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Correctional Services Minister Michael Masutha. How embarrassing that SA flouts just about every one of the UN’ s prison policy reform proposals, especially since they have been dubbed the “Mandela Rules”.

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Outgoing Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan, whose parting gift to his successor, Muhammadu Buhari, is chronic fuel shortages — despite the country being one of the world’ s biggest oil producers and exporters.

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Justice Minister Michael Masutha. Clearing criminal records is not to be taken lightly, but if it is limited to giving young and minor offenders who have changed their ways a second chance, it should be supported.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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The people of Ireland, for becoming the first ever to support same-sex marriage by popular vote rather than leaving it to executive edict or judicial ruling. That’ s given the Catholic church something to think about.

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Police commissioner Riah Phiyega. There is no excuse for so many top police officials failing to submit the information required for them to be vetted by the State Security Agency. She must crack the whip or explain.

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SA boxing legend Dingaan Thobela, who was arrested this week on charges of contravening the FAIS Act by failing to register as a financial adviser despite being the owner of a business that sells funeral policies.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa. His claim that there is “general public acceptance of the user-pays principle” is contradicted by a poll that found three-quarters of respondents want an alternative to e-tolls.

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Congress of Traditional Leaders president and Deputy Labour Minister Phathekile Holomisa. SA’s traditional leaders are generally a burden, but his work in places such as Marikana shows the institution has its place.

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Kleine Zalze winemaker RJ Botha, whose chenin blanc — made from grapes produced by 40-year-old bush vines — was judged the best of 8,000 top wines at this year’s Concours Mondial de Bruxelles competition in Italy.

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