Evraz chairman Alexander Abramov. Granted, these are not easy times for steel producers anywhere in the world, but Evraz Highveld has also come unstuck due to lack of investment in technology, plant and equipment.
National Credit Regulator CEO Nomsa Motshegare, for seeking a court order preventing credit providers from disposing of repossessed assets at well below their market price. This practice had scam written all over it.
National Director of Public Prosecutions Mxolisi Nxasana. Six months ago there was a “strong case” against the head of the NPA’s commercial crimes unit, Lawrence Mrwebi, now the charges have been withdrawn. What gives?
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, whose initiative to establish a comprehensive electronic health information system is welcome, regardless of whether it is needed for the proposed National Health Insurance system.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. The country’s decision to repatriate thousands of Somali refugees in the wake of the horrific Garissa University massacre is a gross overreaction. They are not to blame.
SA Maritime Safety Authority CEO Tsietsi Mokhele. The proposed spillage insurance levy will add to oil importers’ costs and squeeze margins, but the creation of a reliable environmental safety net in SA is long overdue.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene, for refusing to heed warnings that the carbon tax due to be introduced next year will put yet another brake on the economy. This was not supposed to be a revenue-raising exercise.
Village Main Reef shareholder Anthony Tannous, whose spurned bid to buy the company’s Tau Lekoa mine, along with other group assets, will remain a long shot even if the sale process is found to be unfair.
Two Oceans 2015 winner Stephen Mokoka, who led a trio of track athletes to victory in the half-marathon in Cape Town at the Easter weekend. Can he do it again over 5,000m at the SA champs in Stellenbosch next week?
US President Barack Obama, for resisting conservative Republican efforts to scupper the preliminary nuclear deal that has been reached with Iran. Jaw-jaw is always better than war-war, especially when nukes are involved.
Aurora backer Solly Bhana, who, with son Fazel, stands accused of being the mastermind behind the stripping of the Grootvlei and Orkney mines’ assets in 2009, leaving their employees without pay for months.
Mineral Resources Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi. Referring the “once empowered, always empowered” BEE principle to the courts is a shrewd means of avoiding the political fallout from an unpopular but necessary approach.
Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi, who jumped just before being pushed at Monday’s board meeting. Not that there’s much of a board left. The best part is, the last man or woman standing won’t even have to turn off the lights.
Bonatla CEO Niki Vontas, who has been fined R500,000 by the JSE, of which half has been suspended for two years, for providing misleading information to the public in a bid to lift a suspension placed on the company in 2004.
National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, who maintains that broadcasting disruptions in Parliament on television will only encourage misbehaviour. What’s next, a ban on reporting corruption in case that too is encouraged?
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Telecommunications and Postal Services Minister Siyabonga Cwele. With SA slipping on the World Economic Forum’s IT rankings and the SA Post Office barely functional, he is clearly failing to do his job.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, whose call for refugee camps to be established to deal with the influx of illegal immigrants into SA risks stigmatising foreigners further and worsening xenophobic violence.
EFF KwaZulu-Natal chairman Vukani Ndlovu. He and his party have blood on their hands following the death of a woman who was struck by a car while trying to evade police after invading land at the EFF’s instigation.
US President Barack Obama might be a lame duck when it comes to domestic politics but not in foreign affairs. His meeting with Cuban President Raul Castro represents progress in reversing the damage of the Cold War.
SARS commissioner Tom Moyane, who is learning the hard way — a spate of resignations of senior officials he can ill afford to lose — that once the genie is out of the bottle it is nigh on impossible to get it back in.
UCT’s much-maligned statue of Cecil John Rhodes (may it Rest In Pieces), which finally fell on Thursday. And everyone concerned immediately felt a lot better. Or not. But let’s face it, this was never really about statues, was it?
General Motors (GM) SA operations vice-president Ian Nicholls, who has been appointed president and MD of all GM operations in sub-Saharan Africa. Now that’s one form of import substitution we can live with.
Former South African Elon Musk, one of our most regrettable exports, whose Tesla electric sports car is selling, if not quite like hotcakes, then at least better than many had feared given the collapse in the oil price.
EFF Western Cape leader Bernard Joseph, for leading a populist land invasion in Cape Town at the weekend that could lead to criminal charges and place his membership of the provincial parliament in jeopardy.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene will be heaving a sigh of relief after getting rare good news. The R7.4bn that has been collected by SARS over and above the forecast figure will help keep the budget deficit under control.
Former NPA deputy national director Willie Hofmeyr, whose attempt at a detailed justification for the decision to drop corruption charges against President Jacob Zuma still does not hold water. How arrogant can you get?
The people of Nigeria, for having the gumption to rid themselves of an ineffective president. The onus is now on Muhammadu Buhari to prove himself worthy of the weighty responsibility that has been conferred on him.
Home-grown comedian Trevor Noah, whose brand of South African humour appears to have tickled enough funny bones in the US for him to be appointed Jon Stewart’s successor on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show.
Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, for opting not to duck and dive in revealing the extent of the fraud that has beset the social grant system, as well as how difficult it is proving to recover the money.