To whom it may concern …

To those who noticed, apologies I disappeared without so much as a by-your-leave or hint of explanation. Two pressures and one anxiety drove my precipitous descent into silence. The first was increasing time constraints that led me to be largely republishing here bespoke material a few weeks after those who had paid for it had seen it. AndContinue reading “To whom it may concern …”

Is the ANC beyond redemption … yet

On my return on Sunday from 10 days relaxing in and around the unparalleled Lake Malawi a friend took me aside and said he had visited my blog and found only cobwebs, spiders and dust. Forgive me. So putting my shoulders back and girding my loins I logged on to deal with the decay and sayContinue reading “Is the ANC beyond redemption … yet”

Top ranked in the Political Trends and Industrial Relations category In the Financial Mail 2014 survey

The Financial Mail recently conducted its annual survey of the fund management industry’s ranking of the broker analysts  in South Africa. As I have mentioned previously I find it faintly awkward crowing about it here. However, in the spirit of our age of frenzied self-promotion, I feel compelled to share with you the fact that I topped the rankingContinue reading “Top ranked in the Political Trends and Industrial Relations category In the Financial Mail 2014 survey”

Madonsela, EFF’s red beret shortage, election estimates and more

I will make a decision on the caption competition soon, but meanwhile here is my latest news update and summary – the Madonsela story continues to grow and, frankly, should be encouraged to. The Public Protector clashes with Zuma’s security chiefs On Friday state security agencies abandoned their urgent interdict in the North Gauteng highContinue reading “Madonsela, EFF’s red beret shortage, election estimates and more”

Top ranked political analyst in the Financial Mail survey

In this age of frenzied self-promotion I should be more comfortable about this, so let me just come out and say it: I was top ranked in the Political Trends and Industrial Relations category at the Financial Mail Analyst of the Year Awards last week. Every year since 1977 the Financial Mail has sent aContinue reading “Top ranked political analyst in the Financial Mail survey”

Top ranked political analyst in FM survey

There are not many medals of honour, accolades, gold stars and trophies in the political analysis business (and quite right too), but I achieved an acknowledgement last week of which I am particularly proud. Once a year the Financial Mail commissions a poll of the top 30 or so South African asset managers (life assurers, retirement and pension funds, private clientContinue reading “Top ranked political analyst in FM survey”

Content removed

A few days ago I published a link here to an e-tolling interview I did on CNBC Africa that someone put on YouTube. The post received several interesting comments about an aside I made on more than one occasion during the interview that I thought users paying directly for infrastructure  is probably a more efficient method than taking the fundingContinue reading “Content removed”

Housekeeping, MTN, Iran, US secret power, Zimbabwe, Malema and the Interminable Mangaung

Right. I have got to find a way of continuing to populate this website. The reasons posts are becoming infrequent and irregular is that almost every day I produce bespoke and paid for research. I have less time every week to write specifically for nicborain.wordpress.com … except the occasional philosophical musings, which probably have a … very specific?Continue reading “Housekeeping, MTN, Iran, US secret power, Zimbabwe, Malema and the Interminable Mangaung”

The ANC’s surprising return to form

Anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis will have noticed two things. The first is that the number of posts have tailed off. This is largely because my time has been taken up with paid work and the website has slipped down the list of priorities in the imperative to pay the bills.Continue reading “The ANC’s surprising return to form”

Top ranked political analyst in FM survey

This is faintly awkward for me, so I put it right there in the headline – leading with my chin, so to speak. I run this blog for a number of reasons: It’s a discipline – it forces me to think about the political news flow; I am, in principle, in favour of deepening politicalContinue reading “Top ranked political analyst in FM survey”

New WordPress email subscription button for Nic Borain

Apologies for this  purely administrative post … and I will probably be mentioning this again in general posts over the next few weeks. We all used to love google because it was sparky and feisty and seemed to be fighting the deathly old Goliath Microsoft. Well that was then. The new Goliath google has messedContinue reading “New WordPress email subscription button for Nic Borain”