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Riaan de Lange

Riaan de Lange


This economic and trade-focused column is prepared by Riaan de Lange – riaan@tariffandtrade.co.za. The views expressed in this column are the author's personal views

Opportunities from the Indian Ocean Rim

24th March 2017 Indian Ocean Rim Association Well, this certainly is a blast from the past. It was a long time ago. I had just joined the then South African Chamber of Business (Sacob) – on March 1, 1995 – and, within a few days, I was jetting off to Mauritius. I thought that I had hit the big time, and yes, the... 

Brexit – let it be

17th March 2017 Having taken evasive action, leaving the tourists on the streets of London by escaping down a small passage way - an alley if you will - our group of seven-odd walkers ended up in front of a vintage store front - 13 Masons Yard, St. James’ to be exact. We are not off the unbeaten track, anything... 

The Oscars gaffe

10th March 2017 To Cue Humor Bedlam from the ‘Near Impossible’ If there is one thing that I remember vividly about my grandmother, taken from us far too soon, was her preference to caveat anything that she, in her words, “did not want to jinx” with the words “touch wood”. After having said these two words, she... 

It’s time up for the WTO and globalisation

3rd March 2017 "Who would've thought, it figures … Well, isn't this nice. And isn't it ironic, don't you think” – to borrow (okay, this may be misappropriate) a few verses from Alanis Morissette’s third song, Ironic, which features on her iconic Jagged Little Pill album, released about 21 years ago. Yes, that... 

Gibraltar – a major Brexit casualty?

24th February 2017 On the south-western tip of Europe, on the Iberian Peninsula, at the entrance to the Mediterranean Sea, lies a British overseas territory (formerly known as a colony) that is all of 6.7km2 in area. It even has a straight named after it. The territory is call Gibraltar. If you view it from a... 

Life is just a game of inches

17th February 2017 It is Super Bowl Sunday, the day on which the National Football League (NFL) yearly championship is played in the US. Well, where I am, it is close to midnight, with Monday only minutes away as I prepare to watch Super Bowl LI (‘LI’ being the Roman numerals for 51). The New England Patriots are... 

Those who cannot do . . . talk

10th February 2017 You may well be acquainted with the adage 'He who can, does; he who cannot, teaches' from George Bernard Shaw’s 1903 play, Man and Superman, Maxims for Revolutionists: Education. But it no longer holds true for South Africa for several reasons, the most prominent being that I do not know of... 

South Africans or self-interest first?

3rd February 2017 I woke to bad news recently, being immediately reminded of a television series that has undisputed longevity and is a personification of both innovation and trailblazing. It is the BBC’s 1980s classic, Allo 'Allo! Unless you are of a single-digit age, or a recent arrival to the third rock from... 

Blue Monday or Brew Monday?

27th January 2017 It is Monday, January 16, the third Monday of the month and of 2017. Does this day have any significance, you might ask? Well, it is said to be the most depressing day of this year. So, with this Blue Monday out of the way, the remaining days of 2017 should be much better, and future Blue Mondays... 

Education – another Christmas pass or past?

20th January 2017 The Chinese have a saying that goes: Expect this year to be worse than last year, but better than next year. No, it is not, as you might have assumed, attributable to the infamous Chinese teacher, politician and philosopher, Confucius, to whom such profound insights are usually attributable and... 

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