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September19

Elections: Holding out for a hero

It was recently announced that DA leader Mmusi Maimane was considering standing for the premiership of the Western Cape – a decision that has since been revoked.  At the time, this relatively low-hanging provincial fruit did appear to be rather a strange goal. It begged the questions: Why would he do it? For his party or
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September12

The silent taxodus

Something in me wants to reach out and give a hug to our well-meaning and indefatigable Finance Minister, Nhlanhla Nene, each time I hear him repeat to an audience of the converted that there is a looming possibility of government failing yet again to reach its tax revenue collection targets at the end of the
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August29

Don’t let Vytjie stand alone

I’ve seen several social media discussions noting apparent inconsistencies in Vytjie Mentor’s submission to the State Capture Commission of Inquiry. These have suggested her memory may be failing her, resulting in her being unsure of some of her facts.  Some have said she seemed nervous at times, giving more detail than was required. It’s no
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August22

Without hindsight, we are at the mercy of the unpredictable

Ahead of Nelson Mandela’s retirement from politics, many people in South Africa and around the world were worried that South Africa would regress following his departure, as his successors progressively undid the sterling work he had done keeping a very divided country together. Some even dared to suggest that the moment Mandela died, the ANC
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August16

SA, so much is still at stake

President Cyril Ramaphosa reminds me of Myron Rusk, a dear Canadian friend and world traveller who passed away a number of years ago. Myron used to describe the USA as a moving target.  “For every bad thing you pull out to criticise US action around the world,” he used to caution, “someone else will pull
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