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April19

What Do Other Africans Think of South Africa, The Country/nation brand?

Soon after the end of apartheid and the dawn of South Africa’s new democracy, thousands of African immigrants began flooding into the country from across the Limpopo to look for new opportunities and a new life. They would not do so during apartheid, of course, because South Africa was a pariah state shunned by much
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April19

Cyril, show SA you are sincere

MOST of us will agree that there are people who simply never know how to deal with an apology, or the need to apologise.  Let me list three kinds of such people for the sake of this discussion: Those who apologise, ask for forgiveness, promise never to do it again, and then ask that we
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April11

Only strong institutions can help SA recover

A REGULAR reader of this column recently pointed out to me that it preaches to the converted. “Ordinary South Africans,” he told me, “do not read the stuff you write; they don’t know who you are and, probably, don’t even know that you exist.”  He went on to remind me that the people who read
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April04

Let’s not stray back into our historic laagers

THE ten years of a Zuma presidency have given us ample opportunities to identify the weaknesses we must strengthen in our democratic institutions, to make sure that its spectre never again returns to haunt us.  The sentencing of Vicki Momberg to prison for crimen injuria has placed the spotlight on the festering racial fissures that
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March27

Without a strong brand, SA will lose its global appeal

The processes under way to understand the reach of the horrors visited upon South Africa by the past 10 years of Jacob Zuma’s leadership – for lack of a better word – will continue for many months, perhaps even several years, before a full report of the damage and the role of each enabler will
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