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December06

South Africa is more than just the ANC

IT IS the strangest of times when we South Africans await with much trepidation, and no longer mere curiosity, the outcome of an ANC elective conference.  We all sit here, wondering whether the choices delegates will make will spew hellfires or torrential rains. We’re reduced to arguing among ourselves as to which one of the
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November29

Urgent action starts here: The letter Zuma will never write

FELLOW South Africans, I know, I know; it has taken me almost ten years to come to this. But please trust me, this letter comes from the heart, following deep, serious introspection on my part. I couldn’t go on pretending not to hear the loud cries any more. So, a few weeks ago, I decided to
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November22

SA eyes Zimbabwe with a mixture of hope and trepidation

FOR some of us here in South Africa, the temptation has been too strong to resist looking over the fence into Zimbabwe, like kids who have learned that their friends next door have just been given the latest tech toy we also desperately want to have.  We’re like kids who are desperate to see for
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November15

Emulate Mandela – don’t tarnish his legacy

SOMEONE I know, a senior employee in a government owned entity, said this during a recent dinner conversation: “The biggest mistake we made at the dawn of our democracy was to iconise Nelson Mandela by placing him at the centre of everything South African, as if this country would be nothing without him.  “We got
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November09

Amid state capture, SA needs social justice revival

WITH every new book that gets published on South Africa, the depth and reach of organised corruption and the capture of our country’s key institutions by all levels of corrupt state employees gets exposed.  And going by the extent of the rot, especially given that every new piece of information reveals more dots ostensibly leading
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