It seems as though it'll be more of the same as last year, only worse when you throw trump into the equation. What a perfect pair zuma and trump (henceforth lower case- altwee) are, if you combine them you have a perfect despot. zuma's agenda for this year is divert the public's attention away from the complete idiot he is (I really wanted to write fuckhead - but that's a bit too real) to the new White Monopoly Capital moniker. A very predictable move from a man who, like mugabe back in the day finds himself in the far corner of the Saxonwold shebeen holding up the walls.
There are threats that zoomer is going to re-shuffle his cabinet and get rid of Pravin. I can't see this happening for a variety of reasons.
Firstly, when zoomer fired Nene a delegation of very powerful people arrived at his kaya and told him to remove des (all three foot of him, by all accounts a few inches taller than hlaudi) and restore Pravin to the job. A move that put zuma firmly on the backfoot. It strengthened civil society's resolve to protest against the doos. The result was brave people like Sipho Pityana starting the Save SA movement. zuma's buffoonery and the ANC's blind loyalty to him resulted in the very poor ANC performance in the August 2016 elections. Since then the voices calling for his removal are louder than ever. We have seen members of his cabinet call for his removal (they call it stepping down which is what honourable people would do - zoomer is a doos with a standard three, he is not honourable). 100 CEO's have recently pledged support for Pravin, a distinctly anti-zoomer move. If zuma fires Pravin, the delegation that marches to his kaya door will be much more powerful - they will force him to retract the dismissal and make him even weaker. It would also split the ANC into a number of pieces. Right now the ANC needs to keep its shit together, a split ANC could result in the 52% splitting up and the DA becoming the dominant party.
Secondly, Brian Moleefy-suburb-of-Saxonwold-shebeen-frequenter has no credibility in the eyes of business and the world. He is not a viable option for finance minister. His love of the guptas and the stories now coming out about his questionable procurement practices in a variety of state entities have destroyed his reputation. A Pravin master stroke.
Thirdly. It's only the zoomer faithful who believe him now. He has no credibility anywhere - hell he couldn't risk being sent to Davos. He will manipulate underneath - videre (I should) Koko's love of nuclear. Not forgetting the yooofleeg and the wimminsleeg.
I ambitiously hope that zuma will be removed by the end of the year. With people like Pityana leading the charge the possibility remains, but with short fingered morons like trump in the US I can't be sure.
And this year
- The revised codes will start infiltrating the economy. I was right all along, they are shocking, unrealistic and unviable. But we South Africans are a resilient bunch. I'll figure them out. I've already got the measure of skills development, procurement is next on my list. What I do hope to see is that corporate South Africa comes to realise that the ridiculous pressure they are putting on smaller businesses to retain levels is unreasonable. Here's an analogy.
We accept that Wade van Niekerk's world record for the 400m is 43.03. SASOL, amongst many others, is insisting that all their suppliers (athletes in this context) run below 50 seconds. The only problem is that the distance is now 500m.
- Scores have to be allowed to settle. I am unrealistically hoping that Rob drops his priority element ballsup because it works so negatively against those trying to make an effort.
- Expect much fear and many courses. Everyone will tell you how you have to spend muchos cashos to get the points. Wait for my course - you'll find the points within your company and still transform it.
- The time for companies doing all the ED/SD work for their beneficiaries has to come to an end. Successful black speaking companies will target their benefactors and will add proper value to their benefactors. They will succeed in the long term. Part of of their programme will be to provide those companies with the necessary documentation that is required by the overzealous SANAS verification agencies.
- On the subject of verification. The shit has hit the fan. Not that we've felt it yet. IRBA certificates can no longer be issued. The number of SANAS agencies is not growing fast enough. Bottlenecks are imminent. And the dti, hands numb under the bum
- Expect more and more arbitrariness from the parastatals. I don't know if there is a single one with competent management. We know that Eskom and SAA are scraping the barrel. In the latter's case, the barrel was stolen years ago. Anticipate that your carefully constructed 51% black owned company will be rejected because they now only want 56.34590125% black owned businesses. It's coming I tell you
The future of empowerment legislation is..............?
Secure. The ANC needs BEE and it must fail. It cannot succeed under an ANC government because then they would have no one to blame for their ineptitude. Why do we have revised codes, simple, companies were making great headway. Oh no, they were successful at this transformation lark, we must now show that they are racist by making compliance harder. How can you blame white monopoly capital for your failures when it's actually transforming. Here we have a government that loves your tax money but feels the need to remind you how racist you are whilst they plunder the coffers that you filled.
And if the DA takes over. They cannot allow this policy to lapse. If they do they will lose the black middle class. It will continue in some guise but will be designed for success.
And if the EFF takes over. We're all EFF-ed.
Happy new year. Good luck. Send me mails, hire me to solve your problems, book me for talks, just don't invite me to your Christmas parties.
And I leave you with a delightful song about the summer to keep your spirits up