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September11

Will Cyril Ramaphosa hand South Africa back to us?

Niël Barnard, apartheid’s last spy boss, wrote in his interesting book Secret Revolution – Memoirs of a Spy Boss that seismic political change was coming.  He describes the above words as more or less what he said to the then State President PW Botha in May 1998 after the latter asked him to head-up a small government team
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August08

SA politics: Same thing over and over, expecting different results

The ANC has been in power so long that it is becoming hard for many to imagine South Africa being governed differently or by any other political formation.  Many of the challenges we have faced since the dawn of our democracy persist despite, arguably, an accumulation of billions of rands being thrown at them over
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July25

Why SA needs a reputation reset

Delegates at the 2018 Stellenbosch Business Tourism Indaba came from all over the country and from as far afield as Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom and Denmark.   While the main theme of the Indaba was “business tourism”, which has the MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences, and Events) basket of sub-sectors at its core, business tourism is
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July18

Will SA always need Mandela?

By the time you read this piece, one of the few world leaders to still make a lot of sense when he opens his mouth, former US president Barack Obama, would have addressed a crowd of some 14 000 people – including our own president, Cyril Ramaphosa, at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg.   I would
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July11

SA’s critical case of broken telephone

South Africa, like all other countries, sends messages to the rest of the world all the time. Some of these messages are intended, through all forms of country promotional campaigns, to attract tourists and investors. Others are not intended to be sent out there. But they find their way out there, nonetheless, thanks to social
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