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February16

President Ramaphosa needs to lead South Africa from the front

A few weeks ago, President Ramaphosa stated that the 2019 general elections will be more important than the historic, racially inclusive, elections that ushered in our post-apartheid democratic order, in 1994.  I disagreed with him then and I still do so now. But I will agree to a point if what he meant was that the 2019
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February13

SA is in muddy waters – and elections won’t help

Just over a year ago, before the ANC’s 2017 elective conference that helped us start seeing the back of Zuma – well, more or less – and usher-in a ‘New Dawn’ of sorts, many South Africans were a lot more certain about whom they’d vote against and for than they seem to be today. DA voters were still as convinced that Mmusi Maimane stood a good chance of becoming the country’s
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February08

SONA 2019 well delivered: Now it’s time for action, Mr. Ramaphosa

Many South Africans and other observers often argue, with reason, that former president Jacob Zuma has lowered the presidential leadership to the lowest level ever.  It should therefore not be hard for anyone to outperform him in anything presidential, from delivering speeches, coherently and consistently leading cabinet teams, to representing the country at various bilateral and multilateral
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January23

SA may be open for business – but will its story sell?

In a recent TV interview, I heard the news anchor note that the bar for reputational tolerance seems to have been lowered in much of the contemporary world. By implication, it seems, we shouldn’t be surprised if standards have dropped in SA, because this appears to be the case even in major democracies whose systems
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January22

Will South African voters be rational or emotional in 2019?

The crescendo of post-apartheid bad behaviour, either through the abuse of political office or other manners of corruption by powerful South African politicians, especially those who belong to the governing African National Congress, can be said to have begun with the notorious Arms Deal in the 1990s. One could be forgiven for suspecting that they
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