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Gweezy, you are the difference between a wheezing and breathing ...

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Gweezy, you are the difference between a wheezing and breathing economy

Mantashe’s threat to revoke Sibanye’s licence is dangerous in the extreme, but the miner needs to show good faith

Executive editor: opinions and analysis

I don’t, for the life of me, understand why President Cyril Ramaphosa insists on keeping Gwede Mantashe as the minister responsible for minerals and energy, the most important cabinet portfolio after finance. Those who have had direct and indirect dealings with Uncle Gweezy over the past 15 years know the man is as rigid as a statue.

He is those stubborn uncles who refuse to compromise on the set dowry at lobola negotiations. The bride-to-be is in tears, the prospective groom’s family is walking out, but the uncle won’t budge.

SA is a complex country, and when you are in charge of a portfolio that oversees a sector that can revive an economy or choke it, your willingness to compromise should be second nature. Also, when ministers involve themselves in the resolution of labour impasses, diplomacy should be an important currency that buys them legitimacy on both sides...

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