On Tuesday the International Monetary Fund, that old capitalist Bretton Woods, US-dominated, structural adjustment programme imposer, told South Africa that our unions are too strong, demand too much, and stand in the way of economic growth.
It also said that we need real structural change to our economy, and that government should implement the National Development Plan forthwith, immediately, and without delay. Clearly they spend more time talking to our economists than our politicians. Because Cosatu simply isn't going to let it happen. Or is it?
Of all the debates we have in South Africa, whether it be about what the Alliance calls the National Question (and the rest of us call race-based quotas in cricket teams), or whether Heyneke Meyer should just give up and put Pat Lambie in the starting line-up for Saturday's Test against the All Blacks [how did that reference to rugby get in there? - Ed], the debate about unions, job creation, and economic growth is the most important.
If the economy is booming, everything else becomes more manageable. People stop fighting about affirmative action if everyone is getting a job. Even losing to the All Blacks is somehow easier [There it...