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April18

The impunity in the veins of South African politics

So, Ace Magashule gets away with it again, at least for now. But we shouldn’t hold our breath because this seems like it will be a very long “for now” that, if ever nipped in the bud, it will not be stopped by anyone in the leadership of the governing African National Congress or its member base. 
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April17

SA could punch way above its weight in global negotiations

It is known internationally that most voters in other countries do not generally make their electoral choices based on the promises made to them on foreign policy. Even American voters – whose country’s global presence remains, arguably, more influential than most – are not always knowledgeable about the world beyond the borders of their country.
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April14

South Africa’s 2019 election: Political promises and the time ahead

Soon after taking over from the one whose name I shall not mention, in early 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa undertook a trip to London, United Kingdom, where he attended a gathering of leaders from Common wealth countries, around the world.  South Africa seemed to begin to rise from the ashes of a decade long state
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April14

SA needs stronger institutions – then corrupt leaders won’t be a problem

SA needs a holistic approach to rebuilding its economy; not a piecemeal one – and the rebuilding cannot rely on the shoulders of one man or woman alone; it should be systemic. Or to put it another way, If SA had more powerful institutions, it wouldn’t need to put so much stock in individual people to keep its
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April03

We’ve been touched on our money

A few years ago, after addressing the corporate communications team of a Sandton-based big company on ‘corporate reputation management’, their boss, a lady, offered to take me to lunch so that we could continue our discussions about possible future consultation for her team.  As soon as we had sat down and our drinks were brought
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