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October11

What are you trying to tell us, Mr President?

My journey to understand the man who is busy completing Jacob Zuma’s unfinished presidential term continues. This while he leads the party to whom they both belong, to what promises to be another watershed general election in 2019.  Several months after he managed to urge Zuma to step aside so that he could launch a
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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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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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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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