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March02

SA tourism can still knock it out of the park – but we have big competitors

Walking around and talking to people at the SA Tourism-hosted annual Meetings Africa event in Sandton, one could easily forget all the usual noises that make many of us feel like a defeated nation and focus instead on the things that work.  The Sandton Convention Centre, where this event is held, suddenly feels like Noah’s
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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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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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February04

Why the DA needs a coach for the election race

The Democratic Alliance is like an athlete who does relatively well for the major part of a 56km ultra-marathon – despite a small cramp here and there – and, as they near the finish line, around the 53km mark, they begin to lose focus and falter, forgetting what they entered the race for in the
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November07

But can you be ruthless, Mr President?

There has been an avalanche of positive hype emanating from several gatherings addressed by President Ramaphosa in recent weeks: the investment summit, the jobs summit, the Discovery Leadership Summit, several walks in communities across the country to address issues of crime, women and children’s rights, as well as the influential company he keeps in the
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