Geffen International Realty Franchises CEO Jason Rohde, who has been arrested in connection with the death of his wife Susan, whose body was found in the bathroom of the winelands hotel the couple were staying in.
The long-suffering rand, whose rally in the wake of the recent elections was rudely interrupted by news that the Hawks are back to hounding Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan. A wounded Number 1 is a dangerous beast.
It took a small boy to tell the emperor he was naked, and a boutique trading firm to pick up the multibillion-rand JSE glitch that overstated the value of foreign equity inflows. Take a bow, Navigare CEO Vuyisile Radebe.
Olympic 800m star Caster Semenya. Whatever the outcome of the IAAF review of the rules regarding hormone levels in female competitors, she is who she is and gave it her all to take gold. Nobody can take that away now.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Asking black voters what they have to lose by casting their ballots in his favour come November is like asking turkeys what they have to lose by voting for Christmas.
Opting not to join governing coalitions is tactically astute on the part of EFF leader Julius Malema, allowing the red berets to influence outcomes and benefit from successes without bearing responsibility for failures.
International Olympic Committee. Replacing the flowers traditionally handed to winning athletes with something more enduring was all very well, but did they have to go from biodegradable to PVC and resin?
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande, for trying to duck responsibility for next year’s varsity fee increases by claiming it is in the hands of the institutions themselves. No sir — the subsidy level is your call.
There’s nothing like a thrashing at the polls to concentrate minds. It is dawning on the ANC that Western Cape leader Marius Fransman has become a liability to the party, just like his pal Jacob Zuma.
Eskom CEO Brian Molefe. In the context of the Westinghouse legal action, the “precautionary suspension” of Koeberg executives for the unauthorised distribution of information looks disturbingly like a witch-hunt.
Cricket SA CE Haroon Lorgat. As sad as it may be that the sport has again been besmirched by match-fixing, the lengthy bans that have been handed out to four players is the only way to tackle such corruption.
Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, for opening SA and Africa’s account at the Rio Olympics with a silver medal in the 100m breaststroke. May it be the first of many for the continent — we can all do with the distraction.
Spare a thought for President Jacob Zuma, who had to go through the motions of celebrating Women’s Day shortly after being targeted by protesters reminding SA of his controversial acquittal on rape charges. Awkward.
Indefatigable shareholder activist Theo Botha, who has finally triumphed after a two-year battle to force Coronation Fund Managers to disclose details of its remuneration policy in the annual report. Let there be light.
Incumbent Nelson Mandela Bay mayor Danny Jordaan is in for a busy year whatever the outcome of Wednesday’s election — he’s briefed heavyweight lawyers to counter an FBI probe of 2010 World Cup corruption allegations.
Rio Tinto CE Jean-Sébastien Jacques surprised the market with a higher-than-expected dividend for the first half-year, reinforcing analysts’ impression that the miner is better placed than its peers to benefit from the next upswing.
Higher Education Minister Blade Nzimande kicked the #FeesMustFall can down the road by tapping the Treasury for the extra cash, but the current state of university finances means finding a long-term solution is critical.
US President Barack Obama’s half-brother, Malik Obama, apparently admires Donald Trump’s “down-to-earth” yet demagogic politics and inward-looking policies over those of his sibling and Hillary Clinton. Thanks, Obama.
Proteas bowling sensation Kagiso Rabada, whose phenomenal performance in all three formats of the game in the past season earned him an unprecedented six awards at the annual Cricket SA prize-giving on Tuesday.
ANC elections head Nomvula Mokonyane is in trouble with her party for revealing that it has spent more than R1bn campaigning for the August 3 elections. Perhaps she could also reveal where all that money has come from?
Cyclist Louis Meintjes, for finishing in the top 10 of the Tour de France at the weekend, the first South African to have achieved this feat, and just seven minutes behind the SA-educated winner, Chris Froome.
ANC Western Cape leader Marius Fransman, whose attempt to exonerate and reinstate himself while still facing harassment charges and a disciplinary hearing has only highlighted the factional divisions in the party.
Texas senator Ted Cruz, for resisting pressure to endorse Donald Trump’s nomination as Republican presidential candidate. Apart from the moral issue, association with the Trump brand is destined to be a political millstone.
If Cosatu president Sdumo Dlamini was hoping the expulsion of Numsa and Zwelinzima Vavi would be the end of it, he is set to be disappointed now that most Fawu provincial structures have also opted to leave.
It’s not as if we haven’t heard it all before, but IMF deputy MD David Lipton’s blunt call for reform of “anticompetitive behaviours” by business, labour and government regulators in SA can’t be repeated too often.
He can’t be accused of giving up easily, but Mark Caruso, executive chairman of Australian mineral sands miner MRC, has had to throw in the towel over the Xolobeni project in Pondoland after fierce community resistance.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is using the weekend’s failed military coup as an excuse to further restrict freedom and purge legitimate political rivals who had nothing to do with the attempt to overthrow him.
Here we go again. “According to our belief,” says ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, the party was “anointed by God to lead the country” to freedom. And, presumably, to govern forever, however badly.
Mosebenzi Zwane was appointed mining minister in September 2015. Every month since then, mining production has declined, including the 4.4% in May that Statistics SA announced on Thursday. Coincidence?
For Steinhoff International CEO Markus Jooste it may be third time lucky. After failing to land two other potential acquisitions, his £597m bid for UK discount chain Poundland seems to be in the bag.
It’s sad when someone takes a big bet on Africa and fails, but former CEO Bob Diamond is definitively out after his key investment vehicle Atlas Mara fell to a record low over concerns about the health of Nigeria’s banking industry.
Zimbabwean pastor Evan Mawarire, credited with the viral internet campaign #ThisFlag, was arrested on Tuesday for inciting public violence. Technically, he is out, but in our books, he is most definitely in.
Jeroen Dijsselbloem, the president of the Eurogroup of eurozone finance ministers, said problems in Italy’s banking sector did not amount to an 'acute crisis', That’s what they always say until it is a crisis.
Any time you win a big soccer tournament without spending the whole game on the field is a good day in the office. On that basis, Portugal’s soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo is a winner following his country’s victory at Euro 2016.
US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. The FBI has recommended that no criminal charges be pursued over her “extremely careless” use of an unsecured private e-mail server when she was secretary of state.
It’s a little rich for SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande to warn of ‘forces’ trying to capture the tripartite alliance, given the undue influence his unelected party continues to exert over the alliance and government.
Tshwane mayor Kgosientso ‘Sputla’ Ramokgopa. The more protesters focus attention on his running of the city, the more the apparent public outrage at him being sidelined by the ANC appears sorely misdirected.
PPC CEO Darryll Castle has pulled out all the stops since taking charge to try to keep the cement maker afloat, but Deloitte’s disclaimer on the group’s ability to continue as a going concern comes as a cruel blow.
Oh, irony of ironies. Parliament’s “ethics commissioner”, Fezela Mahomed, resigned after a court found she violated the very code she was meant to enforce by maliciously prosecuting three DA MPs.
So President Jacob Zuma will finally “Pay back the money”. Not nearly as much as some would have preferred, but it’s the principle that matters. Pity he had to bring the country to the brink of a constitutional crisis first.
SABC acting CEO Jimi Matthews may have been naïve to have thought he could reform a thoroughly politicised and “captured” institution from the inside, but ultimately he has acted on principle by resigning.
ANC spokesman Zizi Kodwa, for crossing the line between political rhetoric and racist insult. Referring to DA leader Mmusi Maimane as a mere "garden boy" to his white predecessor is not OK. A public apology is in order.
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel. Downstream steel users are haemorrhaging jobs at an increasing rate, indicating the committee formed to probe the effects of import tariffs is too little, too late.
Poor Cyril Ramaphosa. It’s no secret he’s not Jacob Zuma’s preferred successor, and having to chair the Presidential Labour Working Group when more job losses loom is just another example of him being given the dog jobs.
KwaZulu-Natal local government spokesman Lennox Mabaso asks whether a sane party would deliberately cut the water supply to Pietermaritzburg residents to benefit politically. Really good question.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s insistence on keeping the naira pegged to the dollar despite the oil price rout was always risky; now the central bank has been forced to bring in a dual currency system.
Eskom CE Brian Molefe insisted there was “nothing to hide” regarding its coal-supply contracts with the Gupta-owned Tegeta. Now, it emerges it prepaid R580m on the contract to rescue Tegeta from bankruptcy.
Acting Brazilian President Michel Temer, whose administration is on the brink of collapse after the country’s prosecutor-general requested the arrest of several senior party leaders over an alleged corruption cover-up.
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Former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils, who has donated the damages he won in a defamation case against Kebby Maphatsoe to the woman President Jacob Zuma was acquitted of raping.
There are two ways of interpreting President Jacob Zuma’s move to take control of state-owned enterprises: either his mind has been focused by the ANC’s electoral drubbing or the patronage machine needs fuel.
Newly elected Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba. Just think, free-market advocates at the helm in Joburg and Tshwane, the engine room of the economy and cockpit of the country respectively. Let the growth begin.
Deputy Defence Minister and full-time ANC political hitman Kebby Maphatsoe, who faces a R1m defamation suit arising from allegations he made against former intelligence minister Ronnie Kasrils. It was only a matter of time.
SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni. You know there’s a witch-hunt under way when the best the airline can come up with to nail a whistle-blower, such as suspended head of treasury Cynthia Stimpel, is a charge of “insolence”.
Mmusi Maimane. After a bit of horse trading with the EFF, his party has achieved its main electoral goal — the opportunity to prove in Gauteng and Eastern Cape that it is better at governing than the ANC.
Things are finally looking up for Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, with the Mugabe regime under severe pressure due to the collapsing economy, and opposition parties united as never before.
SA speedster Wayde van Niekerk, whose blistering world record time in the 400m at Rio not only earned him a gold medal, but personal congratulations from the legendary Usain Bolt, winner of the 100m gold.
NUM general secretary David Sipunzi, for trying to justify defying an interdict against a nationwide strike by Eskom workers. If the union believes this is not an essential service, it should challenge the notion directly.
National Council of Provinces chairwoman Thandi Modise. The house is on the brink of being in breach of an order of the Constitutional Court after yet another bill was sent back due to doubts over its constitutionality.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, whose cosying up to his Russian counterpart reinforces concerns over an increasingly dictatorial approach to governance on his part since the thwarted coup.
JSE CEO Nicky Newton-King. The bourse claims to welcome the prospect of competition, yet has gone to great lengths to make life difficult for ZAR X as it jumps through the many hoops required to obtain a licence to trade.
If the local government elections were in fact a referendum on President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, as some analysts were saying, he has received a resounding thumbs-down, particularly in SA’s cities.
Telkom chairman Jabu Mabuza, who will chair the Africa portion of the merged AB InBev-SABMiller entity. Pity, given SABMiller’s origins, that there’s no South African and just one African on the post-takeover exco.
ANN7 editor-in-chief Moegsien Williams. The Gupta-owned television station has fired five journalists who protested against the dismissal of nine of their colleagues who had objected to being dragged into the Guptas’ battles.
Has the backlash begun? Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s habit of attacking as a form of defence failed spectacularly in the case of a fallen Muslim US war hero whose parents criticised him.
President Jacob Zuma. Talking about good governance and action against corruption may have worked in the past, but it is clear the electorate has had enough of unfulfilled promises. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice…
Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who has ratcheted up the pressure on his cabinet colleagues, and especially the president, over SAA by withholding new financial guarantees until a new board has been appointed.
Deputy Public Works Minister and SACP stalwart Jeremy Cronin, who has been left with egg on his face after insisting that the Expropriation Bill is constitutional, only to have President Jacob Zuma send it back to Parliament.
SABC operations chief Hlaudi Motsoeneng has added a fresh black mark to his name — the dismissal of journalists who resisted his decrees has been found to be unfair in court. But this is Teflon Man, so don’t hold your breath.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who appears to have fallen out with the “war veterans” who have helped keep him in power, often through violence and intimidation. When you have a tiger by the tail….
Social networking service Twitter, which has finally cracked down on abusive behaviour by banning a user who led a campaign vilifying actress Leslie Jones. There is a difference between free speech and vitriol.
Sharks hooker Monde Hadebe, who has been banned from participating in all forms of rugby for four years after testing positive for steroids. What a senseless waste of a potentially stellar career.
The situation at the SABC has become untenable, and when it explodes — as it will, sooner or later — we hope Communications Minister Faith Muthambi is one of the first casualties. It couldn’t happen to a nicer person.
Justice Minister Michael Masutha. It is clear from the Public Service Commission’s report that the state attorney’s office has many shortcomings, but most glaring is that it fights unwinnable cases for party political reasons.
Wannabe US first lady Melania Trump, who made a great speech in support of her husband’s presidential nomination. Pity she "borrowed" large chunks of it from an old address by Michelle Obama, of all people.
Microsoft founder Bill Gates, whose foundation has arguably done more to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS and malaria than any African government. The rate of new infections remains scandalously high in southern Africa.
Nintendo CEO Tatsumi Kimishima is most decidedly “in” following the amazing success of Pokémon Go, which apart from sending the world crazy, has resulted in a 70% rise in the company’s share price in the past week.
Some say new governments should have 100 days’ grace. Not the umpire. UK Prime Minister Theresa May is out for appointing flamboyant leader of the Leave campaign Boris Johnson as foreign minister. Please. Not that.
It never seems to end. Apart from all the other problems, SAA board chairwoman Duduzile Myeni must take the rap for the fact that SAA has slumped seven places in the Skytrax World Airline Awards.
Who says ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe never gets a green by the third umpire? He is “in” today for castigating ANC members who spoke out in favour of the SABC’s decision to ban footage of violent protests.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney drew strong criticism from advocates of a British exit from the EU. But guess what? His warnings about the potential risks facing the economy are being borne out.
It is the return of bad hair and tough-love economics. UK Home Secretary Theresa May is poised to become Britain’s prime minister after rival Andrea Leadsom pulled out of the Conservative Party’s leadership race on Monday.
Cosatu general secretary Bheki Ntshalintshali, whose call for member unions to balance wage demands with the need to preserve jobs is a welcome, if belated, bit of common sense from the federation.
Tennis veteran Roger Federer, who tied Martina Navratilova’s Grand Slam record of 306 match wins on Monday in reaching his 14th Wimbledon quarterfinal. Could there be another title in the old dog?
National Freedom Party secretary-general Nhlanhla Khubisa has taken the fall for the party’s disqualification from contesting next month’s elections, but it is clear he is not the only one whose competence is debatable.
Disgraced former Fifa head Sepp Blatter, who now claims to have personal experience of the draws for European football competitions being fixed. So he knew about this and didn’t kick up a fuss? And he insists he is clean!
Now that wasn’t so painful, was it? Collapsing the Pick n Pay pyramid control structure won’t change the Ackerman family’s control of the group, but has already unlocked billions of rand in value for Pikwik shareholders.
Cape Town businessman Johan van Staden, who spent his first night behind bars after being convicted on fraud and other charges arising from fictitious VAT claims totalling R280m over a period of three years.
Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi’s intentions in pushing for National Health Insurance are probably good, but it is now clear the state cannot run it and SA can’t afford it. Ideologues will be the downfall of this country.
UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who should be following David Cameron’s example and resign, especially since he hobbled the Remain campaign by refusing to share a platform with the prime minister.
VW chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch, who bore the brunt of shareholder ire at this week’s annual general meeting over VW’s handling of the emissions-cheating scandal, but survived a bid to unseat him and will lead a probe.
Billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe, whose African Rainbow Capital has made its first foray into property, buying into a luxury residential estate. When the economy turns, that is where you want to be.
SACP general secretary and Cabinet minister Blade Nzimande. Communications Minister Faith Muthambi’s public attack on him for criticising her actions may be “out of order” but indicates he has lost political clout.
MTN group executive chairman Phuthuma Nhleko, for negotiating a massive reduction of the $5.2bn fine imposed on the group by Nigeria in December. Little wonder the share experienced a relief rally on Monday.
Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe’s announcement that crime statistics will in future be released quarterly rather than only once a year has been universally welcomed. Great news, but why did it require a 20-year battle?
SAA chairwoman Dudu Myeni. In its eagerness to tarnish the reputation of outgoing Mango CE Nico Bezuidenhout, the “national carrier” appears to have opened itself up to investigation by the competition authorities. Oops.