Columns 5.5.2018 09:30 am

Jaundiced Eye: US aid money can’t buy Trump political happiness

No amount of money – call it aid, or call it bribery or extortion – will change reality when one is completely out of step with everyone else.

US President Donald Trump wants to end foreign aid to countries that consistently vote against it at the UN. Despite cries of “extortion” and “bribery” from outraged aid recipients, this is a damn fine idea.

Jaundiced Eye: US aid money can’t buy Trump political happiness
Jaundiced Eye: US aid money can’t buy Trump political happiness

Jaundiced Eye: US aid money can’t buy Trump political happiness

No amount of money – call it aid, or call it bribery or extortion – will change reality when one is completely out of step with everyone else.

Australian cricket reaches crossroads with coach Langer
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Australian cricket reaches crossroads with coach Langer

Justin Langer, having arguably walked one line of talk, laid out his future vision at his unveiling this week, focusing on respect.
Orchids and Onions: It’s good to again have #HopeJoanna
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Orchids and Onions: It’s good to again have #HopeJoanna

And the Hate Speech Onion goes to VML head honcho Jarred Cinman, for the marketing recklessness in his AfriForum tweet that damaged the brand.
Iran nuclear deal has been a bird in the hand
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Iran nuclear deal has been a bird in the hand

What drives Trump’s hatred of the deal, in all likelihood, is the fact that it was one of former US president Barack Obama’s major successes.
The responsibility and duty that come with having rights
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The responsibility and duty that come with having rights

Those of us in decent employment have a duty to protect the interests of our employers, or else the employers and our jobs will disappear.
For the good of workers, union leaders must unite
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For the good of workers, union leaders must unite

Several alliance leaders have talked about unity but done nothing, and the Cosatu and Saftu leaderships must understand that workers suffer while they dither.
Will the real Mmusi Maimane please stand up?
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Will the real Mmusi Maimane please stand up?

The chameleon that is the DA leader needs to reveal himself and be consistent if he wants to convince his critics on black Twitter to vote for him.
Community work can make Joburg as clean as Kigali
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Community work can make Joburg as clean as Kigali

If you join, you’ll not only help uplift your neighbourhood, you’ll learn more about your community and yourself. You’ll become a better person.
Our schools are churning out square pegs for round holes
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Our schools are churning out square pegs for round holes

I know of bankers, even lawyers and varsity professors, who hate their jobs and would’ve preferred working with their hands.
Supra-man’s aura weakens
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Supra-man’s aura weakens

The people stood in the streets and gazed upwards in awe: ‘Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Supra-man!’
The IAAF’s treatment of Caster is unconscionable and patently unfair
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The IAAF’s treatment of Caster is unconscionable and patently unfair

It is, in short, a travesty of natural justice and a seemingly blind ignoring of the natural order. We are, quite simply, what we are.
One Indian employee can do as much as 40 at Eskom
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One Indian employee can do as much as 40 at Eskom

Ramaphosa’s administration is going to have to, very soon, seize the nettle of over-staffing. Otherwise, a Greek-style collapse will force them to.
Orchids and Onions: No-holds-barred govt ad gets the message across
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Orchids and Onions: No-holds-barred govt ad gets the message across

An Orchid to the labour department as well as Volvo, while Telkom needs less fibre in its diet.
How corruption and maladministration are burying SAA
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How corruption and maladministration are burying SAA

It is time that directors paid more than lip service to the King III Code and other governance legislation – but it may be too late.
What Kim Jong-un wants
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What Kim Jong-un wants

Kim doesn’t want to conquer the world, he wants a peace treaty that will give North Korea a sense of security at last.
How free are our children when we parents fail them?
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How free are our children when we parents fail them?

How does a parent feel it is okay to bring a child into this world, only to do the bare minimum while enjoying the niceties of life?
That time I was mistaken for the ‘Brighton Bomber’
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That time I was mistaken for the ‘Brighton Bomber’

After three weeks back home from Brighton and Belfast, we were visited by Interpol and put through a sweaty third degree session.
Why the fuss about Zuma’s next wife?
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Why the fuss about Zuma’s next wife?

When it comes to our former president, the scandal that surrounds him is often greater than the sum of its parts.
The new face of school rugby tours
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The new face of school rugby tours

We played on red dirt pitches in towns like Bothaville, Steynsrus and Viljoenskroon and we travelled by bus. Our accommodation was courtesy of our opponents.
Fake ANC unity is hobbling Ramaphosa
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Fake ANC unity is hobbling Ramaphosa

For the president to act decisively against corrupt leaders he would have to go to the heart of his own party and threaten the fake unity that put him in charge.
Amid the Mahikeng flames, the spirit of ubuntu is still alive
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Amid the Mahikeng flames, the spirit of ubuntu is still alive

Imagine being a parent and hearing your daughter was caught up in the fiery protest…
We have lost our minds about land
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We have lost our minds about land

Our most divisive issue is also the most misunderstood and incoherent. It threatens to tear us apart for no good reason.
Paula Radcliffe’s legacy under fire at London Marathon
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Paula Radcliffe’s legacy under fire at London Marathon

World-record holder Radcliffe’s phenomenal legacy faces a serious challenge in the diminutive form of last year’s winner, Kenya’s Mary Keitany.
Jaundiced Eye: You’d better watch your mouth, mlungu
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Jaundiced Eye: You’d better watch your mouth, mlungu

The courts will soon have to make rulings on the entire dictionary of interethnic abuse, such as ‘mlungu’, ‘charra’, ‘goffel’, ‘soutpiel’, and rockspider.
Orchids and Onions: King Price’s tractor ad is clever marketing
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Orchids and Onions: King Price’s tractor ad is clever marketing

An Onion to roadsafety.co.za. and Arrive Alive for posting a potentially dangerous ad which will almost certainly help you Arrive Not Alive.
Democratic evolution is better than revolution
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Democratic evolution is better than revolution

We are living in a new era of mass unemployment and nobody has noticed.
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