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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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June20

Nip nascent fascism in the bud, SA

Many of us have heard of populations in other parts of the world that have known fascism and brutality by some against others either claiming, later in life, not to have known what was done to others in their name and for their comfort, or of having been too scared to act even when they
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May23

Gerrie Nel: Out of the reputational frying pan into the fire

South Africa was almost split in half when Gerrie Nel left the National Prosecutions Authority a little over a year ago, ostensibly frustrated by a combination of the suspected reluctance and the inexplicably slow pace of the NPA in going after politically connected suspects for various forms of crime.  At the time, Media 24 announced
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May13

South Africa: A journey towards sustainable recovery

THE successful launch of the Brand Summit South Africa in Cape Town last week opened up much-needed discussions about the evolving country/nation brand image of South Africa since the dawn of our young – and decidedly fragile – democracy in the early 1990s.  Delegates to the summit came from all over South Africa and from as
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