Martin van Staden of the Free Market Foundation appealed to MultiChoice not to become involved in cronyism and pervert our economic system (Cronies out to nail Netflix, Friday, July 13). He is right. But he is also too generous. The noises emanating from MultiChoice about Netflix are more than cronyism. They are the desperate cries of a dinosaur trying to prevent its extinction. The mob justice tactics we have been seeing from the metered taxi association is just a more crass, dangerous and illegal version of the same thing. Metered taxis cannot compete with Uber and so the only alternative, it would appear, is to beat drivers and smash windscreens. The job losses and inability to compete across various industries should be giving our government sleepless nights. Instead it is pandering to populist sloganeering as the rest of the world upskills in time for transformation of the digital kind. MultiChoice should step back and admit that it has been disrupted, legitimately so, by an ag...
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