Tag Archives: Nathi Mthethwa

Platinum Strike: Where to Now? [Updated]

  Update: Late yesterday news broke of an “in principle” agreement on a new wage offer between Amcu and the platinum producers. According to www.platinumwagenegotiations.co.za, which is run by the platinum producers, Amcu will be taking this offer to striking mineworkers for a mandate to accept the offer. It is believed that this new offer consists of an […]

JZ’s Cabinet Rule of Thumb

  President Jacob Zuma’s finest agricultural quality appears to be the cultivation of the semiliterate goatherd-cum-good image – all the way to a second term in the Union Buildings. It is a construct that is as appealing to the rural marginalised as it is open to the ridicule of the chattering classes and mainstream media […]

A Day in the Life of an Arts Minister

Yunus Momoniat As soon as former police minister Nathi Mthethwa was appointed minister of arts and culture, creative types throughout the land began speculating about their chances of qualifying for those grants government dishes out, more often than not through the national lottery. The Mandela opera has had its run cut to a drastic three […]

Platinum Strike: Who Oppresses Whom?

  “Some say they are fighting for economic freedom – who is oppressing them economically? Who do they want economic freedom from?” South African President Jacob Zuma uttered these words in October last year. He was addressing a crowd of 500 people at the Mdantsane’s Nonzwakazi Primary School in the Eastern Cape. Naturally, his disingenuous diss was […]