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September26

Investor confidence begins at home

President Cyril Ramaphosa is like a moving target for many South Africans. Those who remain wary of the ANC – with reason, of course – but who would like to reach out and hold his hand, hug him, take a morning jog with him, and assure him that they appreciate the good actions he’s taken
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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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April25

Time to renew our national marriage vows

SOMEWHERE in Darfur, the Sudan, or in a small village or town in another part of that country, there is a man, a woman, a child, a family, or a whole community still living in fear, anger, or both. They also live in disappointment and possible despair. They live with this fear, anger, disappointment or
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April19

Cyril, show SA you are sincere

MOST of us will agree that there are people who simply never know how to deal with an apology, or the need to apologise.  Let me list three kinds of such people for the sake of this discussion: Those who apologise, ask for forgiveness, promise never to do it again, and then ask that we
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