Daily Archives: April 17, 2017

South Africa: Malusi Gigaba’s New Economic Advisor Will Be Used As a Battering Ram in Battles With National Treasury

The Minister of Finance, Malusi Gigaba’s, reported controversial appointment of Professor Chris Malikane as his economic advisor should come as no surprise in South Africa.

The minister set out his political agenda in his maiden press conference on 01 April 2017, which includes: transforming the economy by implementing “radical economic transformation”; and transforming National Treasury because it is dominated by “orthodox economists, big business, powerful interests and international investors”.

The appointment of Professor Chris Malikane, who appears to have been trained at the “Hugo Chavez School of Economics”, is entirely understandable and a logical consequence of the minister’s political agenda, to implement “radical economic transformation” and to take on orthodox economists at National Treasury.

The fact is that Professor Chris Malikane has been appointed precisely because he is an unorthodox economist and he will be used as a ministerial battering ram in coming battles with orthodox economists at National Treasury.

In the end, Professor Chris Malikane’s appointment will reinforce the perception held by the ratings agencies that there will be major shifts in economic policy, which will shake investor confidence and contribute to a ratings downgrade of South Africa.

Source: Democratic Alliance

AFRICAN RHINO HORN SMUGGLERS DETAINED IN SOUTHERN VIETNAM

HO CHI MINH CITY, Vietnam April 17 (NNN-Xinhua) — A Vietnamese woman and a man were detained at Tan Son Nhat international airport in Ho Chi Minh City after their luggage bags were found to have hidden five kilograms of rhino horns worth nearly USD 270,000.

The detainees, Nguyen Thi Thao from central Phu Yen province, and Phung Anh Quan from northern Vinh Phuc province, on Friday night flew to Vietnam from Africa, the Ho Chi Minh City Customs Department said on Sunday, adding that the horns were cut into pieces and hidden in different items in their luggage bags.

The horns were from a very rare species of African two-horned rhino, and could be sold at over 6 billion Vietnamese dong (USD 269,000) on the black market.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK