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Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet

Phillip de Wet writes about politics, society, economics, and the areas where these collide. He has never been anything other than a journalist, though he has been involved in starting new newspapers, magazines and websites, a suspiciously large percentage of which are no longer in business. PGP fingerprint: CF74 7B0F F037 ACB9 779C 902B 793C 8781 4548 D165
The Absa shareholders who could end up coughing up
The Absa shareholders who could end up coughing up
NEWS ANALYSIS
Absa's apartheid debt, the Broederbond and the British spy
Absa's apartheid debt, the Broederbond and the British spy
COMMENTThat the public protector’s finding on Absa is going to become a terrible political mess is inevitable. And it has been inevitable...
The unethical sellers of dreams
The unethical sellers of dreams
It is, quite simply, a scam. Adam Nujidat, a short-lived employee of an Israeli binary trading firm, testified before Israel’s Knesset last...
Absa may have to pay back apartheid-era bailout billions
Absa may have to pay back apartheid-era bailout billions
Mega-bank Absa could be forced to pay R2.25‑billion to the fiscus for an unlawful apartheid-era bank bailout if a preliminary report by the...
An epic poem from the future
An epic poem from the future
Oh it was grand, our year of 2017
​How to capture a state and escape
​How to capture a state and escape
‘We are accused of having undue in­fluence and of having perpetrated state capture. But the facts speak for themselves: if this is state...
Dishing dirt on Awful Park: The rot at the SABC is finally being exposed
Dishing dirt on Awful Park: The rot at the SABC is finally being exposed
The SABC has failed democracy. Everyone with authority has failed the journalists at the SABC. And executive Hlaudi Motsoeneng – who the...
Queue and A for frustrated drivers
Queue and A for frustrated drivers
The problem, of course, is λ. At any other time of the year λ is sane and reasonable. During the Easter and Christmas holidays, however, when so...
New SA: 'White people sleep on the floor, black people sleep in houses'
New SA: 'White people sleep on the floor, black people sleep in houses'
A fifth of the way into her misleadingly titled book Blacks Do Caravan, Fikile Hlatshwayo makes the opposite of the usual mistake: she...
​‘Goodwill’ Reddy will reap millions
​‘Goodwill’ Reddy will reap millions
NEWS ANALYSISOccasionally controversial and often over-the-top entrepreneur Vivian Reddy, it seemed, had promised to hand out money for...
​Sharemax chronicles continue: ‘Old people die, the fat cats laugh’
​Sharemax chronicles continue: ‘Old people die, the fat cats laugh’
Every few months 70-year-old Glynnis Morris receives a letter from Frontier Asset Management. In broad strokes the letter tells her how well...