THANK YOU for your sympathetic cover article on Pallinghurst’s project and funding initiatives. Sadly, it was marred by the gratuitous and inappropriate reference to a “spineless Zuma” – both on the cover and in the headline of the article. I could find no motivation for or reference to such a derogatory statement in the article itself.
I should like you to be aware that South Africa and its policies were a material part of our new investors’ due diligence processes before they invested and that, furthermore, the President has given valued encouragement to our initiatives, to the extent two of his Cabinet colleagues attended our signing ceremonies.
Yours sincerely, Africa’s metals industry – Government [Zuma is the ultimate representative of Government – Editor] and industry are batting about details of fresh empowerment laws amid perceptions the sector hasn’t transformed well enough – this is a significant development.”
“During one site visit, in which the Dutch were walked through Platmin’s proposed 250 0000z/year Pilanesberg Platinum Mines prospect in North West province, Julius Malema – the bloody-minded ANC Youth League president – had again burst into the spotlight after intensifying his calls to nationalise SA’s mining assets [once again, without being reprimanded by Zuma – Editor].” his own years in exile, venting your spleen is understandable, about “dark suits and large Homburg hats... stout women”. Did he ever observe the size of his fellow ANC female Cabinet colleagues and MPs?
As for his comment: “...little real debate in the House of Assembly” I beg to differ. There’s no debate now. That was killed by the measures put in place by his colleague Tony Yengeni as ANC Chief Whip while Asmal was in the Cabinet. The curtailment of questions, speaking time allocated by percentage and excluding ministerial time from such allocations – and also allowing speeches to be read (sometimes with all the astonishment of someone looking at a road map for the first time) – have all contributed to the current lack of debate.
In fact, the “striking woman” he refers to publicly stated some years ago the Nats – with all their faults – at least respected the institution of Parliament more than the ANC; and in her memoirs stated: “During those years the Speaker probably allowed me, a minority of one, more speaking time than 10 other MP’s together”. That can’t be said of Parliament today. And let’s not forget the state of Chapter 9, the institutions the good professor investigated.
Thus while we have progressed and