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February20

Let’s rewrite the script this year, Minister Mboweni

About three years ago, following the unmasking and subsequent demise of Bell Pottinger at the bitter height of the Zupta-led state capture, the ANC’s spokesperson at the time went onto all media interviews he could attend to express disgust at this foreign company that arrived here to sow racial division and – wait for this
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February16

President Ramaphosa needs to lead South Africa from the front

A few weeks ago, President Ramaphosa stated that the 2019 general elections will be more important than the historic, racially inclusive, elections that ushered in our post-apartheid democratic order, in 1994.  I disagreed with him then and I still do so now. But I will agree to a point if what he meant was that the 2019
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February13

SA is in muddy waters – and elections won’t help

Just over a year ago, before the ANC’s 2017 elective conference that helped us start seeing the back of Zuma – well, more or less – and usher-in a ‘New Dawn’ of sorts, many South Africans were a lot more certain about whom they’d vote against and for than they seem to be today. DA voters were still as convinced that Mmusi Maimane stood a good chance of becoming the country’s
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February08

SONA 2019 well delivered: Now it’s time for action, Mr. Ramaphosa

Many South Africans and other observers often argue, with reason, that former president Jacob Zuma has lowered the presidential leadership to the lowest level ever.  It should therefore not be hard for anyone to outperform him in anything presidential, from delivering speeches, coherently and consistently leading cabinet teams, to representing the country at various bilateral and multilateral
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February06

Silence isn’t patriotic – it’s emotional blackmail

In recent months I have been invited to at least three different events organised by different civil society and social justice movements. At the core of the discussions, in all of them, was the desire to find a way to pull back some of the powers that were too trustingly – even naively – handed
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