Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant, who has egg all over her face after a court ruled she failed to apply her mind fairly when opting to remove registrar Johan Crouse from his position. Political expedience at its worst.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha, whose decision to delay Oscar Pistorius’s release has been upheld by the parole review board on the basis that he had not served a sixth of his sentence when parole was considered.
US President Barack Obama. Calling it “collateral damage” won’t change the fact that a US jet fighter attack caused the horrific deaths of 19 people in a field hospital operated by Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. Another state-owned entity, the Nuclear Energy Corporation of SA, falls into disarray on her watch. She has the reverse Midas touch, as has been apparent for a while now.
Suspended PetroSA CEO Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo. After reporting an astounding R14.5bn loss, she says “radical and urgent interventions are required to ensure (the) survival of PetroSA”. Who says it should survive?
Home-grown comedian Trevor Noah, for what was by all accounts a solid premiere as host of US late night television chat show The Daily Show — and for doing his bit to make the once reviled Saffa accent sexy to foreigners.
NUM general secretary David Sipunzi, who is surely not so naïve as to believe the mining pact was equivalent to a moratorium on retrenchments. All parties must stick to the actual terms if job losses are to be minimised.
Glencore CEO Ivan Glasenberg. As the holder of an 8.4% stake in the company, Monday’s 29% share crash, which wiped about £3.5bn off its London market value in the blink of an eye, will have hurt him big time.
Kalagadi Manganese chairwoman Daphne Mashile-Nkosi, who was named Most Successful Woman in Business at African Business magazine’s 2015 African Business Awards, which were held in New York last week.
VW group CEO Martin Winterkorn, who was running the brand during the period in which some of its models were apparently deliberately violating US clean-air rules by rigging emissions tests. He probably won’t survive this.
British Prime Minister David Cameron’s office has denied he did unspeakable things to a dead pig’s head as a student, but withheld comment on an allegation that he smoked pot. A student in the ’80s? Smoking grass? Surely not!
Hiccup on the path to glory or the bitter taste of things to come? Springbok coach Heyneke Meyer can apologise until he is green in the face, but the only thing that will satisfy fans now is convincing World Cup victories.
Black Business Council deputy president Sandile Zungu. Affirmative procurement is all very well, but lobbying for an ever greater advantage for black business crosses the line between “fighting chance” and entitlement.
Gauteng ANC chairman Paul Mashatile. The party’s 10-point plan to transform, modernise and reindustrialise the region sounds great, although implementation is an issue, and it may prove too little, too late politically.
Naspers chairman Koos Bekker. Phuthuma Nathi, subsidiary MultiChoice’s BEE scheme, has delivered a return of 20 times the initial investment over nine years. Not bad for a group that was spawned under apartheid.
Energy Minister Tina Joemat- Pettersson. It is about time the government came clean on its nuclear intentions. Does it, or does it not, intend to procure 9.6GW of nuclear generation capacity? If so, based on what research?
Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who is on his way out after being defeated in a surprise party leadership ballot. With an election due soon his successor, Malcolm Turnbull, is in a race with time to fix the economy.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, who has insisted his country will continue to provide arms to the Syrian regime despite overwhelming evidence that they are being used to oppress innocent civilians.
Wits paleoanthropologist Prof Lee Berger, whose announcement of a new hominid species discovered at Sterkfontein indicates that he is doing a sterling job filling the shoes of his late mentor, Prof Phillip Tobias.
Queen Elizabeth II, who after an innings of more than 63 years has become Britain’s longest reigning monarch. It helps, of course, that it is no longer fashionable to remove people’s heads when they step out of line.
World Platinum Investment Council CEO Paul Wilson. Our Reserve Bank may have been a bit dismissive of suggestions that platinum should be adopted as a reserve asset, but you can’t fault the council for trying.
Redefine International CEO Mike Watters, for the diversified property fund’s acquisition of a R10bn property portfolio in the UK, which, as he says, is a deal with the potential to transform the fund.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel, for showing real leadership and successfully changing the narrative of the European refugee crisis by announcing plans to take in — and embrace — hundreds of thousands of refugees.
Former Cosatu boss Zwelinzima Vavi. He lobbied feverishly for labour brokers to be banned and, even though they were merely restricted, the chickens are now coming home to roost in the form of job losses.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko. His heartless and obfuscatory handling in Parliament this week of the Marikana Commission of Inquiry’s findings gives the lie to the government’s claim that it takes the report seriously.
North Gauteng High Court Judge Ntendeya Mavundla. While the Springbok rugby case he was hearing was ill thought out, Mavundla’s remarks about the slow pace of transformation in SA are worth paying attention to.
Commonwealth Games 2022 host Durban. It may be that it was the only bidder and that these events can be financially catastrophic, but who would deny the self-styled “warmest place to be” its place in the sporting sun?
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Former finance minister Trevor Manuel, whose call for a “Chinese-style” crackdown on corruption in SA is right on the money, even if the chances of the country’s current leadership following his advice are slim to none.
DA leader Mmusi Maimane, who first insisted — rightly — that Dianne Kohler Barnard’s faux pas was an issue for the party’s federal legal commission, then removed her from her post. So which is it? Let’s have some leadership.
England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster. The host team’s early exit from the World Cup is expected to cost British broadcasters and publicans billions in lost revenue as local fans turn their backs on the sporting code.
National police commissioner Riah Phiyega. Announcing the promotion of 14,000 police officers the day after official crime stats showed an increase in violent crime sends the wrong message to them and us.
Former Fifa vice-president Jack Warner, who has been banned for life from any involvement in football. Not that he is going to have much time for anything other than defending himself on corruption charges anyway.
Nazir Alli, who is set to retire at a low point after 17 years at the helm, with the Gauteng e-toll boycott still going strong and now a court ruling setting aside his decision to toll highways in the Western Cape.
Co-operative Governance Minister Pravin Gordhan, for putting party politics aside to work with his Western Cape counterpart to restore order in Oudtshoorn, which has been crippled by a two-year political power struggle.
NPA head Shaun Abrahams, who is still “studying” the Farlam commission’s Marikana report three months after it was released and has yet to set up a team to investigate the police’s role, as it recommended.
University of Fort Hare registrar Mike Somniso, who was caught on tape plotting to unleash MK veterans on campus to disrupt the DA Student Organisation, which won SRC elections in March.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. The internal overhaul that is being implemented ahead of the party’s national general council at last focuses on the right things: economy, corruption and implementation.
Naspers nonexecutive chairman Koos Bekker, for selling most of his stake in the company after retiring as CEO. The new management deserve the space to implement their own vision, and he has a right to cash out.
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, whose Syriza party defied pre-election polls to emerge a clear winner at the weekend, despite having agreed to stringent austerity measures the electorate rejected just months ago.
Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe, whose new energy company, headed by former Eskom CEO Brian Dames, holds the promise of benefiting SA from both the renewable energy and BEE perspectives.
European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, whose failure to get EU interior ministers to agree to share the burden of the refugee influx is indicative of the severe flaws in the union’s governance system.
Hawks head Berning Ntlemeza, whose first move after his controversial appointment was to suspend KwaZulu-Natal Hawks head Johan Booysen on the basis of allegations that have already been dismissed by Ipid.
Comair CEO Erik Venter. The share may have taken a knock after he declared a drop in annual profits, but given the obstacles private airlines face in SA, it’s something of a miracle that Comair has never had to declare a loss.
Former Gauteng premier Mathole Motshekga. Ignorance is forgivable as long as you have an open mind, but his comments on Homo naledi reveal a wilful ignorance of evolution that has no place in a modern society.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, for buckling to union pressure to postpone the annual national assessment exams, which are currently the only way to assess standards of numeracy and literacy teaching.
Sibanye CEO Neal Froneman. The company’s acquisition of Amplats’s Rustenburg platinum mines and refinery assets will not only help avoid job losses but has been cleverly structured to reduce the risk for shareholders.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Amid evidence of the effect his visa regulations are having on tourism, such as the latest International Air Transport Association figures, his wilful ignorance is difficult to countenance
South African tennis star Kevin Anderson. No matter the outcome of Wednesday’s US Open quarterfinal, the way in which he reached the first one of his career, by dispatching the UK’s Andy Murray, was spectacular.
New ANC Youth League president Collen Maine. From the way he was elected to the political environment in which he will have to operate, whichever way you look at it, it’s likely it will end in tears for him.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi. Running out of the BCG vaccine for tuberculosis in a country in which TB is the leading cause of death is deeply irresponsible and should have been avoided at all costs.
New Woolworths SA CEO Zyda Rylands. With credentials like hers, she must have been a shoo-in for the top local Woolies job at a time when, thanks to the state of the economy, the retailer will need all the help it can get.
British Prime Minister David Cameron, along with most other European leaders for that matter. His apparent indifference to dead refugee babies washing up on beaches isn’t winning him much popularity.
Woolworths CEO Ian Moir. No doubt answering the prayers of many of its customers with young children, not to mention chocaholics of all ages, it has decided to remove sweets and chocolates from its stores’ “aisles of temptation”.