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January23

SA may be open for business – but will its story sell?

In a recent TV interview, I heard the news anchor note that the bar for reputational tolerance seems to have been lowered in much of the contemporary world. By implication, it seems, we shouldn’t be surprised if standards have dropped in SA, because this appears to be the case even in major democracies whose systems
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January22

Will South African voters be rational or emotional in 2019?

The crescendo of post-apartheid bad behaviour, either through the abuse of political office or other manners of corruption by powerful South African politicians, especially those who belong to the governing African National Congress, can be said to have begun with the notorious Arms Deal in the 1990s. One could be forgiven for suspecting that they
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January16

Are South Africans being played?

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared over the weekend that the 2019 elections would be more important than the historic 1994 ones; the ones that marked a new beginning for South Africa following many years of brutal apartheid.  It is unclear if he really meant this, or if it’s something he said while still caught up in
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January14

SA, Zuma and our missed opportunities

Many of us watched helplessly as former president Jacob Zuma, his Gupta handlers and their large army of enablers piloted South Africa into a sure socio-economic and political nose-dive.   We were not the only ones.  Friends of South Africa and other interested people in parts of Africa and the diaspora, around the world, remained
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November21

Post-Guptas, a great deal must still fall

My heart missed a beat, probably even two, when I read recently that some ANC members are planning a comeback for Malusi Gigaba in our national politics.  This is despite many unanswered questions still hanging over his head, concerning his alleged role in facilitating the appointment of Gupta-anointed enablers in the boards and executive management
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