Frans Cronje: Wasted opportunities

Frans Cronje: Wasted opportunities

The latest polling data from the Social Research Foundation, shared here by chair Dr Frans Cronje, shows that SA’s opposition political parties wasted opportunities to punish the ruling ANC when it was most vulnerable.

With the notable exception of the IFP (especially in KZN) Cronje says the ANC’s other competitors dropped the ball when the tryline beckoned.

Biggest loser, research shows, is the radical EFF whose share of the vote has almost halved to a modest 6% in recent months.

Cronje believes the ANC’s fortunes will be further boosted ahead of the 2024 National Election by a virtual end to loadshedding as long-term plans start to have an impact.

He spoke to Alec Hogg of BizNews.

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Frans Cronje: Wasted opportunities
Frans Cronje: Wasted opportunities

KZN’s democratic revolution – IFP looks forward

A democratic revolution in South Africa’s province of KwaZulu-Natal.

KZN’s democratic revolution

In recent by-elections, the IFP has won five previously safe ANC wards.

And in those where it fell short, posted massive double-digit gains in its share of the vote.

And turned the ruling party’s majority from comfortable to marginal.

The party, founded by Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi in 1975, is a staunch member of the anti-ANC/EFF Rainbow Coalition.
It governed KZN between 1994 and 2004, a project which is regarded as unfinished business.
The IFP’s newfound momentum is perfectly timed ahead of the watershed 2024 Election.
They expect to regain the right to govern the province – and to share power nationally.

Its president Velenkosini Hlabisa, who succeeded Buthelezi in August 2019, explains how the recent surge is part of a long-term plan embarked upon almost ten years ago.

He spoke to Alec Hogg of BizNews.

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KZN’s democratic revolution

Mmusi Maimane – Building One South Africa

Mmusi Maimane is a prominent South African politician and former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party.

He has been a vocal critic of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) party and its policies, particularly on issues of corruption, inequality, and governance.

Maimane has been at the forefront of the fight for social justice in South Africa, and has been recognized for his efforts to promote democracy and good governance.

In this interview, Maimane sheds light on the hard truths of South Africa, including the challenges facing the country in the areas of education, healthcare, crime, and economic inequality.

He shares his vision for a better South Africa and discusses the role of citizens in shaping the country’s future.

Through his insightful commentary and analysis, Maimane provides a unique perspective on the political and social landscape of South Africa, and offers a compelling vision for a more just and equitable society.

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building One South Africa
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A balanced view of the future with Alec Hogg

After a fortnight that included a 6 am start in Parliament’s ‘lockup’ for the National Budget.

A balanced view of the future

And then hosting the four-day BizNews Conference in the Drakensberg.

BizNews founder Alec Hogg provides insights at the Rotary Club of Hermanus.

This is a recording of his informal address to members of the non-profit.

Where he shared the context and the back story of those two events.

He also offered perspective on the major issues South Africa faces.

In the lead-up to its watershed 2024 National Election.

Thank you, Alec, refreshing and informative.

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A balanced view of the future

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Some advice from an old farmer

I saw this advice from an old farmer on Facebook the other day.
I don’t know who wrote it, but I love the outlook on life.

It certainly isn’t my writing, but I’d love to share it.

  • Your fences need to be horse-high, pig-tight and bull-strong.
  • Keep skunks and bankers at a distance.
  • Life is simpler when you plow around the stump.
  • A bumble bee is considerably faster than a John Deere tractor.
  • Words that soak into your ears are whispered… not yelled.
  • Meanness doesn’t just happen overnight.
  • Forgive your enemies; it messes up their heads.
  • Do not corner something that you know is meaner than you.
  • It doesn’t take a very big person to carry a grudge.
  • You cannot unsay a cruel word.
  • Every path has a few puddles.
  • When you wallow with pigs, expect to get dirty.
  • The best sermons are lived, not preached.
  • Most of the stuff people worry about ain’t never gonna happen anyway.
  • Don’t judge folks by their relatives.
  • Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.
  • Live a good, honorable life… Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
  • Don ‘t interfere with somethin’ that ain’t bothering you none.
  • Timing has a lot to do with the outcome of a Rain dance.
  • If you find yourself in a hole, the first thing to do is stop diggin’.
  • Sometimes you get, and sometimes you get got.
  • The biggest troublemaker you’ll probably ever have to deal with, watches you from the mirror every mornin’.
  • Always drink upstream from the herd.
  • Good judgment comes from experience, and a lotta that comes from bad judgment.
  • Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier than puttin’ it back in.
  • If you get to thinkin’ you’re a person of some influence, try orderin’ somebody else’s dog around.
  • Live simply. Love generously. Care deeply. Speak kindly. Leave the rest to God.
  • Don’t pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight, he’ll just kill you.
  • Most times, it just gets down to common sense.

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Cool, calm, and hopeful – THAT’s the DA way

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DA Leader clarifies “ANC coalition” post-2024.

Fixing Eskom and hope for Joburg – and South Africa.

Democratic Alliance leader John Steenhuisen shares his thoughts on a range of subjects in this interview with Alec Hogg of

He provides straight answers to the questions many South Africans want answered.

  • Will the DA enter a coalition with the ANC after the 2024 Election?
  • Did Mpho Phalatse's challenge for DA Leadership trigger the end of her Joburg Mayorship?
  • Can Eskom be rescued from the seemingly inevitable collapse?
  • After being twice let down, will the DA still strike a deal with Gayton McKenzie's Patriotic Alliance?
  • And will his party turn successful provincial governance into winning votes nationally?
  • Good politicians must be peddlers of hope.
  • From the evidence in this interview, Steenhuisen is a very good politician.

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