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BEE and News24: an “utterly irrelevant” debate? 


BEE is killing South Africa and looming new laws will make matters worse, but the good news is that opposition to BEE is growing, and

Treasury confuses BEE premiums further


Treasury’s proposed Public Procurement Bill changes the way unreported BEE premiums get paid. Treasury’s submissions to Parliament in favour of the Bill show worse is

Who really holds the ‘commanding heights’ of the economy?


The week just ended, designated ‘Anti-Racism Week’, was intended to be a special time for ‘national dialogue’ about racism. Whether or not that objective was

Finding the way to ‘value-for-money’ transformation


The Public Procurement Bill (PPB), which is BEE on steroids covering R1.2 trillion in government spending every year, was debated in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature

No moral way to account for BEE’s anti-poor effects


The final committee debate on the Public Procurement Bill (PPB) before it was passed by the National Assembly was exceptionally heated. Minister of Finance Enoch

Scrap BEE in procurement – IRR, Zondo, and now Harvard all agree


The last campaign I ran at the IRR was to scrap BEE at Eskom, particularly in procurement, in order to combat load-shedding. A new working

AGOA, EWC and ‘respecting diverse views’


Last Saturday, I crafted a Press Release, headlined AGOA: why the silence on grave EWC risk?  It began: ‘The AGOA Forum entered its final day

Trevor Manuel vs the Bela Bill


Former Finance Minister Trevor Manuel gave an interview with Clarence Ford on CapeTalk titled, “Our leaders are out of touch with the people”, which made

Delela is X made flesh


When last did you watch a play in a theatre? I think I have only seen one since the plague, so finding myself in Cape

Procurement law sets SA up to fail

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Ultimately, every bid that goes straight for “value-for-money” with no other points is the most transformative way to spend R1 trillion, because it gets the