Not that South Africa could benefit much from any more protectionism than it already has imposed through it's twisted labour policies, but perhaps they should send a representative or two to France to learn about what trade unions should be lobbying for and protesting about at the moment.
ps: it is interesting to note that about half these 1600 odd comments claim the BBC is pro-Israel and the remaining claim a pro-Palestinian bent in some form or other - that's a sizeable sample to indicate if anything, that the BBC reporting in this instance is certainly fair and balanced!
Read some interesting commentary on the Wonkie cartoon blog on the financial bailout structure options for Mr Obama. In particular, there was a reference to nationalising banks in trouble which I think is one of the best ways forward to restore credibility for banks - counterintuitive as it may sound for the short-term. The view on the blog was similar to economist Paul Krugman's article on Wall Street Voodoo discussing the need for greater transparency and simplicity in structuring the bailout packages.
The nationalised banks would necessarily be resold to a new set of owners once their books are set straight. These new owners would by default (pardon the pun) be purchasing banks that would be recognised as having a more solid foundation with supporting regulatory measures having assumed been put in place during their restructuring. As things currently stand I would not fault consumers for preferring to keep their cash under their matresses at home.