21. The 10 most-read columns of 2020

Date: 21 December 2020
 Business Day
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  1. Health aside, 2020 has been anything but kind to ANC secretary-general Ace Magashule. In August, Gareth van Onselen described the man at the helm of the governing party as “the focal point for outrage from both the public and the fourth estate”.
    Ace Magashule is the new Jacob Zuma
    What is happening to the ANC’s secretary-general remains exceptional, for the simple reason that the ANC has been through all before, writes Gareth van Onselen
    BusinessLIVE / Gareth van Onselen
  2. Editor-at-large Carol Paton writes Magashule’s eventual arrest on 21 charges was a big moment for the ANC. It also means shifting alliances, regroupings and chaotic politics.
    Cyril Ramaphosa a spectator as new factions take shape
    The handful of recognisable faces that turned out to support Magashule were a sad and motley crew with doubtful moral and political standing.
    BusinessLIVE / Carol Paton
  3. When the first cases of Covid-19 were recorded in SA in March, the government took the difficult decision to enforce a nationwide lockdown. While initially supported for the most part, as Peter Bruce writes, many rules soon drew fierce criticism from all corners of SA.
    Fatuous rules will kill legitimacy of the Covid-19 war
    President Cyril Ramaphosa must be careful about what balls he chooses to juggle
    BusinessLIVE / Peter Bruce
  4. As the year draws to a close, Business Day editor Lukanyo Mnyanda writes he hopes that as the second coronavirus wave arrives, government actions do not take SA back to the dark days of April as the country simply cannot afford it.
    Fingers crossed but it’s not looking good
    As the year-end approaches, the question is where to from here?
    BusinessLIVE / Lukanyo Mnyanda
  5. While the Covid-19 pandemic exposed many faults in the state, Jonny Steinberg observes that some have come a long way.
    Mbeki implicates himself when mocking those cleaning up after him
    One of the predecessors who bequeathed a divided ruling party to the president was Thabo Mbeki, who now sees fit to make fun of him
    BusinessLIVE / Jonny Steinberg
  6. As if the pandemic and domestic political and commercial chaos is not enough, 2020 also saw the end of the Donald Trump administration. But before US voters made their decision, Adekeye Adebajo had a look at the two candidates.
    Is Trump about to bow out of the greatest show on earth?
    Threats to cut health care amid a pandemic are among the factors that have alienated voters
    BusinessLIVE / Adekeye Adebajo
  7. Chaotic politics are not unique to the US. And as Tom Eaton wrote long before SA saw nonsensical lockdown measures and soldiers in its neighbourhoods, “there is no new party on the horizon that will wrestle the matches away from the ANC”.
    Brace yourself — no-one is coming to save SA
    The ANC remains firmly entrenched and the country lives and dies by the whims of the cultists
    BusinessLIVE / Tom Eaton
  8. If you needed any reminder of what the local brand of ‘chaotic politics’ entails, SA’s communication minister has made a number of demonstrations since her appointment to cabinet in 2018.
    Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams needs to be shown the door
    The communications minister has been described as ‘one-woman wrecking ball’
    BusinessLIVE / Genevieve Quintal
  9. Amid all the worrying indicators SA saw in 2020, unemployment and a recession among them, Michael Morris believes expropriation poses one of the biggest threats to farming.
    Expropriation is the biggest threat to farming success so lauded by Ramaphosa
    Industry’s success follows despite indebted government’s move to take assets that belong to others
    BusinessLIVE / Michael Morris
  10. Little highlights the need for decisive leadership more than a pandemic. But it appears for all the difficult decisions the president has taken, sometimes decisions and announcements do not always translate into action.
    Ramaphosa not quite as good as his word
    The president’s record is littered with broken promises of financial allocations made when he is under pressure
    BusinessLIVE / Duma Gqubule