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President Jacob Zuma. It is undoubtedly true that far too many South Africans are reliant on the state, but most have little other choice due to a lack of opportunity. And what kind of example is he setting, anyway?

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Capitec CEO Gerrie Fourie. If the proof of the unsecured lending pudding is in the eating, the bank’s shareholders are pronouncing it delicious as the share price tracks profits upwards. Long may it continue.

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United Democratic Movement leader Bantu Holomisa, for withdrawing from the ad hoc committee set up by Parliament to whitewash the Nkandla issue. The opposition should not be giving this outrage legitimacy.

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State IT Agency chairman Jerry Vilakazi, for the mix-up that saw the Cabinet approving Setumo Mohapi's appointment as CEO before he had signed a contract of employment. What if he no longer wants the job?

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Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini, whose call for foreigners to go home and stop depriving locals of their wealth is highly irresponsible in light of recent violence against foreign business owners.

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Western Cape SACP spokesman Masonwabe Sokoyi. Has it occurred to him that the milking of PetroSA by the “overzealous tenderpreneurs” that he is complaining about is a direct result of deliberate government policy?

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Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. He is obliged to remain upbeat in his public pronouncements on the economy, but it is encouraging that he is apparently calling a spade a spade when addressing the Cabinet.

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Proteas one-day captain AB de Villiers, who must be one very relieved man after his team overcame the “chokers” hoodoo to thrash Sri Lanka by nine wickets in the quarterfinals of the Cricket World Cup in Australia.

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Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga, whose bid to ensure teachers in state schools are able to pass the national assessments their pupils have to write must surely be supported by all, including teacher unions.

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Eskom chairman Zola Tsotsi, who should be the subject of the investigation the board has initiated into the state of the utility, rather than presiding over it, given that the chaos that reigns has occurred largely on his watch.

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Amazing what an economic reversal and attempt to cover up corruption can do — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has gone from hero to zero in a few months, with calls for her impeachment growing ever louder.

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National Assembly speaker Baleka Mbete, whose bias was never so clear as when Zuma ignored her request that the opposition be allowed to raise a point of order. Where are the White Shirts when you need them?

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Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi, for launching an independent investigation into allegations of maladministration at the Health Professions Council of SA. These issues need to be resolved without delay.

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Former Business Day political correspondent Vuyo Mvoko, who was part of an SABC news crew who were filmed being mugged seconds before going live on air. He went ahead and delivered his spiel anyway, like a real pro.

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Radio talk show host John Robbie. The Broadcasting Complaints Commission has dismissed a complaint that he showed bias by expressing the opinion that Shrien Dewani was guilty even though he was acquitted.

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Parliamentary communications committee chairwoman Joyce Moloi-Moropa, for rejecting Lumko Mtimde’s application for appointment to the SABC board because he failed to furnish proof of his qualifications. About time.

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From bad to worse. It is increasingly apparent that President Jacob Zuma ’s decision to split the communications portfolio is the ultimate cause of SA’s migration to digital television being such a disaster.

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Proteas one-day cricket captain AB de Villiers. They didn’t win, and that’s disappointing. But they didn’t choke, either, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice. And it was a cracking game of cricket.

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Talk about being handed a poisoned chalice: Basil Read CEO Neville Nicolau hasn't been in the job a year yet, and he's had to deal with an exodus of executives, and now a sickening earnings plunge and share price collapse.

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Gauteng health MEC Qedani Mahlangu, whose collaborative approach to private hospital groups is the only way the government’s NHI plans can possibly be made to work. Whether its affordable or not is a different issue.

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UCT vice-chancellor Max Price, whose calm and rational proposals for a way forward on the Rhodes statue controversy are in sharp contrast to the mob mentality of those who object to its presence on campus.

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Group Five CEO Eric Vemer is confident the group can defend itself against the latest charges it faces for tender collusion, but shareholders might be happier if this whole sad saga had been put behind them by now.

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Social Development Minister Bathabile Dlamini, for seeking to extend the child care grant to young adults without first ensuring that doing so will be fiscally sustainable. SA needs growth more than more welfare.

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Nice try, but no cigar. State Security Minister David Mahlobo’s belated claim that the jamming device used in Parliament during the state of the nation address was to prevent drone attacks simply fails the sniff test.

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You’ve heard of tenders for pals, now it seems Mpumalanga premier David Mabuza has introduced an innovative variation on the theme — tenders to offset debt you have incurred in pursuit of vanity projects.

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Now, was that so hard? President Jacob Zuma finally answered the million-dollar question on Wednesday, although it’s a pity his reply was so disingenuous. That’s not what the public protector recommended, sir.

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Public Investment Corporation CEO Daniel Matjila. The state asset manager’s new approach of linking up with strategic partners that will jointly control and manage the companies it invests in sounds like a winner.

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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson. If you’re not going to pitch for a parliamentary committee briefing, the least you can do is ensure the underling you send in your place is properly briefed and has done his homework.

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Sasol CE David Constable. The petrochemicals group has stayed on the right track despite the oil price plunge by cutting costs and investing during the tough times in order to reap the benefits when the market turns.

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Public Enterprises Minister Lynne Brown, who — unlike President Jacob Zuma — appears to understand that by law she is not entitled to intervene in the governance or management of SOEs that have their own boards.

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SARS commissioner Tom Moyane, for refusing to release the controversial Sikhakhane report to MPs, apparently because it does not justify his decision to suspend Ivan Pillay and other senior officials.

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Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson, who has officially been dropped from the BBC show after being suspended for striking a producer who had failed to organise dinner for him. Being a complete git is not entertaining.

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