Google, Huawei, and the Trump factor

26 May 2019

On 19 May, news broke that Alphabet Inc, owners of Google, had suspended business with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.

The ban extended to all of Google’s hardware, software and technical services except those publicly available via open source licensing.

The announcement did not have much impact until people began to realise that this included the Android operating system and the Google Play Store . This triggered a substantial amount of outrage, mainly directed at Google.

When motives become the news

16 December 2018

In 2003, when I was Executive Producer of news at e.tv, we were approached by a high-ranking ANC official with the startling allegation that then National Director of Public Prosecutions, Bulelani Ngcuka, had been an apartheid era police spy.

Given the sensitivity of the allegation, our then Editor-in-Chief, Joe Thloloe (to this day, one of the most respected journalists on this continent), took it upon himself to investigate the story.

In pursuit of win-win

1 January 2017

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A guy flies from Johannesburg to Hong Kong to get his suits bespoke tailored there because he’s crunched the numbers and has worked out that it would actually be significantly cheaper to do so than buying from the Hugo Boss store in Sandton City.

So he stops by to pick up the finished product and is impressed by the impeccable sartorial elegance. He tries to strike a pose in front of the full-length mirror, and his hands instead slip down the sides of his trousers. He turns to the tailor bewildered.

Unlikely bedfellows, the DA and EFF have much to do

7 August 2016

In the build-up to the 2014 national elections, Advocate Dali Mpofu, representing the then newly-formed Economic Freedom Fighters, was a guest on my radio station’s weekly current affairs show. We chatted briefly in the parking lot thereafter, and I posed the question: “If you end up doing well and driving the ANC below 50 percent in some areas, would you consider going into coalition with them?”

“Never,” he said quite decisively, indicating that he thought that would be the kiss of death for the new party.

Richest lost billions, but UK will stabilise

26 June 2016

The world’s 400 richest people collectively lost $127 billion on Friday when it became clear that a majority of UK voters had opted to leave the European Union.

That figure from the Bloomberg Billionaire Index is equivalent to almost half of South Africa’s GDP — wiped out in a day.

My front row seat to history...

25 March 2015

Post celebrated its 60th birthday and invited me to contribute to its anniversary edition. Here's what I submitted.

Live long... In our memory

5 March 2015

Leonard Nimoy, who played the iconic half-human half-alien first officer of the starship Enterprise, passed away a week ago. Kanthan Pillay reflects on the lasting impact of  Star Trek.

Why let China dictate our lives?

5 October 2014

Surely we South Africans should be free to invite whomever we choose into our homes? And that includes the Dalai Lama.