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January17

Davos 2018: Real progress or just another wasteful junket?

IT’s that time of the year again when impressive, colourful PowerPoint presentations replete with embedded country video clips, photographs, plans to stabilise and grow the economy, figures projecting expected GDP growth, etc are all prepared ahead of the annual World Economic Forum gathering in the canton of Graubünden, just outside Davos, Switzerland, to impress the
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January10

Forging a new way to build a better South Africa

IT SEEMS like South Africans will soon need to wake up to the truth that Cyril Ramaphosa and his confusing top six leadership team were elected for two things, and two things only: the first is to prevent the ANC from splitting at any cost, and the second is to ensure that it retains political
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January03

The treacherous road to 2019: Whither opposition parties?

THE countdown to the 2019 general elections has begun. Cyril Ramaphosa, the new ANC president, has his work cut out for him. Imperfect as it is, the ANC’s new ‘Greek salad’ leadership will keep the governing party together for a while, even though no one can tell for sure how long this cohabitation of the good, the bad and the horrific will last,
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December28

Will Ramaphosa V deliver?

THE life of Cyril Ramaphosa, just like that of any adult who has been around for several decades, can be divided into several phases. However, for the sake of this discussion I shall focus on the five that mark his life in the public glare. The fifth of these has just begun. It will most
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December20

Ramaphosa et al: Is the ANC serious about renewal?

ONE would ask to be forgiven for confusing the euphoria that followed the election of Cyril Ramaphosa to the presidency of the ANC for an event all South Africans should celebrate as theirs. After all, the rand recovered by some four cents against the US dollar before falling slightly back again, following the announcement, and
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