Neels Blom Writer at large

The competition for the most bizarre public statements made during President Cyril Ramaphosa’s first 100 days in office has been hotly contested, as evidenced by the finalists’ top-rated blows to punch-drunk South Africans lurching into the next era of perplexity. To recap, the criteria designed by an element of the Upper Jukskei Flyfishing Collective are, in diminishing weighting, shrinking fishing grounds, subterfuge and denial. To win, a candidate’s statement must demonstrate the highest degree of effect in each of the categories. As always, the private sector has made a valiant effort, praise the dream of a free market.Consider, for instance, the submission to communications regulator Icasa by MultiChoice CEO Calvo Mawela over the unfairness of unregulated competition from nonbroadcast streamers such as Netflix, followed by this: "If you keep on trying to regulate us more and more, they are going to destroy the TV industry overall." MultiChoice and Mawela deserve a Commended Awa...

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