Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, for eating humble pie in reversing the department’s shock decision to reduce the value attributed to broad-based BEE schemes. A sledgehammer to kill a fly, indeed.
Banyana stalwart Portia Modise, SA’s most capped female footballer and most successful player of either gender in terms of goals scored in international matches, who has hung up her boots to start coaching.
Netcare CEO Richard Friedland, for investing heavily in generators, diesel storage facilities and other measures designed to ensure its healthcare facilities will be able to operate in the face of an uncertain electricity supply.
Christo Wiese, and his investment vehicle, Brait, for their latest major acquisition — of New Look, for R14.55bn — in the UK, putting the war chest it got from the Pepkor sale to good use.
Nersa regulator member for electricity Thembani Bukula, for not speeding up a decision on Eskom’s request for a 25.3% hike and allowing for public comment. Eskom needs many things, but a free ride is not one of them.
Altron chairman Bill Venter. It’s never easy to let go, especially when you have built a multibillion-rand business from scratch. But that time has come for Altron and the Venter family. Time for new blood and fresh ideas.
Johannesburg mayor and ANC leader Parks Tau. The ANC in the city is trying to curry favour with Soweto residents by organising a march to protest against Eskom. As if the city’s track record of service delivery is any better.
Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. The department’s partnership with private banks will make it possible for South Africans to apply for, and receive, the new smart card identity document without having to battle queues.
Former labour minister and former Reserve Bank governor Tito Mboweni, who took to Twitter to express his dismay at discovering airport officials no longer consider him a VIP since he no longer holds public office. Ag shame.
President Jacob Zuma, for shutting down the inquiry into NPA head Mxolisi Nxasana’s fitness to hold office at the 11th hour. Another day, another abuse of public funds to serve the political agenda of the Presidency.
Is Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland worth the 10% of the company’s R238m annual profit he was paid last year? The majority of shareholders still seem to think so, despite a less-than-stellar operational performance.
Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom, for managing to boost SA in the rankings of the world’s most tourist-friendly countries despite facing challenges such as crime, labour instability and now onerous visa requirements.
Brian Riley, who is the new CEO of the “good” part of African Bank in the latest step in its curatorship. It’s no easy task, but now to make it sustainable. His record at Wesbank stands him in good stead.
Choppies Enterprises CEO Ramachandran Ottappath. Choppies’s listing on the JSE main board this month will give investors more options, just as its growing presence in SA and the region has done for consumers.
Sactwu general secretary Andre Kriel. Given the dire state of the clothing and textile industry, forgoing dividends in order to save jobs at rescued clothing manufacturers is a realistic approach.
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Oceana CEO Francois Kuttel. The group is on track to become one of the biggest fishing companies in the world after acquiring Louisiana-based Daybrook in a R4.6bn deal that will double revenues earned outside SA.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe. When is privatisation not privatisation? When the governing party wants to get its paws on private capital without having to give anything in return. State pensioners beware.
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Whatever one may think of his governance of Kenya, he cannot be faulted for his call for African governments to reduce barriers to trade on the continent. Prosperity begins at home.
Minister in the Presidency Susan Shabangu, for letting the Gender Equality Bill lapse. Now the UN’s rapporteur on violence against women has cancelled her SA visit — so much for the commitment to dealing with this scourge.
Lower fuel prices have presumably contributed to SA Express’s improved prospects, but there can be no doubt that Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene’s “tough love” has also played a key role in focusing executive minds.
Police commissioner Riah Phiyega, for short-listing someone for one of the most senior posts in the SAPS when there are unresolved allegations hanging over his head. Is she simply incapable of learning from the past?
Co-operative governance director-general Vusi Madonsela. Of course national and provincial departments must settle their debts with municipalities forthwith. How else are they supposed to balance their books?
Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, for agreeing to pay settlements of almost R24m to National Home Builders Association staffers who left after being accused of misconduct. No worries, it’s not her money.
Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant. Despite her repeated assurances that the Compensation Fund payment system has been fixed, the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and this pudding is still proving inedible.
Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies, whose hasty review of last week’s ill-considered “clarification” of SA’s BEE codes reveals him to be as prone to ad hoc policy formulation as the rest of the government.
Communications Minister Faith Muthambi. The appointment of prominent ANC leaders as BrandSA ambassadors indicates the programme is being abused for party political ends and to provide jobs for pals.
Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, whose plans to make history a compulsory subject through to matric are clearly politically motivated and have implications that have not been properly considered.
Cedric Gina, head of new Cosatu metalworkers’ union Limusa. Closed-shop agreements were acceptable for decades while Numsa was still in the Cosatu fold, but are unpalatable now that it has broken away?
Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman. The honeymoon may be over for the South African mining industry’s Mr Fixit as Sibanye’s shares slump in the wake of a poor quarterly performance.