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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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February04

Can South Africa go into the future with Eskom as it is?

  Many role players in the local energy sector continue to second guess policy makers while waiting for the completion and adoption of the final Integrated Resources Plan (IRP). This is the plan that should serve as a basis for SA’s spending decisions on energy. The energy sector, possibly because of its strategic importance and
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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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January16

Are South Africans being played?

President Cyril Ramaphosa declared over the weekend that the 2019 elections would be more important than the historic 1994 ones; the ones that marked a new beginning for South Africa following many years of brutal apartheid.  It is unclear if he really meant this, or if it’s something he said while still caught up in
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November21

Post-Guptas, a great deal must still fall

My heart missed a beat, probably even two, when I read recently that some ANC members are planning a comeback for Malusi Gigaba in our national politics.  This is despite many unanswered questions still hanging over his head, concerning his alleged role in facilitating the appointment of Gupta-anointed enablers in the boards and executive management
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