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The other Mkbeki

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The other Mkbeki

Postby ruggie » Sat 8 Sep 2012 11:29 GMT

A South African FB friend posted a link to an article by Thabo Mbeki's brother, a writer and political commentator about whom I knew nothing. Take a look and add your own comments.

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Postby Dave » Sun 9 Sep 2012 03:30 GMT

It seemed a well-written article. But I don't have a great deal of knowledge of SA politics and economics.

What did you think, Ruggie? You've spent long enough in the region to have a handle on all this.
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Postby ruggie » Mon 17 Sep 2012 20:14 GMT

I'm surprised I was unaware of Moeletsi Mbeki's existence until now. Apparently, this article was sponsored by the Centre for Development and Enterprise, which is actually funded by the big conglomerates.

In my view, much of what he says about pandering to big conglomerates is applicable to first world countries, especially the USA with its lobby system. However, S Africa - as well as most other African countries I have lived in - gets round part of the problem by having a thriving informal (i.e. untaxed and unregulated) business sector. As long as people can trade without too much external interference, they will gradually improve their standard of living.
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