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July18

Will SA always need Mandela?

By the time you read this piece, one of the few world leaders to still make a lot of sense when he opens his mouth, former US president Barack Obama, would have addressed a crowd of some 14 000 people – including our own president, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.   I would
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July11

SA’s critical case of broken telephone

South Africa, like all other countries, sends messages to the rest of the world all the time. Some of these messages are intended, through all forms of country promotional campaigns, to attract tourists and investors. Others are not intended to be sent out there. But they find their way out there, nonetheless, thanks to social
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July05

New dawn or harsh reawakening – what route will SA take?

Last week, ahead of the most recent Knysna Cycle Tour, I took my road bike in for a routine cleaning, check-up and oiling to make sure it would not fail me during the course of the planned 115km race. I do this ahead of all major cycling events. But, unlike on other similar occasions over
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June27

Is Ramaphosa the ANC’s Trojan horse?

In a recent, telling media interview, Gauteng Premier David Makhura referred to President Cyril Ramaphosa as a great asset for the ANC. He seemed to imply that the ANC would be silly not to ready itself to win the next elections with Ramaphosa at its helm. He was probably correct. The question for the rest
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June20

Nip nascent fascism in the bud, SA

Many of us have heard of populations in other parts of the world that have known fascism and brutality by some against others either claiming, later in life, not to have known what was done to others in their name and for their comfort, or of having been too scared to act even when they
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