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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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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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June27

Is Ramaphosa the ANC’s Trojan horse?

In a recent, telling media interview, Gauteng Premier David Makhura referred to President Cyril Ramaphosa as a great asset for the ANC. He seemed to imply that the ANC would be silly not to ready itself to win the next elections with Ramaphosa at its helm. He was probably correct. The question for the rest
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June06

South Africa, our collective amnesia will kill us

I once wrote here that poverty and lack of education were the biggest enemies of democracy. In hindsight, that list was incomplete, and I apologise. Another enemy of democracy is amnesia, especially collective amnesia. We are not dealing with a nuclear family of enemies of democracy, but an extended one. Now, state capture is gone,
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May16

SA needs a Mandela of our times

IT’S hard to decide whether to blame it entirely on the ten years or so of Jacob Zuma’s presidency, or just in part. But the increasing exposure of the raw racial wounds many of us were persuaded had begun to heal, forever buried underneath the seemingly normalising pigmentation on the surface, is something we should
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