban piers.
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, for this: “Investors must realise they have a responsibility to the country and cannot work to a bottom line that has no heart or soul”. And they must believe in unicorns.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for highlighting a sharp increase in corruption and poor service delivery in the public service with more cases of MECs breaching the executive ethics code. Who is listening to her?
Transnet National Ports Authority CEO Tau Morwe, for his strategically sensible and proactive regional approach to attracting more global trade while still ensuring SA’s own port-capacity requirements are met.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, for her non-participatory, rough-handed and totalitarian approach to a total ban on alcohol advertising and practically a blackout of all alcohol branding.
Tax professor Matthew Lester, for thinking himself and his mansion by the sea above the law and neighbours’ rights, continuing to build it in defiance of six court orders to get building approval. It is to be demolished.
Aveng CE Roger Jardine, who has resigned under pressure in the wake of the construction sector collusion scandal. How ironic that the shenanigans took place before he was even appointed to the position.
ANC deputy chief whip Eunice Dlakude, whose rush to comfort the disgraced Dina Pule after the latter’s teary non-apology to Parliament raises a few questions over the “whip” part of her job description.
Russian tennis player Maria Sharapova may be easy on the eye and a sweetie in person. But insisting the US Open call her “Sugarpova” for the duration of the event is taking product endorsement too far.
Former Egyptian despot Hosni Mubarak, ousted during the 2011 uprising, could be a free man soon after corruption charges were dropped. Could this be related to the fact that his military pals are back in charge?
The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union president Joseph Mathunjwa, for sealing a deal with Lonmin as the majority union with all the rights that go with it. You snooze you lose, as the NUM did.
Former Italian president Silvio Berlusconi. He believes, as his lawyers do, that he could be getting a pardon for his fraud conviction any day now so he can resume his political career. Sadly, he might be right.
Auditor-General Terence Nombembe, for, as ever, sounding the drum about the dire state of financial competence in SA’s municipalities, with a ridiculous nine of 278 having clean audits. Why is nobody listening?
Western Cape police commissioner Gen Arno Lamoer. Independent Police Investigative Directorate statistics show the Western Cape has the highest incidence of police rape. Helen Zille will not be amused.
Sterling-Rand co-founder Chris Schoeman. We’re not completely sure, but forming a company to fund civil litigation for a share of the settlement sounds rather smart. It’s not illegal, we’re still pondering the ethics….
Mango Airlines CEO Nico Bezuidenhout. Firing 24 cabin crew for defrauding the airline by pocketing takings from its in-flight catering service sets an excellent example and is a caveat for other employees.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, for announcing he is reinstating the specialist sexual offences courts to try crimes against women and children. With the highest sexual-crime rate in the world, it is desperately needed.
South African yachtsman Graham Anley, for rescuing his Jack Russell terrier before his wife when their yacht was wrecked off the Transkei coast. You just know if he had left the dog, the public would vilify him forever.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Buying The Washington Post proves business legitimacy and cachet still obtains in print, despite online’s rapid growth. As one observer put it: “The iceberg just saved the Titanic”.
President Jacob Zuma. His fulsome praise and “profound congratulations” to Robert Mugabe’s entirely expected election win, as the rest of the world voices its very real concerns, makes SA look rather stupid.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande, for his puerile and incendiary comments about Tlokwe, saying the ANC needs to claim “this municipality from the party (DA) of the baases and madams”.
Western Cape education MEC Donald Grant has egg on his face for his bid to close 17 schools in the province, which was kicked out with costs and the court saying his reasons were “largely inadequate” and“irrational”.
President Jacob Zuma. His using air force helicopters to commute between Durban and his Nkandla residence is straining the SAAF budgets; to wit, no search and rescue is being done on the KwaZulu-Natal coast.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane. She wants four construction firms convicted of collusion to “atone” by contributing to the building of a children’s hospital. And so moral bribery becomes business leverage.
Pope Francis. On a tour of South America, which proved him more popular than the Beatles, he said, “If someone is gay and looking for the Lord, who am I to judge him?”, thus leaping into the 18th century.
Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, for saying he will announce unofficial election results if the electoral commission fails to release them promptly. A silly threat that Robert Mugabe called him on.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, for saying he will never worship a homophobic God and comparing the fight against homophobia with the fight against apartheid. He’s still the most sensible and kick-ass Arch there is.
Murder accused Shrien Dewani. He is to appeal against his extradition to SA, which could take another six months, on the grounds of ill health. However ill he is, he’s still in considerably better shape than his late wife.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Where to start? Zimbabweans are running our economy; most of our hotel workers are Zimbabweans; gay people should be beheaded — the barking mad list goes on….
Kumba Iron Ore CEO Norman Mbazima. At a time when the mining sector is battling to stay above water, news that Kumba is looking at expanding within SA and into the rest of Africa is most welcome.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for noting that SA cannot afford to be left behind and setting up a task team to fast-track its growth and investment. Somebody had to do it, we’re just surprised it’s him.
President Jacob Zuma, for not sticking up for his own facilitation team, specifically Lindiwe Zulu, when she spoke out about Robert Mugabe. It’s shameful that he kowtows to Mugabe but hangs his own out to dry.
UK cyclist Chris Froome, for winning the Tour de France, the second Brit to do so, helping the UK enjoy a new sense of sporting prowess — and he won without doping, he says, which makes it extra impressive.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande. While the Setas are patently not working, suggesting that government departments as well as the private sector pay the national skills levy at least levels the paying field .
Russian President Vladimir Putin, for pointing out the US trapped Edward Snowden in Russia, not him. Once they knew he was en route to Havana, the US blocked his movements, leaving him stuck in Moscow.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, for the caveat that China investing in African infrastructure must not come at the expense of local development — bringing in their own workers won’t help SA’s job-creation goal.
DA leader Helen Zille. The party is hailing members of dubious provenance, such as AbaThembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, with the same kind of obsequious electioneering it decries in the ANC.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe for, as ever, calling it right when he says the ANC needs to look to the future; relying on past glories, of which younger voters are barely even aware, will not keep it winning elections.
ANC deputy secretary-general Jessie Duarte, for the nonsensical and incendiary comment that “apartheid has seeped back, very quietly and comfortably” into the Western Cape, the province the ANC covets so much.
Former deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, for reportedly being touted to head the new gender equality body, United Nations Women, according to diplomats. Congratulations, it’s a good call.
Whistle-blower Edward Snowden, for vacillating about going into exile in Venezuela. Has he not seen its women? Surely exile in a country that produces more Miss Worlds per capita than any other is an easy decision.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang. Chinese police reportedly opened fire “without warning” on an unarmed group of Tibetan monks celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday. At least two were shot in the head.
Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution chairman Sipho Pityana. Fed up with the leaderless NPA, they are taking court action to force Jacob Zuma to find a full-time candidate for the post.
Tennis player Andy Murray, for not buckling under the pressure of the British public desperate for a Wimbledon winner after 77 years; for not crying when he won; and especially for making Ivan Lendl smile.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, for the eminently reasonable suggestion, made on radio, that the “top secret” Nkandla report should be made public, noting there’s no reason for it to be kept secret.
Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi, the country’s first democratically elected civilian leader, is out of a job barely a year after being sworn in. He got a lot wrong, but military intervention does not augur well.
Tlokwe mayor Maphetle Maphetle, who has been voted out of office by a majority of councillors — including those representing his own party — for a second time, after failing to account for missing funds.
Madiba’s grandson, Mandla Mandela. His unilateral decision to exhume relatives’ remains just goes to show that wisdom, humility, humanity and a love for democracy are not genetically inherited traits.
US President Barack Obama. The US is giving an extra $10m for safe medical male circumcision, which should further decrease HIV transmission and reduce deaths from “traditional” circumcisions.
Nelson Mandela’s wife Graca Machel, for continuing to be the class act she always has been by not speaking publicly or to the media about Madiba, unlike the rest of his family and an ex-wife, who are squabbling loudly.
Dean of Westminster Abbey Rev John Hall. Nelson Mandela may become the first non-Briton to be honoured with a memorial service at the abbey, which is in talks with the South African High Commission.
Expelled ANC Youth League leader Julius Malema. One in four youths would vote for his party, according to a nationwide survey. A clearer sign of the increasing desperation of SA’s youth would be harder to find.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa. Far from being a viable alternative to the NUM, asking for all wages in the gold mining sector to be doubled gives Amcu no credibility and proves how out of touch with reality it is.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. His paranoia about the media had him delay removing an official from a post so it didn’t look like he was responding to the media — thus responding to the media.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, for his hard work on the draft Framework Agreement for a Sustainable Mining Industry, which the NUM is already saying should prevent any wildcat strikes.
National Assembly Speaker Max Sisulu, for the inspired move of tagging often absent MPs to track their movements. It shows just how desperate Parliament has become. Perhaps a cattle prod would help in the short term?
Golfer Ernie Els, for topping the leader board in all four rounds to win the BMW International — the oldest player to do so, which proves that despite being a ripe old 43, he’s good for a few birdies yet.
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe. His scrambling to push back his election date by two weeks is disingenuous — it is too little, too late, as he knows, but makes him look like he’s being accommodating.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames, for getting top honours at the state-owned enterprises governance awards and being ranked as the most transparent company in terms of the King 3 codes and integrated reporting.
Convicted drug dealer Glenn Agliotti, for using radio to milk his authorised biography for all it’s worth, insisting he is as clean as the driven snow and it was all a conspiracy; he should know it’s time to lie low.
DA parliamentary leader Lindiwe Mazibuko, for saying of Jacob Zuma that if he wants respect without earning it, he has chosen the wrong job, and he “seems to aspire to be a monarch”. Never truer words spoken in jest.
Icasa chairman Stephen Mncube. Threatening foreign journalists outside Madiba’s hospital about some of their “unlicensed” equipment is unreasonable and disingenuous in the era of 24/7 international news.
Acting national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. She wants Glynnis Breytenbach dismissed and has filed papers to that effect, despite the disciplinary hearing ’s ruling. You lost. Move on.
Icasa chairman Stephen Mncube. Threatening foreign journalists outside Madiba’s hospital about some of their “unlicensed” equipment is unreasonable and disingenuous in the era of 24/7 international news.
Transnet CEO Brian Molefe. This time around, his bond issue has attracted an impressive R3.3bn, proving the company right about its earlier failure not being due to negative perceptions about the group or the country.
President Jacob Zuma. The ANC welcomed and adopted the National Development Plan with alacrity and smiles all around — now they are dumping entire chapters so, clearly, they didn’t read it properly.
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu for rushing to excise a problematic clause in the amended mining laws to the delight of all. She has proved she can get things done quickly when needed, so we will expect it again
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu and Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa. Their bickering about the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Amendment Bill isn’t making it any clearer.
Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin, for voicing his anxiety about the “clearly outrageous cost” of the Nkandla upgrade, an attitude unlikely to please his boss, who has classified most of the Nkandla report.
Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan. Declaring, as anti government protests escalate, that the protesters are “arm in arm with terrorism” sounds worryingly like something Syria’s Bashar al-Assad would say.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. The revelation that legal action prevented Eskom from penalising Hitachi for its faulty welding at Medupi vindicates his insistence that the contractor face consequences.
Actor Michael Douglas, for saying his throat cancer was caused by the human papillomavirus, contracted through too much cunnilingus. Even if true, this is too much information; he should keep his mouth shut.
Water and Environmental Affairs Minister Edna Molewa, for deciding to re-erect a fence between the Kruger National Park and Mozambique to curb rhino poaching in SA, as Mozambique is just not coming to the party.
Acting National Prosecuting Authority head Nomgcobo Jiba, for not respecting the exoneration of Glynnis Breytenbach and threatening to take the case to court for review. You lost; get over it and move on.
Central University of Technology, Free State’s Prof Herman Vermaak, for the Solar Flower prototype in which students can charge electronic devices via solar-powered USB ports. Innovation must be rewarded.
Exonerated deputy director of public prosecutions Glynnis Breytenbach, who, despite her suspension and shoddy treatment, is still prepared to pursue charges against Richard Mdluli, making her a brave woman.
ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize, for pointing out the obvious — that the mining industry is vital to creating jobs and the National Development Plan and everyone needs to get behind it, which won’t please the unions.
Cosatu Western Cape secretary Tony Ehrenreich, for saying the DA is giving US President Barack Obama the freedom of Cape Town to boost the city’s credibility — but thanks to the DA, it doesn’t need boosting.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Noting that no minister, nor the president, knew of the landing by the Guptas at the Waterkloof base does not in any way mitigate in their favour. They should have known.
National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni. His demand for a 344% increase in housing allowances shows that his ludicrous grand standing is a childish attack aimed at Amcu’s ascendance.
President Jacob Zuma. His trying to sell SA as a good investment opportunity to Canadians, “especially” in mining, as the sector is faced with more violence and unrealistic demands, is rather embarrassing.
Businessman and former Busa vice-president Mthunzi Mdwaba, for revealing, as others have, that the government’s desire to engage with the private sector is tenuous at best, with meetings being “a formality”.
National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni. As predicted by the Third Umpire last month, wage demands have gone doolally tap, with the union wanting increases of up to 60%. Good luck with that.
One of China’s four vice-premiers, Wang Yang, for bravely pointing out irritating habits of Chinese tourists, including “talking loudly in public, jay walking, spitting and carving characters on items in scenic zones”.
Former Hawks spokesman McIntosh Polela, who has now been officially fired after his “Vaseline tweet” and his suspension at the end of March — but he has earned a whopping R300,000 since then.
Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, for wanting low-cost holiday resorts for “ordinary South Africans” — about time, foreign currency earners have had the run of the country for too long.
Mpumalanga co-operative governance and traditional affairs MEC Simon Skhosana. Conveying condolences to the families of 20 boys who died at initiation schools is not enough — end this carnage!
Former Springbok captain John Smit is finally set to hang up his boots after Saracens failed to make the English Premiership final. One World Cup, two Tri-Nations and a series win over the Lions. Not bad.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. His alarmist cries about unemployment in the country being a “ticking time bomb” have little validity when he’s doing everything in his power to stymie job-creation efforts.
Wits University vice-chancellor Adam Habib for insisting, after students disrupted an Israeli pianist’s concert, the institution will remain a “free space” and take no formal position on the Israel-Palestine issue.
Deputy Public Protector Kevin Malunga, for going behind his boss’s back to ingratiate himself with Parliament’s justice committee, with which she had just clashed in a dispute over its powers of oversight.
Congolese businessman and politician Moïse Katumbi Chapwe, owner of football club TP Mazembe, which pulled just about every dirty trick imaginable in a vain bid to oust Pirates from the Champions League.
Zimbabwe Mines Minister Obert Mpofu. As if the beleaguered industry didn’t have enough on its plate, his department is now considering forcing mines to sell all of their output via the state. Kiss of death.
South Sudan President Salva Kiir Mayardit, for allowing or condoning suppression of the press in his country, with attacks on journalists and one columnist critical of his government already murdered.
President Jacob Zuma. A recent report shows that public service corruption cost taxpayers nearly R1bn with no “meaningful consequences” for perpetrators. This goes right to the top — the buck starts with him.
Acsa CEO Bongani Maseko, for looking to invest in airports in Africa, which means improved returns for his company and improved airport infrastructure across the continent. Being proactive usually pays.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. She is rightly angered by underwear being used as a misogynistic symbol, saying “I am pained at this open display of denigration, sexual violence and objectification”.
Deputy Public Works Minister Jeremy Cronin, who promises SA the proposed wide-ranging expropriation law will not be abused. No offence, but “trust me, I’m a communist” doesn’t cut it.
The ANC Women’s League, which has got its knickers in a knot after “counter-revolutionary” teachers brandished an outsized pair of undies branded “Angie’s full-brief panties” during a protest.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, for funding one of the key players in last year’s violent farm workers’ strike. Where to start with how wrong this is, and in so many ways?
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim, for asking for a fantastical 20% wage increase, partly to “close the apartheid wage gap”. This is surely just a ruse to get the strike season going. Why not ask for 50%?
West Indian cricketer Chris Gayle who, playing for Bangalore in the IPL, scored the fastest century in cricket history — a ton off 30 balls — finishing 175 not out off 66 balls, having hit 17 sixes and 13 fours.
Western Cape Cosatu secretary Tony Ehrenreich, for, along with Sadtu, asking for high-school pupils to take a day off school to join their protest march against education inequality. Hey, leave those kids alone!
Harvard-based economist Kenneth Rogoff. Along with colleague Carmen Reinhart, he made “serious errors” on a report widely used in the US to “justify eliminating the budget deficit”. We recommend Excel for Dummies.
Arts and culture portfolio committee chairwoman Thandile Babalwa Sunduza, for laying charges against metro police; after crashing into her car, cops allegedly surrounded her and called her a whore and a dog.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. As at the end of February almost 10,000 police officers were suspended on full pay, which has cost the state nearly R8.5m since April last year. This needs his immediate attention.
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. The report by Parliament’s research unit proves conclusively that she is not up to the task. She needs to take a long fishing break.
National Union of Metalworkers of SA general secretary Irvin Jim, for his thinly veiled threats about his union not approving foreign welders at Medupi, which are, surely, a prelude to instigating strike action.
Adv Mbuyiseli Madlanga. He has a solid track record in constitutional and administrative law as well with some ground-breaking cases. We congratulate him on being appointed to the Constitutional Court.
Presidency deputy information officer Batandwa Siswana, for saying the DA could not see the Presidential Handbook as its contents are secret, when, in fact, the book doesn’t exist. Same as unicorns, then.
Cardinal Wilfrid Napier, for noting that gay marriage in SA is “tantamount to slavery” and that he can’t be accused of homophobia “because I don’t know any homosexuals”. We can’t for the life of us think why not.
Prasa CEO Lucky Montana, for planning to buy back lease agreements on properties to cut its dependence on subsidies significantly. Such proactivity is to be lauded — and, we hope, copied.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, for responding to the HSRC survey that found trust in unions has plummeted, not with fury and denials, but with this: “This survey tells me one thing: improve.”
Academic Prof Jonathan Jansen, for saying he wished people would leave Madiba alone “to die in peace without the constant media glare” — and not that he wished Madiba dead, as some have stupidly interpreted it.
The new CEO of Toyota Africa, Johan van Zyl. He is one of only two non-Japanese senior executives. Installing local directors for regions is a sensible business move by Toyota. We wish Van Zyl well in the new post.
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, for conflating the state and his own religion, saying Christians are SA's moral conscience, especially with regard to rape, thus insulting every non-Christian citizen.
Golfer Rory McIlroy. You don't walk off the course after eight holes when you're the world number one, saying you're "in a bad place mentally," then later cite toothache. "Diddums!" seems an appropriate response.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Despite slow GDP growth, the South African Revenue Service managed to rake in R814bn — despite the worrying contraction in corporate income tax due to mining’s many woes.
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Portia “Pankie” Sizani, the chief praise singer’s better half, who has pleaded not guilty to 31 counts of fraud totaling R1.2m. She is accused of creating “ghost teachers” in the Eastern Cape and taking their salaries.
President Jacob Zuma, whose worst nightmare — actually getting his day in court to face long-avoided corruption charges — came one step closer on Friday when he lost the Supreme Court of Appeal spy tapes case.
KwaZulu-Natal economic development MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu, for springing a 10% “hospitality levy” on the province’s tourism industry, ostensibly to fund provincial bids for international conferences. This could backfire
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, who says he is not prepared to hold fresh elections because it may result in a split. So what if that means riding roughshod over the organisation’s constitution?
Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who is surely starting to wonder what he has let himself in for after it emerged that municipal debt to Eskom has trebled in nine months. A “dire crisis” indeed.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has a point about the airlines waking up to the new immigration regulations too late, but is being right worth cutting R10bn from the country’s GDP? This is not the time to be stubborn.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, for jumping the gun in his opposition to government proposals to reduce damage caused to the economy by prolonged strikes. Talk first, then brief lawyers, if necessary.
Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus, whose decisive intervention to arrange a bail-out for African Bank, and security for depositors, is in everybody’s best interests, not least shareholders. Banking is a confidence game.
US President Barack Obama, whose US-Africa Leaders Summit and Doing Business in Africa programme seem set to define a new, more productive relationship between the continent and the world’s biggest economy.
The Abil board. It’s all very well for the CEO to be made to carry the can, but the whole idea of having a board of directors is to hold the executive to account, not merely to pass the buck. More heads will have to roll.
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi, for seeing a half-full glass and black empowerment opportunities rather than flashing lights in Amplats’ decision to sell off struggling mines. That's the spirit.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, on whose watch the number of adverse court judgments involving the department has jumped from four in 2010-11 to 23 in 2013-14. They have, at least, all been complied with.
NUM secretary-general Frans Baleni, for threatening an unprotected strike at Eskom if it fails to give in to the union’s wage demands. This is the kind of reckless behaviour that gives collective bargaining a bad name.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, whose warning that SA needs to be seen to be taking clear steps to improve the investment climate if it wants to keep attracting foreign investment must be taken seriously by the government.
Commonwealth Games triple jump champion Khotso Mokoena, whose prospects of being among the medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics are even better than they appear — he wasn’t even fully fit when he took gold.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, who has indicated that his party is no longer opposed to transparency in political donations. His call for a new funding model should be seen by civil society as an invitation to negotiate.
PIC chief investment officer Daniel Matjila. A more proactive PIC investing in line with the state’s strategic objectives makes sense as long as he never forgets that this is pensioners’ money he is playing with.
Judge Colin Lamont, who is presiding over the Radovan Krejcir trial, escaped unscathed after a suspected drive-by shooting at his home on Monday night. This dispensing justice business is clearly not for sissies.
Exxaro CEO Sipho Nkosi. The company’s acquisition of Total Coal will double its capacity to export through the Richards Bay Coal Terminal and do wonders for its margins. Roll on the global recovery and increased energy demand.
Capsule Technologies founder Megan Verkuil. The company's solar-powered computer may not be pretty but will fill a niche in Africa and help to close the technological gap that disadvantages rural people.
Blitzboks coach Neil Powell, whose charges defeated New Zealand in the Commonwealth Games sevens rugby final at the weekend to bring home the gold. Just reward for consistency and hard work over a number of years.
The road to hell is paved with good intentions, something Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi may want to bear in mind as he implements earlier HIV/AIDS treatment despite some provinces being in a state of collapse.
Western Cape economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde, whose Red Tape Reduction Unit is leading the way for the country by helping small businesses in the province hack their way through state bureaucracy.
Russian President Vladimir Putin, who is starting to feel the heat politically for his macho approach to international diplomacy. As he is discovering, Russia is no longer insulated from the world economy.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. If she wants public buy-in to the state’s nuclear generation programme, she needs to come up with more convincing arguments, especially regarding how it will be funded.
President Jacob Zuma, for his balanced and pragmatic response to the appalling situation in Gaza, in contrast to that of the ANC. The death and destruction must end, but choosing sides is not the solution.
Proteas captain Hashim Amla, who has kicked off his international Test captaincy career with a decisive win against Sri Lanka, SA’s first at the home side’s Galle stronghold. Pity about the ball-tampering row, though.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. His handling of the Nkandla scandal notwithstanding, he deserves credit for fixing some severe problems that have bedevilled his department.
Tsogo Sun nonexecutive chairman Johnny Copelyn. A R200m interest-free loan to executives, with no fixed repayment date, is not an appropriate way to “align directors’ interests with those of shareholders”.
Seventy-three-year-old comic book hero Archie Andrews, who never looked a day over 17 and died a violent death in yesterday’s issue of Life With Archie while trying to save the life of his gay best friend. RIP.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, for insisting the new immigration laws stand despite conceding that no impact assessment was carried out before implementation. These are people’s lives, Mr Minister.
Trade and industry portfolio committee chair Joan Fubbs. Promoting beneficiation is all very well, but she and her fellow MPs have a duty to consider the full implications of imposing domestic quotas.
German striker Mario Goetze, for the bit of controlled brilliance that gave his country its fourth World Cup title in Brazil on Sunday evening. Pity he had to break so many Argentinian hearts in the process.
Minister for Women Susan Shabangu, for withdrawing the women empowerment bill drawn up by her predecessor, Lulu Xingwana, for further consultation. It was unworkable and needs substantial revision.
Germany’s head soccer coach, Joachim Loew, for a scintillating semifinal performance against a hapless Brazil. That will put paid to any lingering doubts over his ability to push the team beyond the semifinals.
Limpopo Premier and ANC chairman Stanley Mathabatha, who has fired 22 ANC councillors who defied the party line to remove a mayor accused of corruption, rather than deal with the core problem.
National Planning Commission member Miriam Altman, for defending the National Development Plan from politically inspired criticism. This is the only viable game in town. Get behind it.
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim, for holding the entire country to ransom over strike demands that are clearly designed to pursue a political agenda within the tripartite alliance. Talk about workers being exploited.
Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise. Police and SPCA officials found scores of carcasses after more than 100 animals were left unattended for weeks on a farm she owns near Potchefstroom.
Gauteng legislature Speaker Ntombi Mekgwe. Her overreaction to the Economic Freedom Fighters dress sense played right into their hands, resulting in violence and mayhem rather than reasoned debate.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. SA was a “poor country” when it signed up to the Millennium Development Goals, so using that as an excuse for failing to attain them falls a bit flat.
Uruguayan President José Mujica. Already one of the world’s most likeable leaders, referring to Fifa as “old sons of bitches” will be likely to endear him to many more people, even if he is wrong about Luis Suarez.
Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer. With a Rugby World Cup around the corner, the timing couldn’t be better for him to become the first Springbok coach in the professional era to be given successive four-year terms.
Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman, whose response to questions over unaccounted-for millions from when he was an MEC can be summed up by “I don’t remember”. He can do better.
Polokwane mayor Freddy Greaver, who has resigned, which was probably a wise move. This week four other mayors linked to ANC factions that have fallen out of favour, got the chop.
It’s early days yet, but new Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown is showing plenty of determination to confront the problem children in her portfolio, Eskom and SAA, head on. More power to her arm.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who theoretically faces prison time for contempt of court after failing to comply with a judicial order directing him to decide the fate of a stateless man within 30 days.
Sudanese Christian Meriam Ibrahim, who has been re-arrested, hours after being freed following an international outcry over the death sentence imposed on her for marrying a Christian and abandoning Islam.
Zimbabwean Justice Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa. The ink was hardly dry last week on a constitutional court ruling against the criminalisation of defamation when another editor was arrested.
The electoral court has recommended that IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula be removed from her post. For the sake of her own and the institution’s integrity she should resign forthwith.
The ANC government. Whatever the sustainability of its polices, it must get credit for the fact that the percentage of South Africans going to bed hungry has more than halved since 2002.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Nobody would want his job given the terrorism from a neighbour as shambolic as Somalia, but blaming al-Shabaab attacks on “local politics” isn’t a solution.
ANC general secretary Gwede Mantashe. “Crowding in” private investment sounds rather controlling, but it can only be an improvement on the “crowding out” of the private sector that has been going on in recent years.
Formula One legend Michael Schumacher, who is apparently communicating with his family after emerging from a coma almost six months after suffering brain damage in a skiing accident in France. What a fighter.
Uber Cape Town MD Anthony le Roux. The smartphone application-driven taxi service has shaken up the industry worldwide and is now set to do the same in South Africa with the introduction of a more affordable version.
National conventional arms control committee head Jeff Radebe. The whole idea of the committee is to improve transparency, yet his latest report presents a picture of SA’s arms exports that is about as clear as mud.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, who has responded to an outcry over new immigration regulations by allowing a three-month grace period so children can travel with their parents as before during the holidays.
Fifa president Sepp Blatter, whose iron grip is starting to slip as corruption sullies the beautiful game. Major World Cup sponsors are now pressing the body to move decisively to address mounting allegations.
Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal, whose weekend victory in the French Open — his ninth title on the clay surface and fifth in succession — puts him just three Grand Slam titles behind record-holder Roger Federer.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, for resorting to “wit gevaar” tactics to find a scapegoat for the government’s inability to resolve the protracted platinum strike.
SA’s cricketer of the year, AB de Villiers, whose statistics, as CE Haroon Lorgat noted, speak for themselves — top of the world batting rankings in Test cricket and second in one-day internationals.
Small Business Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu, who faces an uphill battle carrying out her mandate given contradictory government policies, but is nevertheless well up for it.
EFF leader Julius Malema, who is reluctant to send his son to a public school, which makes no sense now that he’s an MP and there are excellent public schools available to him in Cape Town.
Malawi President Peter Mutharika, for halving the number of posts in his cabinet as part of the monumental task of cutting costs and rebuilding the country from a state of economic collapse.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, for setting a fine example to his Cabinet colleagues by keeping his old official car rather than splurging unnecessarily on a new one at taxpayers’ expense.
Bongmusa Mthembu, the first KwaZulu-Natalian to win the Comrades Marathon in almost 20 years. His victory helped SA seal the top three places and the best South African performance in decades.
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, who has suggested that standards of honesty and morality in SA would improve “if religion were to be factored into the law-making process”. As it was during the apartheid era?
Eskom acting CEO Collin Matjila, who is blamed in an auditor’s forensic report on the sale of Cosatu’s former headquarters for costing the federation at least R16m by failing to carry out a basic due diligence process.
Outgoing finance minister Pravin Gordhan, who apparently did not appreciate the farewell kiss he received from colleague Aaron Motsoaledi, but will learn to turn the other cheek in his new portfolio.
Solidarity Centre for Fair Labour Practices head Dirk Groenewald, who worked tirelessly to persuade the Department of Labour to withdraw racial job quotas that would have resulted in unfair discrimination.
President Jacob Zuma, for choosing a Cabinet that is more about consolidating his position politically than growing the economy. Talk of delivery and redistribution is a waste of breath if policy remains confused.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura, who has called for a “strong, results-based” relationship with business to unlock the province’s economic potential. That’s the talk, now let’s see whether he is prepared to walk it.
Western Cape ANC leader Marius Fransman, who criticised the gender make-up of premier Helen Zille’s executive committee despite his own party abandoning its gender parity policy. You live in a glass house, sir.
Judge Hilary Rabkin-Naicker, for persuading stakeholders in the platinum industry to accept mediation rather than pursue litigation as the best way to finding a solution to the prolonged strike.
Bafana coach Gordon Igesund faces an impossible task in taking on Australia and New Zealand with more than half of his squad missing. The system has to change or the chaos in SA’s football will continue indefinitely.
KwaZulu-Natal education MEC Peggy Nkonyeni usually sets red lights flashing, but freezing the salaries of those who failed to pitch up for a head count intended to get rid of “ghost” teachers was the right thing to do.
DA leader Helen Zille. So factionalism is not confined to the ANC. And worse news is that the official opposition can look forward to more of the same now that it has grown. The joys of incumbency.
Sharks director of rugby Jake White. Beating the Crusaders at home is achievement enough, but to do so one man down for most of the game is just incredible. The man has the X-factor.
Mthethwa again, for refusing to accede to Amcu’s demand that police be withdrawn from the platinum belt. It is not they who are responsible for the violent deaths that have occurred there. Not this time.
Amplats CEO Chris Griffith, whose attempt at justifying his R17.6m 2013 pay package comes across as defensive and selfish. Timing is everything, and this was a time when it would have been best to keep schtum.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini, whose reluctance to convene a special national congress in line with the federation’s constitution has left the rebel unions no choice but to seek relief from the courts.
Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, for performing an extraordinary soft-shoe-shuffle to distance herself from the actions of the department she heads. So much for personal accountability.
President Jacob Zuma. The ANC may have won the election convincingly, but its majority has declined during his tenure and, of the eligible voting population, just 36% voted for his party. Not the strongest mandate.
ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile. The party’s poor election performance in the province — it only just scraped a majority — may not be his fault, but there is a fair chance he will have to carry the can.
Shareholder activist Theo Botha, who often seems a lone voice in holding the directors of listed companies to account. Some institutional shareholders do it behind the scenes, of course, but for whose benefit?
DA leader Helen Zille. Whether or not the party is eventually forced to retract its SMS accusing President Jacob Zuma of stealing public money, she achieved her objective. All’s fair in love and electoral politics.
Abil CEO Leon Kirkinis. Calling for shareholders to be patient when the company is facing a headline loss of more than R3bn for the six months to March is a bit of a cheek. Haven’t they been patient enough already?
Energy Minister Ben Martins. Why on earth does his department want to unban manganese-based fuel additive MMT when this would take SA further from meeting international standards?
IEC chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya. The commission is already embroiled in controversy on the eve of a national election. SA did not need further instability involving another senior electoral official.
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa, whose claim that the party still has a bias towards the poor and tackling inequality rings hollow. The ANC has a bias towards staying in power and its policies reflect that.
IEC chairwoman Pansy Tlakula. If South African expatriates were not properly informed about what they needed to do to be able to vote, she should carry the can. But then she’s clearly not big on accountability.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, for consistently telling it like it is, without fear or favour. We’re going to miss him when he goes, just as much as we miss Madiba and others of their generation.
Former ANC MP Ben Turok, who professes to have faith in the party still, despite its “appalling” performance in government. What a wuss. Has he ever really understood the concept of multiparty democracy?
Toyota SA Motors CEO Johan van Zyl. An affordable, locally built sedan based on the hugely popular Corolla sounds like a guaranteed winner before the company has even started tooling up to start production.
Sanral CEO Nazir Alli. The agency approached the bond market last week for the first time since it launched the e-tolling system, and managed to raise R500m in an auction that was almost twice oversubscribed.
Western Cape Premier Helen Zille, whose persistent claim that Cape Town and the province she leads are better governed than the rest of the country have now been backed up by conclusive independent research.
Pick n Pay CEO Richard Brasher, whose experience at the UK’s Tesco seems to be paying off in the form of improved profits. But is he overreaching by opening so many new stores when consumers are under pressure?
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. If she believes spoiling your vote as a form of mild protest is “treacherous and irresponsible”, what about covering up corruption and the blatant misuse of public funds?
EFF leader Julius Malema. The party claimed to be so poor that it couldn’t pay the election deposit, but then did. And he is able to flit around the country campaigning in a helicopter? Pull the other one.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, for standing firm when SAA, Eskom and other such state enterprises come begging. If they need to be bailed out, it should be on terms that suit SA, not their managers.
National Assembly speaker Max Sisulu, for forming a committee to discuss the Nkandla report without succumbing to the inevitable pressure from his party to delay until after the election.
Woolworths CEO Ian Moir. Given South African firms’ troubled history in Australia, presenting a deal of this size to shareholders took courage. The sharp share price drop indicates he has his work cut out.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande for describing media coverage of the Nkandla scandal as “white people’s lies”. There’s a word for that, and it’s usually applied to the rantings of right-wing extremists.
SABMiller chairman Norman Adami, a South African business legend in his own pub lunchtime, is about to take a well -earned retirement. What can one do or say, other than hold up an SAB brew and bellow: “Charles!”
Cosatu Western Cape secretary and Cape Town ANC leader Tony Ehrenreich, whose stand against proposed employment equity regulations shows he at least knows on which side his electoral bread is buttered.
Popcru KwaZulu-Natal secretary Kwenza Nxele for trying to justify the intolerance of dissent shown by union members who attempted to prevent Cosatu rebels from meeting at the weekend.
So President Jacob “Houdini” Zuma has managed to wriggle out of yet another legal straitjacket. As sickening as his self-serving antics have become, you have to admire the sheer cunning involved.
Netcare CEO Richard Friedland will be mightily relieved that the UK competition authorities have taken a softer line, although there is no guarantee that this will set a precedent for their counterparts in SA.
Adcock Ingram CEO Jonathan Louw has become the third high-profile casualty of the protracted takeover battle in which the Bidvest Group acquired control. The new broom sweeps clean.
Icasa CEO Pakamile Pongwana can thank his lucky stars for a sympathetic judge, but that does not change the fact that the court found in its ruling on interconnection fees that the regulator had screwed up.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula, who may be presiding over a dog’s breakfast, but at least recognises that sending South African soldiers into the Central African Republic now would be a huge mistake.
DA leader Helen Zille may have to pay damages after the party accused Zuma of stealing public funds to pay for Nkandla. But if being sued means getting him into the witness box, it will be worth every cent.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani admits he has not read the “bulky thing” the public protector produced on Nkandla, but that has not stopped him leading the ANC's assault on this vital Chapter 9 institution.
Sactwu deputy general secretary Chris Gina, who is trying to strong-arm employers rather than trusting the courts to decide whether the bargaining council agreement extension system is constitutional.
If the SANDF is indeed in a “critical state of decline” due largely to neglect, as a strategic review of SA’s military preparedness states, the buck must surely stop with Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. If he thinks a court of law is going to accept that the interministerial task team report on Nkandla has the same weight as the public protector’s, he is living in a dream world.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi is all for abolishing cigarette brands in SA to deter new smokers from picking up the habit. But the rise in tobacco sales in Australia shows that the nanny approach does not work.
The stakes are getting higher by the day for platinum mines and workers alike as the Amcu strike drags on. Union president Joseph Mathunjwa had better hope the accusing fingers don’t end up pointed at him.
Gauteng MEC for roads Ismail Vadi, whose department gave a R122m tender to maintain various roads in the province to a company that has not been doing any of the work required.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela for her fearless and detailed investigation into how the security upgrades at President Jacob Zuma’s house spiralled out of control.
Remgro CEO Jannie Durand, who has warned that SA faces the prospect of becoming like Argentina if its leaders do not respect the rule of law and ensure the country is an attractive investment destination.
Russian President Vladimir Putin might have been victorious in Crimea with an overwhelming majority voting to join Russia but he has opened a can of worms with his support for self-determination.
Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Willard Katsande, who sank Orlando Pirates’ hopes when he headed home the winning and only goal in the Soweto derby over the weekend and was named man of the match.
Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane, who failed to make it onto the ANC’s list for the National Assembly and is only 11th for the Gauteng legislature. It seems unlikely she will return as premier.
Former agriculture minister Thokozile Didiza for her remarkable return from the political wilderness. Better associated with Thabo Mbeki, she is number 15 on the ANC’s electoral list.
Human Rights Commissioner Lawrence Mushwana for showing independence by publishing a report disputing the government’s claim that 91% of households have access to piped water.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. Yes, it is an election year, so ministers will try and spin problems, but to call the national blackouts a mere ankle kick to the economy goes a little too far.
Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi, who seems in denial over the seriousness of SA’s power shortage. The loss of a third of Eskom’s generation capacity and the prospect of more blackouts is a crisis, finished and klaar.
The World Wide Web turns 25 this week, which means it should be showing signs of maturity. Yet most of its users will celebrate by watching more online porn that ever — and sending each other cat pictures.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, who agrees that four years is too long to finalise a code of ethics for the executive. If he thinks so, why doesn’t he make sure the code is hurried along?
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa. It may be too little too late, but the moderation of the union’s demands from platinum producers is a step in the right direction. This damaging strike needs to end now.
Rustenburg mayor Mpho Khunou, who has failed to translate one of the fastest regional economic growth rates in SA into sustainable development of the city. That much is obvious at places such as Marikana.
First Rand CEO Sizwe Nxasana. The banking group reported a 21% rise in first-half earnings on the back of increased lending. A solid showing in a market in which there is very little demand for credit.
Telkom CEO Sipho Maseko, for his open letter published over the weekend, questioning MTN and Vodacom’s commitment to lowering cellphone rates. He has taken the lead in the public relations battle.
British director Steve McQueen, who became the first black director to receive an Academy Award for best picture with his movie 12 Years a Slave, about slavery in America.
South African Tourism CEO Thulani Nzima, who banned an international exhibitor from a local tourism show because he suspected that they might try to recruit local exhibitors.
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for not condemning Uganda’s antigay law. Her half-hearted statement shows that the government has strayed from the constitution’s ideals .
Gauteng Judge President Dunstan Mlambo who has ruled that live broadcasts of sections of the Oscar Pistorius murder trail may go ahead, allowing all South Africans a chance to watch the justice system at work.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, who, when asked about the National Security Agency’s spying scandal, responded: “Well, it’s not awesome.” Way to go, dude, that’s quite an understatement.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. His party’s economic policies bear little relation to economic reality and would most likely bankrupt the country. They are much like Mr Malema’s finances.
The Protea’s dangerous fast bowler, Dale Steyn, for ripping the heart out of the Australian batting line-up and in the process setting up a mouth-watering series decider in Cape Town.
Whatsapp CEO Jan Koum, who sold his messaging company to Facebook for $19bn, five years after he started it. That makes the company with its 55 employees more valuable than FirstRand.
ANC president Jacob Zuma. As the party’s leader he must take responsibility for his supporters who armed themselves with bricks and other weapons for the DA’s march in Johannesburg.
Woolworths CEO Ian Moir. Despite a supposed slowdown in consumer spending the company was still able to report a 17% rise in first-half profit as the well-heeled shopped up a storm at his shops.
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim, who refuses to back down in his support of suspended Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi, despite heavy pressure from the ANC and SACP to change his stance.
SARS acting commissioner Ivan Pillay, for pursuing both Julius Malema and Glenn Agliotti and sending out the message that no one is above the law when it comes to paying what is due to the state.
Barclays CEO Antony Jenkins, who has announced that the bank will cut 12,000 jobs while at the same time increasing bonuses. Perhaps to sweeten the pain of being retrenched.
President Jacob Zuma, who stood up his own party this weekend and decided rather to “relax” at his Nkandla home instead of helping the African National Congress’s election campaigning in Gauteng.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. His meddling in the running of South African Airways is one of the reasons the airline’s management can’t get the company back to profit.
Comair CEO Erik Venter for showing South African Airways how it should be done after reporting yesterday that profits for its most recent financial reporting period will double, and proving business does know best.
Suspended Telkom chief financial officer Jacques Schindehütte, who can presumably prove that the R6m loan he received from the company was approved by the CEO and human resources.
Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele, who has accepted the Democratic Alliance’s invitation to stand as its presidential candidate in this year’s general election. On her own she would have struggled to survive.
Apple CEO Tim Cook. The company reported total revenue of $57.6bn for the December quarter after it said it had sold 26-million iPads — also a quarterly record — and 4.8-million Macs.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro may have been handed a poisoned chalice by his late predecessor, Hugo Chávez, but price controls will just compound the country’s economic problems.
Economic Freedom Fighters leader Julius Malema. His policies on many issues are as suspect as his ethics, but you have to give it to him, so far his election campaign is top notch in terms of its public relations.
Curro CEO Chris van der Merwe. There seems to be no end to the growth from this private education group as it continues to cash in on parents fleeing the ailing state education system.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who has lashed out at planned strikes in the platinum industry, saying the country can ill afford yet another round of labour unrest in the platinum sector.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. The start of the 2014 school year appears to have gone off smoothly. Now she needs to tackle underperforming teachers and the lack of classrooms.
National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana, for dropping the fraud case against KwaZulu-Natal businesswoman Sbu Mpisane after prosecutors failed to produce a forensic report.
Telkom chief financial officer Jacques Schindehütte for approving a R6m loan to himself from Telkom without following the proper procedures. He should have known better, given that he has the keys to the till.
Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane for failing to have checked fake sign interpreter Thamsanqa Jantjie’s credentials and then saying the investigation will have to wait until after the funeral.
Suspended Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, who patiently waited in line with thousands of other South Africans to view the body of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings.
MTN Zakhele chairman Thulani Gcabashe for the three-week delay in getting the trading system for MTN’s black empowerment shares up and running. Such a delay is unacceptable.
Naspers CEO Koos Bekker. He becomes the only CEO in SA with his company’s share price above the R1,000 per share mark. There appears to be no end in sight to the share price’s gains.
Gautrain CEO Jack van der Merwe. Passenger numbers on the Gautrain have jumped 10% since the introduction of e-tolls, helping the train service become more financially viable.
Passenger Rail Agency of SA (Prasa) CEO Lucky Montana. If you’ve had to endure stalled trains because of failed signalling systems, you’ll be relieved to hear Prasa plans to spend R2,7bn upgrading them.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk for the successful launch of the firm’s Falcon 9 rocket carrying a commercial satellite, and in so doing fulfilling every child’s dream of being able to send a rocket to space.
Energy Minister Ben Martins for deciding to delay plans to build a costly nuclear power station and suggesting other cheaper electricity sources such as shale gas should be considered as alternatives.
Barclays Africa CEO Maria Ramos who is planning to spend about R1.2bn on refurbishing the bank’s branches in order to try and win back some of its customers that it has lost to rival Capitec.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, for bringing his country close to revolution after he decided not to join the European Union and rather keep the country aligned to its former Russian master.
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, for achieving a clean audit for the city’s finances. This should actually be the norm for every city and town in the country, as opposed to being the exception.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for finally waking up to the fact that the continued pursuit of Congress of South African Trade Unions boss Zwelinzima Vavi could lead to the break-up of the tripartite alliance.
Head of the Catholic Church Pope Francis. He was refreshingly frank and honest about some of the problems facing the church, though he did dodge some of the thornier issues, such as abortion.
Outgoing Transaction Capital CEO Mark Lamberti for his Midas touch. He was instrumental in Massmart’s success. A feat he has now repeated at Transaction Capital, growing it to a R4bn company.
Telkom chief financial officer Jacques Schindehütte. First he was suspended from Telkom, now it has emerged that while at Absa he sent confidential e-mails from the bank’s CEO to a third party.
US Secretary of State John Kerry, for negotiating a deal with Iran which will see the country halt its attempts to acquire weapons grade uranium in exchange for the selected lifting of sanctions.
Human Settlements Minister Connie September for using her power to get officials in KwaZulu-Natal scrambling to give her a response on what happened at the Tongaat mall collapse.
Bafana coach Gordon Igesund, whose shares with the South African public are at a record high as much for Tuesday’s surprise win over world champions Spain as for the passion with which he approaches the job.
Nampak CEO Andrew Marshall. Investors are clearly pleased about the group’s $301m acquisition of a beverage can manufacturer in Nigeria, pushing the share price up more than 3%.
National Empowerment Fund CEO Philisiwe Mthethwa, who has been cleared of allegations of wrongdoing following an independent forensic investigation by audit firm Deloitte.
Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar. After 24 years and 200 Tests, the “Little Master” has finally left the field. He is not only one of the game’s finest batsmen, he is also a true gentleman.
President Jacob Zuma. More than R30bn of taxpayers’ money is misspent by public servants, yet not a single person has been held accountable or has been prosecuted.
Amcu president Joseph Mathunjwa, for dropping the demand that mine workers be paid a minimum R12,500 a month, a demand which was unsustainable and has caused significant conflict in the industry.
Artist Jane Alexander. The sale of her sculpture, Untitled, for R5.5m at an auction on Monday has smashed the records for a South African sculpture. More than double the previous record of R2.2m.
Lonmin CEO Ben Magara for tackling the fractious relationship the platinum miner has had with its employees, and along the way managing to post its best output at its operations in six years.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, for not being intimidated by the government’s security cluster into handing over her report on Nkandla to them for censoring.
DA leader Helen Zille, for attempting to shift the blame for her party’s flip-flopping over the Employment Equity Amendment Bill onto her MPs in the economic development portfolio.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa for reintroducing a clause which will limit foreign ownership of security companies. Yet another blow to SA’s status as an investor-friendly destination.
President Jacob Zuma for doing his bit towards ending the 20-month rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo at a summit in Pretoria. An important step in bringing peace and stability to Central Africa.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for his attack on Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. An obvious attempt to undermine her legitimacy ahead of the release of her report on Nkandla.
Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu, who was quick to threaten to withdraw Anglo Platinum’s mining licence but remains deathly quiet on the Guptas mining without a licence.
African Bank CEO Leon Kirkinis for accepting responsibility for the bank’s misfortunes and offering to resign. An offer rejected by the board. If only more people followed his lead.
US Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius. She is shouldering the blame for the Python-esque bumbling incompetence that is the attempted roll-out of Obamacare’s online registration.
Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. The latest in a long list of gaffes are reports of taped conversations of her acknowledging the investigations against one of her senior officials. It may be time for a career change.
Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel, for being only the fourth man, and the youngest, to win four successive drivers’ championships and doing so in style with a win in India when fifth place would have done.
President Jacob Zuma. According to a study by Stellenbosch University, SA’s black middle class has grown from 350,000 in 1993 to almost 3-million last year and racial inequality has dramatically declined. Good work.
Black Business Council CEO Xolani Qubeka, for the entirely unhelpful blaming of cartels on “highly educated white male executives in dark suits”. Really? Men in black? His paranoia is starting to show.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani. The National Lotteries Amendment Bill could not be passed this week because of poor attendance by ANC MPs — the third time this has happened on his watch. Where is his whip
Judge Lebotsang Bosielo, for putting a flea in the ear of those who flout court requirements, such as the NPA and the justice minister, who filed affidavits late, which were duly ignored. The rules must apply to everyone.
South African Airways CEO Monwabisi Kalawe, for proactively attempting to build the national carrier’s capacity and moving it aggressively into the rest of Africa as well as establishing a travel hub in West Africa.
Outgoing Auditor-General Terence Nombembe, for bemoaning SA’s high levels of tolerance for his audit disclaimers issued against municipalities and some government departments. He will be missed.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames, for signing an agreement to fund a 100MW solar plant in the Northern Cape, worth R1.3bn. This should keep the greens happy and proves Eskom’s commitment to cleaner power in SA.
Security and constitutional development committee’s Free State delegate Dennis Bloem, for spear-heading a charge by the provinces to get the Traditional Courts Bill kicked back after it turned up, unasked, in Parliament again.
Bench Mark head Bishop Jo Seoka. Calling for the suspension of Lonmin’s licence is a mindless reaction; it can only fulfil its environmental and socioeconomic remit by staying in business and employing people.
Advocate Dali Mpofu. His application for the state, via Legal Aid, to pay the legal bills for Marikana survivors, whom he represents, has been approved by the high court. He, and the court, are serving the survivors well.
Businessman Roger Jardine, for his candid summation of SA’s public and private sector collusion and corruption becoming part of the fabric of society and being the biggest post-apartheid business scandal.
Former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, for daring to say this: “We are a government, and placing the blame on the past, apartheid, race, and other external factors does not wash anymore.” Brave words indeed.
ANC Women’s League president Angie Motshekga. Saying it is a “futile battle” to push for a female president or deputy president due to “traditions” is defeatist — and we have already had a female deputy president.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. It seems she, too, has had enough with Sadtu, saying she will“utilise her discretion” and introduce competency tests for markers, whether Sadtu likes it or not. About time.
President Jacob Zuma, for saying, with a straight face: “God has made a connection between the government and the church” and that’s why people “should pray for it”. Number One is sounding a bit like Robert Mugabe.
Woolworths chairman Simon Susman. He may be stating the obvious by saying SA needs a fresh economic philosophy, but we need a lot more businesspeople to create the space in which to be critical.
President Jacob Zuma, for being lambasted by the IMF, which notes that global conditions alone cannot be blamed for SA’s poor growth, as Zuma has said, but on domestic factors, such as strikes and poor policies, too.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi, for saying the DA is “obsessed with Jacob Zuma” in wanting the Nkandla report made public. Zuma is the president; the DA is the official opposition: obsession is a requirement.
Former Glencore Xstrata head Mick Davis, for talking to investors about building a new mid-tier mining company at a time when the beleaguered sector badly needs some new blood and some new enthusiasm.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, for noting, in the wake of the Kenya mall attack, that SA needs tighter immigration laws and processes and stronger security features on our ID documents. Better late than never.
Vodacom CEO Shameel Joosub, for sticking it to Telkom by entering into talks about a takeover of Indian-owned Neotel, reported to be worth R5bn. You snooze you lose, and Telkom has been caught napping.
Telkom’s new group CEO, Sipho Maseko, for telling unions the company is in trouble and turning it around will require effort from everyone. Few CEOs are this commendably honest with their staff and its unions.
Rural Development and Land Reform Minister Gugile Nkwinti, for intervening in SA’s sugar industry to stop its financial haemorrhaging and potential job losses due to sugar imports reaching unacceptable levels.
US Securities Exchange Commission chairwoman Mary Jo White. A Gold Field’s empowerment deal has been flagged as corrupt by the US; many have said BEE transactions institutionalise corruption, so expect more.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. It took hearing of babies born by cellphone light and beds shared with bleeding patients to create a task team to look at Eastern Cape hospitals; he should have been on this years ago.
SABC acting chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, for the world’s worst audit: no supporting documents for R1.5bn spent; no evidence of TV licence fees collected; R106m of irregular expenditure, etc, etc.
ANC Youth League national task team convener Mzwandile Masina, for apologising to everyone it has wronged or insulted. Note the apology is retroactive; no apology for future wrongs or insults has been made.
Solidarity general secretary Gideon du Plessis, for accepting the offered wage increase, noting it did so “given the conditions … and in the hope the agreement will promote the sustainability of the (gold) industry”.
Swaziland’s King Mswati. A report says his country is on an unsustainable economic trajectory, has controversial expenditure on the monarchy, and a huge public-sector wage bill — it’s time to rein in his reign.
Springbok rugby coach Heyneke Meyer, for helping the Boks to thrash Australia in their own backyard with their record 38-12 win in Brisbane, their first win there since 1971. Basically, they caught the Wallabies bludging.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga. According to a report, our township and rural schoolchildren lag as much as two years behind those in the suburbs. See above to understand the effect of this on the country.
President Jacob Zuma. Moves to clip the wings of Trevor Manuel’s National Planning Commission, which already has no executive powers, is just more muzzling of any possibility of dissent against his ruling party.
Financial Services Board head Dube Tshidi , for showing up the JSE and Strate by opposing a narrow reading of new privacy laws, which would have dramatically reduced the transparency and efficiency of markets.
Social Security Minister Bathabile Dlamini, for launching Project Mikondzo, a new social security project which will extend the reach of the department’s services to 1,300 of the poorest wards in the country.
SACP deputy secretary-general and poet Jeremy Cronin, for citing Sasol’s US operations as “emblematic” of disinvestment, ignoring that 66% of Sasol’s operations are in SA and they are our largest corporate taxpayer.
The Salvation Army, for noting, “If Jesus Christ were on earth today he would be standing beside us at Sexpo”; the army is attending the sex-related expo to promote a “Christian understanding of sexuality”. And to browse.
Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke, for blocking competency tests for matric exam markers, now postponed for a full year, despite being recommended to Parliament. Just what are they afraid of?
President Jacob Zuma. SA’s navy has effectively been grounded with the Seriti Commission being told it cannot staff each warship or submarine with qualified personnel at all times. The buck has to stop with him.
Liberian Education Minister Etmonia David-Tarpeh. Not one of the country’s students passed the university entrance exam, due largely to poor English skills. And again, our Angie doesn’t look too bad.
North West Premier Thandi Modise. Handing over farm land worth R60m to the Barolong Boo Mariba Traditional Council is good news, but who exactly now owns the land, and will keep it productive, is unclear.
Kudos to Agang SA leader Mamphela Ramphele for raising the bar when it comes to personal financial transparency — and especially for managing to amass a R55m fortune without even being in the government.
Outgoing Accelerate Cape Town chairman Jock McKenzie, for reminding the government that it needs to take constructive criticism from business more seriously. Better late than never, we suppose.
Communications Minister Yunus Carrim for openly admitting that the department he took over from the disgraced Dina Pule is filled with senior managers “settling scores” and is “weak and divided”.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Putting on a brave face is all very well, but welcoming the collapse of the rand as a boon for the industrial sector smacks of desperation. Is this what we’ve been reduced to?
Public Investment Corporation CEO Elias Masilela. Rather than just whinge about executive pay being excessive in SA, his organisation is actually using its shareholder power to demand a link to performance.
Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini. Timothy Nast’s move to Gauteng’s planning commission is the “most ... backward decision … in the history of (the) Gauteng government”. We’re sure there have been worse.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. When needing a surgical procedure, he put his body where his budget is and went to a public hospital, the Steve Biko Academic Hospital. Wait until he tries Baragwanath though… .
Nigerian Education Minister Ruqayyatu Rufa’i. At a training centre gathering, a primary school teacher could not read her own sworn affidavit, tendered as part of her credentials. This makes even our Angie look good.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. The Adcorp Employment Index reports the economy shed 37,288 jobs in July, the worst monthly performance since 2009, largely blamed on red tape and aggressive labour regulations.
Public Protector Thuli Madonsela, for nipping Sekunjalo’s bid for the fishing patrol tender in the bud by asking that it be dropped from tendering as it’s still under investigation for discrepancies two years ago.
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani. Surely reassigning the disgraced Dina Pule to Parliament’s transport committee — after she misused public funds for private overseas trips — is putting her in temptation’s way?
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, for wanting to eliminate smoking in SA altogether, with “no apology”. His focus on alcohol and smoking, at the expense of other issues, is turning into an unhealthy obsession.
Joburg mayor Parks Tau. Delivering a R6,000 bill and threatening letter to Nelson Mandela’s house proves that the municipality still hasn’t got the billing crisis sorted out — they can’t even get an address right!
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Days after news of his re-election, his country’s stocks plummet 11% as the reality of another four years of his power sinks in. Perhaps Jacob Zuma will congratulate him for this too.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. As he has apologised to Cosatu for his sexual indiscretions, and the charge of rape has been withdrawn, he should be allowed to continue at his job without any more to-do.
Reserve Bank governor Gill Marcus, for her continued criticism of the government’s lack of leadership and failed economic and labour policies — and unlike some detractors, she has the stats to prove it.
Wits University vice-chancellor Adam Habib, for moving so quickly to fire two staff members who were found guilty, by an internal disciplinary committee, of sexual harassment and sexual assault.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. “If you join a competition with … only winning or losing, you can’t be both. If you lose you must surrender to those who have won.” What a fine grasp of the electoral process!
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. The 1,448 cops who committed criminal offences still have jobs and now he wants a review so they can give their side of the story. Other criminals only get to do that in court.
Zwelinzima Vavi’s unidentified accuser. First it was rape, then sexual harassment, now it’s all withdrawn. With such high levels of sexual violence in SA, she is undermining the work being done to curb it.
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani. His blunt and frank talk of the company’s failings — which no CEO has ever done — is, followers of the company say, a breath of fresh air, rousing audiences to applause. Keep it up.
Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. The air force’s 30 Agusta helicopters and 26 Gripen fighter jets are idle in storage, or being used for parts! How did she get — and get to keep — this job?
Malawian President Joyce Banda. A man was arrested for referring to her as stupid and a failure. The judge noted ‘young people should not take advantage of freedoms … to disrespect authority’. What freedoms?
Nafcoc president Joe Hlongwane, for expelling the former president and other executives for failing, among other shortcomings and irregularities, to produce properly audited financial statements since 2009.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for coming to the defence of international adviser, Lindiwe Zulu, after criticism from her own president and Zimbabwe’s. Somebody had to do it, we’re just surprised it’s him.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe for having such a promising week the Third Umpire is moved to give him a third green light. We knew somebody would warrant this one day, we’re just surprised it’s him.
Rhodes University law clinic director Susan Smailes. The clinic paid the legal fees for the 16 applicants to move Mandela family remains, as some of them were deemed indigent. A little research next time.... .
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, for seemingly not doing enough due diligence in terms of fallout, or thinking about who he would be likely to offend in cancelling those EU agreements. He knows now….
Communications Minister Yunus Carrim. Just more than a week on the job and he has tabled two pressing amendment bills in the National Assembly and said the SABC will enjoy editorial freedom. It bodes well.
Public Service and Administration Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, for tabling a draft bill to prevent state employees from holding more than a 5% interest in entities that do business with the government.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who is hitting the campaign trail and has already addressed four rallies in his country — campaigning as if the outcome of the election is not a given. What a card he is!
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi. The federation is calling the National Development Plan "“neoliberal” — like that’s a bad thing! They need to get a dictionary and get with the neoliberal programme.
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, for effectively showing Oupa Magashula the door and confirming that the South African Revenue Service remains one of the critical pillars of the country’s fiscal order.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Taking a year to pay the catering company that organised the Free State’s centenary celebrations has seen the caterer liquidated. Way to help small-business creation!
NUM general secretary Frans Baleni, for trying to stop Amcu having what the NUM has long enjoyed. Now the union is no longer the biggest, it’s fighting to stop Amcu enjoying what being “biggest” got the NUM.
DA Eastern Cape leader Athol Trollip, for his gushing about meeting Thembu King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo, saying his move to the DA is to be seen as a “beautiful endorsement” of democracy. Pass the bucket.
SABC chairman Ben Ngubane. The SABC is right to refuse to hand footage of a shooting outside a Durban court over to the National Prosecuting Authority, noting it is not its job to provide footage to the courts.
Zambia Information and Communications Technology Authority director-general Margaret Chalwe-Mudenda, for suing three of the country’s cellphone service providers for alleged poor service delivery to customers.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba. The completion of the much-touted Medupi power station has been delayed for at least six months. So much for his warnings about late delivery not being tolerated.
Statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Stats SA figures showing the construction sector has the lowest margins of any major industry give the lie to claims that collusive activity has allowed it to record super profits.
Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, who alleges in the latest edition of his biography that the ANC and SACP have “sold our people down the river”, but remains convinced that the solution is more socialism.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula is doing everything in his limited powers to restore order in domestic athletics. Sadly, some in Athletics SA seem hell-bent on squabbling even as the bus goes off the edge of a cliff.
President Jacob Zuma. The National Prosecuting Authority has been leaderless for nine months and in turmoil for six years. Unless he appoints a head soon, one has to assume he’s deliberately keeping it toothless.
Public Works Minister Thulas Nxesi. He said it was State Security Minister Siyabonga Cwele who classified the Nkandla report. Cwele says only Nxesi can do that. Let Nxesi’s buck-passing begin.
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, for declaring 2013 the “Year of Mandela” in that city. It smacks of opportunism and insensitivity — why not an earlier year, when he was well enough to enjoy the honour?
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, for manfully ignoring an obnoxious investor at her first shareholder meeting, who said, “I’m Greek, I’m a dirty old man and you look attractive.” All women and Greeks should be offended.
Wimbledon CEO Richard Lewis, for his double standards: Roger Federer’s orange-soled shoes were banned as they violate the all-white dress code — but two female players both sported bright orange undies.
NUM general secretary Frans Baleni. If it had done its job better it wouldn’t want the Labour Court to reverse a decision about Amcu. Mind you, with Amcu’s insane wage demands, Lonmin might hope the NUM wins.
Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi. Despite being sentenced to seven years for paying for sex with a minor, it might takes years of appeals before he actually sees the inside of a jail. How unappealing he is.
President Jacob Zuma, for the jaw-dropping comment that Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga does her job “very well”. Does she have something on him or does he just hate kids and education, if not in that order?
ANC chief whip Stone Sizani, for his tortured logic in claiming the DA can’t relate to the “exploitative conditions facing workers” because DA members walked out when the ANC couldn’t form a quorum to discuss a bill.
Prasa CEO Lucky Montana for creatively using his Premier Classe long-haul railway in a special offer down to the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown — and turning the train into a hotel while there.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga for her verbal attack of the NGO Equal Education, calling it “a group of white adults organising black children with half-truths” — which is racist as well as inaccurate.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, for being so monumentally incompetent at her job that a grade 11 Eastern Cape pupil is, in desperation, taking her to court over the conditions at her school. For shame.
Iranian president-elect Hassan Rohani. He is already saying the right things about making his country’s nuclear programme more transparent and wanting to improve relations with neighbours and the wider world.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Saying he “never comments on security” issues in response to reports that the UK spied on our officials in 2009 is as opaque and unhelpful as anything offered by our own government.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames. Signing an agreement with contractors and unions at two new power stations to “ensure consistent and acceptable treatment” of workers is a good start. Let’s hope it ends well too.
Acting national director of public prosecutions Nomgcobo Jiba. She wants Glynnis Breytenbach dismissed and has filed papers to that effect, despite the disciplinary hearing ’s ruling. You lost. Move on.
Eskom CEO Brian Dames. Signing an agreement with contractors and unions at two new power stations to “ensure consistent and acceptable treatment” of workers is a good start. Let’s hope it ends well too.
Philanthropic businessman Mark Shuttleworth for taking the government to court about its foreign exchange laws being unconstitutional as well as draconian. As with everything else he does, he’ll probably succeed.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe for an antigraft initiative which has seen 42 people, mostly public servants, named and shamed and an alarming 193 convictions in the justice, crime prevention and security sectors.
ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa for whining about SA’s whining and saying workers are blamed without businesses acknowledging their roles in labour disputes. How quickly he forgets he once walked among them.
Myanmar President Thein Sein. He is to release all prisoners of conscience as part of wide political reforms. His detractors say it is window-dressing for foreign eyes, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Despite an April 1 target set last year, there is no sign whatsoever of the South African Health Products Regulatory Agency, which is slowing the approval of drugs and trials in SA.
South African author Lauren Beukes. Her latest novel, The Shining Girls, has already captured much positive international attention and is to be adapted for TV by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company.
Cape entrepreneur Sizwe Nzima , for making the Forbes Magazine’s 30 Under 30: Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs list for his company, Iyeza Express, which delivers chronic medication via bicycle in Khayelitsha.
Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk, for continued good results — pretty much the only good results in any sector — with arrivals growing year on year by 5.6% and tourists spending R76.4bn last year.
US actor and activist Danny Glover, for saying he strongly believes in the work South African trade unions are doing to advance workers’ rights. Oh good. As long as they have his approval, things must be going okay.
Bond recalculator Emerald van Zyl. His claim that FNB is a racist bank, into which he dragged the Human Rights Commission, has been declared “totally unfounded”, with FNB entitled to punitive costs.
Finance and Fiscal Commission acting chairman Bongani Khumalo, for urging the government to moderate expenditure on public sector salaries — of which, compared to international norms, there are too many.
Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang. One of his country’s bloggers has been arrested for posting criticism of the communist government, accused of “abusing democratic freedoms”. What democratic freedoms?
National Union of Mineworkers general secretary Frans Baleni. He is now back-pedalling, after his ludicrous pay increase demands last week, to prevent a crisis in investor sentiment. Let’s hope it’s not too little too late.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe. Castigating and calling “sinister” all opposition parties for not reading the 30-page Guptagate report — at the same time as it was released on the internet — is hardly sporting.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe . Suspended chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane says the transport minister was given instructions “by the president to assist the Gupta family” — so which is it, Mr Radebe?
Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Experts say her amendment to the Marine Living Resources Act is riddled with omissions, inconsistencies and the like. Same as usual then.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. Saying “Zuma’s relationship with the Guptas is none of the ANC’s business” is disingenuous. It speaks to the party’s credibility, and is certainly taxpayers’ business.
Seat 1 of L’Académie Francaise Claude Dagens. Outraged at a proposed increase of English-language courses at French universities, the academy is, with others, taking it to parliament. Quelle surprise, etc.
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, for his tortured logic at a launch event in Kimberley at the weekend that saw him ultimately and speciously manage to blame big business for xenophobic attacks.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, for promising a redrafting of the Licensing of Businesses Bill after a uniformly negative response to the first draft — but doing away with it altogether would be better still.
US President Barack Obama, forfiring a senior Internal Revenue Service official on finding the man’s Cincinnati office was targeting Tea Party organisations and other conservative groups for special scrutiny.
Public Enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba, for wanting to establish a mine development fund to finance the early development of coal mines and assist emerging black coal miners Also, it will make Greenpeace mad as hell.
President Jacob Zuma made good use of the World Economic Forum meeting in Cape Town to improve relations with Nigeria and Kenya, two essential partners in SA’s efforts to keep Africa’s development on track.
Actress Angelina Jolie, whose decision to tell the world about her preventative double mastectomy could save countless lives if other women at high risk of breast cancer are encouraged to follow suit.
President Jacob Zuma. The Special Investigating Unit has halted its inquiry into the president’s Nkandla upgrade as it needs an official proclamation to continue, and only the president can issue it. See the beauty?
Nigerian billionaire businessman Aliko Dangote. Contrary to the popular perception, there is an awful lot SA can learn from Africa’s most populous nation — including how not to go about implementing BEE.
SA’s Fifth Lady, Thobeka Zuma , who is demanding compensation from SA Airlink over the alleged theft of jewellery worth R500,000 from her unlocked bag during a flight. Welcome to our world.
Statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Stating the obvious is not his job, but if nobody else in the government is prepared to acknowledge the link between the unemployment and education crises, good for him.
Transport Minister Ben Martins, for, along with Acsa, declining the Guptas’ request for special privileges at OR Tambo, including wanting part of the airport shut down and their guests to bypass baggage handling.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Asian Development Bank delegates going to New Delhi have been warned not to bare their legs or wear short skirts due to sexual harassment. Control your male populace!
Chief of state protocol Bruce Koloane. He has been suspended amid a probe into how the Gupta family chartered a jet and was inexplicably allowed to land at Air Force Base Waterkloof. Heads must roll.
Former PetroSA chairman Benny Mokaba. His resignation amid controversial negotiations with Engen is to be welcomed — but if it is linked to questionable payments of R1bn, he can’t just walk away without repercussions.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe. Zanu (PF) boycotted a meeting with President Jacob Zuma’s facilitation team, which is seen as evidence that the party does not want to implement electoral reforms.
Justice Minister Jeff Radebe, for finally implementing the Protection from Harassment Act. Good news for potential victims, but did it really have to take two years after being signed into law?
UK businessman Jim McCormick, for being guilty of selling fake bomb detectors to Iraq and other war zones. He made £55m but it may have led to many deaths, for which he may get a paltry 10 years in prison.
President Jacob Zuma. With two trade unions, and thousands of schoolchildren and their parents tired of the poor level of education, why is he still ignoring calls for Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga’s removal?
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa. Its reputation already poor, now comes news that the SAPS is not reporting allegations of its own criminal acts to the Independent Police Investigative Directorate, as required by law.
President Jacob Zuma, for distancing himself even further from Thabo Mbeki’s dismal AIDS policies in giving national orders to three prominent medical scientists who challenged Mbeki’s thinking at the time.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. His draft Licensing of Businesses Bill will make doing business even more difficult than it already is, adding layers of pointless bureaucracy and metres of red tape.
Anglo American CEO Mark Cutifani, for staying committed to SA in spite of growing calls to disinvest amid poor performance, noting that the company remains “important to SA’s longer-term development prospects”.
South Gauteng High Court judge Zeenat Carelse, for ruling that grandparents who raise their grandchildren should qualify for a foster care grant. A sensible acknowledgement of SA’s social and familial reality.
The British television commentator who mistook IFP leader Mangosuthu Buthelezi for the “dapper-looking” singer Ray Charles at Margaret Thatcher’s funeral. Perhaps all dead music icons look the same to the British.
Mining magnate Mick Davis. He has taken Xstrata from a $500m business to a $50bn one, and fully deserves his payout — and we expect he might be spending more time in SA, which might be good for us too.
Distell group MD Jan Scannell, for the purchase of Burn Stewart Distillers, which comes with three single malt distilleries. It’s good to see our alcohol-based businesses putting their money where their palates are.
Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa, for confiscating 45 cellphones from officers who took photos of Oscar Pistorius after his arrest to sell to the media. However, his force should know this is outrageous to begin with.
Prasa CEO Lucky Montana, for having his contract renewed until 2016, ensuring he will oversee the completion of the testing and commissioning of SA’s new commuter rail system, which he largely instigated.
Zimbabwe Reserve Bank governor Gideon Gono, for being the voice of reason and calm — never easy when Robert Mugabe is watching you — amid that country’s attempts to seize majority stakes in foreign banks.
Political analyst Liepollo Pheko, for laying charges “as a matter of principle” against former AWB leader Andre Visagie for the “don’t touch me on my studio” debacle. Why did it take three years for her principles to kick in?
Convicted murderer Clive Derby-Lewis. Wanting to meet Chris Hani’s widow to apologise is too little too late and he can only presume to do so because the death penalty was abolished in time to save him.
Sadtu general secretary Mugwena Maluleke, for saying teachers will “only be reporting to schools to teach. They will not perform extra duties”. Is this a threat or a promise to actually do the job they’re paid for?
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, for dishing up more of his incomprehensible drivel, this time saying the mining sector sees mine workers as a vehicle to hijack and steal the revolution. Say what?
ANC chief whip Mathole Motshegka, for warning ill-disciplined MPs that failing to attend committee meetings or sittings of the National Assembly will see them removed from the electoral list. Quite right too.
President Jacob Zuma. His belief that “the problem with SA is that everyone wants to govern” is entirely of his own doing. He makes it look so damn easy and even more rewarding — who wouldn’t want the job?
Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille, for the city sensibly vetoing the move to ban liquor sales on Sunday, as it would have dire consequences for businesses. Let’s hope Gauteng authorities will come to the party on this too.