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Ousted KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu, who was forced by the ANC to step down. The manoeuvring has begun in anticipation of the party’s elective conference, at which a new presidential candidate will be chosen.

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Mozambican Finance Minister Adriano Afonso Maleiane. The country is set to default on its foreign debt after owning up to undisclosed borrowing that resulted in its credit rating being cut and the metical collapsing.

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SABC chairman Mbulaheni Maguvhe, for failing to end chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s employment despite a court dismissing his application for leave to appeal against a ruling setting aside his appointment

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Irish golfer Rory McIlroy, who won the Irish Open for the first time on Sunday with a final round of 69. On an emotional high, the 27-year-old world No3 promptly donated the entire R12m in prize money to a number of charities.

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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. Whatever her motive, using a VIP flight to smuggle a foreign national into the country without the proper documentation smacks of impunity. So much for accountability.

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Western Cape Judge President John Hlophe’s protracted bid to avoid accounting for his alleged attempt to influence the outcome of four key pending ConCourt cases involving Jacob Zuma has finally run out of steam.

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KwaZulu-Natal premier Senzo Mchunu, who is right to suggest a review of the province’s performance bonus payment system as an alternative to freezing posts or having to retrench public servants. Times are tough.

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DA finance spokesman David Maynier. The raft of amendments the party has proposed to the Appropriation Bill have little chance of being adopted, but they show there is a viable alternative to the governing party.

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Auction Alliance founder Rael Levitt, for the damning outcome of the forensic investigation into the system of secret commission payments he put in place to solicit business. The legal fraternity must be licking its lips.

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Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula. A fifth of the airforce’s total flying hours are now devoted to transporting Very Important Politicians, like the president, while many of our fighter jets are mothballed.

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Denel chairman Daniel Mantsha, for attempting to muddy the waters on the controversial joint venture with a Gupta-linked company by blaming the now-fired former CEO and then ducking and diving when pressed.

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However Co-operative Governance Minister Des van Rooyen does in his new portfolio, he will unfortunately always be known as the man whose appointment as finance minister cost state pensioners R95bn.

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The unveiling of SA cricket’s new sponsor may have been bungled, but the fact remains that securing a major sponsor in the current economic climate is a feather in the cap of Cricket SA president Chris Nenzani.

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The policy paralysis gripping government and that is largely responsible for SA’s disastrous unemployment figures, is a direct result of the factional politics President Jacob Zuma has relied upon to avoid facing criminal charges.

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South African Qualifications Authority CEO Joe Samuels, who is entirely correct to reject the suggestion that people who have lied about their qualifications be granted amnesty. How could they ever be trusted in future?

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South African referee Craig Joubert, whose controversial decision to award a penalty to Australia in the dying seconds of their World Cup quarterfinal denied Scotland an historic win. Who would be a rugby referee these days?

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When President Jacob Zuma says “it’s not a short journey to prosperity,” presumably he is excluding politicians who are fortunate enough to go from not having two cents to rub together to becoming millionaire property owners?

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You have to hand it to Vanuatu parliamentary speaker Marcellino Pipite — he knows how to take a gap when he sees one. Pardoning himself on corruption charges while standing in for the president is a stroke of evil genius

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Business Unity SA CEO Khanyisile Kweyama, for speaking up loud and clear on behalf of business at the ANC national general council. Whether anyone there was listening is unfortunately by no means guaranteed.

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ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, who still insists the public protector’s recommendations are not binding despite a Supreme Court of Appeal ruling that they are, unless successfully challenged in court.

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Japanese rugby coach Eddie Jones. His charges may not have made it through to the World Cup semifinals, but their third win of the knockout stages at the weekend makes them hot contenders for team of the tournament.

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Public Investment Corporation CEO Daniel Matjila, for keeping his options open concerning AB InBev’s bid for SABMiller. His main responsibility is to beneficiaries, and a 44% premium on the price is not to be sneezed at.

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Sibanye Gold CEO Neal Froneman. With the outlook for the mining sector appearing bleak, bold moves are needed, including a comprehensive consolidation of domestic assets. Cometh the hour, cometh the man.

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Austrian student Max Schrems, whose successful lawsuit against Facebook has shown how little protection the personal information of non-US citizens is afforded when data is transferred to US-based servers.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Record investment in the local motor industry indicates that Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies’s incentive programme is working. Let’s not blow it by imposing onerous BEE requirements that kill competitiveness

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Chief electoral officer Mosotho Moepya’s concession in the Constitutional Court that he may have “misconstrued” the IEC’s legal obligations is a far cry from his obstinacy of the past several months.

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PIC CEO Daniel Matjila. The role the state pension fund administrator is playing in compiling a consortium of black investors to buy control of Absa is far better than putting pensioners’ money on the line for political ends

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The NDPP’s rather wordy news conference did not cast much light on matters, but Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has at least been reassured that neither the Hawks nor the NPA are about to have him arrested

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SARS commissioner Tom Moyane. Extracting R200m more than budgeted from the economy when SA is on the verge of recession is nothing to be proud of, especially when so much of it is bound to be stolen or wasted

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EFF leader Julius Malema. We get it: you don’t like Zuma. There is a difference, though, between making a point in Parliament through civil disobedience and using violence to cause chaos and undermine the institution.

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The South African Democratic Teachers Union, which has called for a legal review of the department’s damning investigation into the "jobs for cash" scandal. That is its right, but be careful what you wish for.…

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Former African Bank CEO Leon Kirkinis, who got a roasting in the long-awaited Myburgh report on the bank’s failure for repeatedly riding roughshod over prudential requirements and corporate governance procedures.

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Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, whose valiant efforts to avoid a sovereign ratings downgrade by building investor confidence are being stymied at every turn by a self-serving faction of his party. With friends like these …

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Local artists will be delighted by SABC chief operating officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng’s announcement that 90% of the music it plays on its stations in future will be local. But is that what listeners want? Has anyone asked?

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Many a true word is said in jest, and after British Prime Minister David Cameron labelled Afghanistan and Nigeria hopelessly corrupt, it seems this applies to words uttered when you think no one’s listening, too.

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Telecommunications Minister Siyabonga Cwele. The rationalisation of the state’s broadband interests is long overdue, but welcome nevertheless. So too, the state’s new openness to strategic public-private partnerships.

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SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni, for vowing to keep running the airline regardless of the Treasury’s threat to withhold state financial guarantees if corporate governance issues are not corrected. Good uck with that, lady.

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DA MP Dianne Kohler Barnard made a mistake for which she has apologised. Expelling her implies that the party either believes she is lying, or is too lily-livered to stand its ground against politically inspired criticism.

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All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, the man Springbok rugby fans love to hate yet can’t help but respect. Kudos to the All Blacks, they were the best team by far and deserved winners of the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

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Secretary of Parliament Gengezi Mgidlana. Could the paranoid security crackdown he has initiated have anything to do with the fact that a “whistleblower” staff member accused him of abusing state resources? Surely not.

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Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson now has the rare distinction of being the first minister in the democratic era to be labelled by the auditor-general as unwilling to commit to addressing problems in her department

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British-born Angus Deaton, winner of the 2015 Nobel prize for economics, whose research on consumption, poverty and welfare is to the inequality debate what classic music is to Thomas Picketty’s hard rock.

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Former ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa, another voice in the wilderness at the national general council. He was ignored when he warned the party was conflicted over the Hitachi deal, and look where that has led.

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Communications Minister Faith Muthambi, whose puzzling decision to go for nonencrypted set-top boxes for the digital migration of television has apparently puzzled her party too. Please explain, madam minister.

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Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. The appeal court ruling against Hlaudi Motsoeneng not only means the SABC must hold a disciplinary hearing, but reinforces the argument that her findings have teeth.

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Fifa president Sepp Blatter, whose bid to control an internal corruption probe has been thwarted after he and his possible successor, Michel Platini, were provisionally suspended for 90 days by Fifa’s ethics committee.

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Mediclinic International CEO Danie Meintjes, whose move to list the group on the LSE through a reverse takeover of the UAE-based Al Noor Hospital Group will give it access to capital for further international expansion.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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Whether the “rotation” of SA’s oil stocks is legitimate or an enrichment scam, Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson must know she needs the finance minister’s permission to dispose of significant state assets

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Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu’s daughter, Rev Canon Mpho Tutu-Van Furth, has chosen to return her licence to the Anglican Church rather than have it revoked for entering into a same-sex marriage. Sad, but dignified.

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Zimbabwe Finance Minister Patrick Chinamasa. Without the reserves to back them, the “bond notes” he plans to print to supplement scarce dollar supplies will result in runaway inflation. Has his government learnt nothing?

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