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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Scrap the empty rhetoric and be a bit of a dictator

January 20, 2020

How many times can you say the same thing and still have people come along for the ride? When a process is mired in a lack of transparency can you say the opposite of what is actually happening?

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STUART THEOBALD: Don’t let petroleum bill prove that resource nationalism is a curse

January 13, 2020

The oil and natural gas industry provides an obvious opportunity to add positive economic momentum while it is desperately needed. The bill is now in a consultation process, providing an opportunity...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Will the adults please enter the energy war room and shed light on Eskom’s future

December 19, 2019

The public sector wage war and Eskom’s debilitating debt are key focuses in the coming year, yet the largest hurdles to be overcome are the […]

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Here’s our view on what to expect next year

December 13, 2019

We look forward to working vigorously with you next year to do that. The team at Intellidex wishes you a fantastic Christmas and New Year.

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STUART THEOBALD: If only we could shrug off labels and base policy on evidence

November 11, 2019

The strands of ideology that shape SA’s political economy are deep. Sometimes we are not even conscious of them. One of the most important is Marx’s theory of history, a vision of the world that...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Where action is at odds with rhetoric

October 7, 2019

This column was first published in Business Day Some deep questions are raised by the ANC’s national executive committee statement last week and rotate on […]

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Why prescribed assets are a bad idea

September 25, 2019

By: Stuart Theobald Prescribed assets are increasingly being looked to as a solution for both urgent and longer-term development funding needs. This is a mistake. […]

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: No, it will not be all fine in the end

September 23, 2019

I think there is a subset of ministers who actually do understand that the country is fundamentally in the wrong place. The problem is the system itself hasn’t flipped, given the lack of political...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: If the state cannot get PR right, it cannot deliver reform

September 9, 2019

In an environment of a trust deficit and zero benefit of the doubt, for the government to play its role will require leadership and an ability to manage the state — getting the building block of PR...

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STUART THEOBALD: Bootleggers and Baptists are holding up SA’s economic recovery

September 3, 2019

Two things are needed to break through the resistance: leadership and a just transition. A just transition that accommodates legitimate interests who stand to suffer short-term pain, is one way to...

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Q&A with Ramaphosa gives reason for hope, capped by lack of reform

August 26, 2019

Much rhetoric but lack of dial-moving action are  leading to frustration among business. The foremost example of this has been the reaction of the telecoms industry to spectrum after the Q&A last...

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STUART THEOBALD: Unequal access to health care must change, but let’s also face reality

August 19, 2019

The debate over NHI has been characterised by a lack of positive alternatives that would meet constitutional muster. It is time we as a country are honest about both our means and our obligations.

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PETER ATTARD MONTALTO: Sipho Pityana’s Busa letter shows despair can be useful

August 12, 2019

A kind of mass hysteria is breaking out, some of it justified. Sentiment is getting weaker because nothing is being done

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