News flash Bureaucracy at its Best

News Flash – Bureaucracy at its Best

This past week saw bureaucracy at its best. From the BRICS summit in South Africa to the EU and America deciding to leave their trade relationship essentially the same. Theresa May continued to battle with the woe that is Brexit, and Zimbabweans are all set to have their first truly democratic election on Monday.

News flash News Flash - Trade War Looms

News Flash – Trade War Looms

There is heightened concern around the world this week, again, regarding a global trade war and the potential impact it could have on economic growth. The net effect of Trump’s policies, should they last, and the universal retaliation will be negative, with no real winners.

News flash News Flash - Hermits and Heroes

News Flash – Hermits and Heroes

Internationally this was a momentous week. Donald Trump removed America’s support from the G-7 Summit Statement, creating tension with some of America’s most powerful allies. Trump also met with Kim Jong-un, the first time an American President has met with a leader from the Hermit Kingdom.

News flash the Global Tribulations of Leadership

News Flash – The Global Tribulations of Leadership

This week left most South African’s shocked as the GDP results for the first quarter of this year shrank unexpectedly by 2.2%. This was due to a multitude of factors, partly because of the falloff in the resource sector. Additionally, it has influenced the relatively volatile week, as the rand weakened, hitting R13.25 to the…

News flash News Flash - Trade, Tariffs, and Trouble

News Flash – Tariffs, Trade, and Trouble

Michael Power, a strategist at Investec, has written an interesting piece on what he considers to be the Fourth Industrial Revolution to be (it is not AI). He says that every such Revolution has been linked to a power source – steam, electrical, computer – and so the Revolution would be driven by access to…

News flash Switching roles

News Flash – A Switch in Roles

It is interesting to see the international political environment unfold. The US has gone from a country that was the leader of international diplomacy and has turned towards isolationism and protectionism. While Russia and China, traditionally isolated countries, are coming to the fore of negotiations, communication, and diplomacy. Is this potentially a foreshadowing of future…