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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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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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February24

Battle for the soul of SA’s democracy far from over

I WATCHED the interview of Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and his Deputy, Mcebisi Jonas, on Monday evening’s screening of The Justice Factor on eNCA.  Given the jackals and hyenas ominously circling around them – now familiar occurrences in the days leading to the delivery of budget speeches by Gordhan since his return to the finance
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March16

ANC can’t afford to function in silos

IT HAS always been said, and most of us have come to accept, that the ruling African National Congress is like a broad church which, while apparently held together by a strong historical glue, is also characterised by occasional philosophical skirmishes that are often on the verge of tearing it apart.  Breakaway groups have been
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March02

An attack on Gordhan is a strike against SA

WE either have a president with incompetent advisers who have never heard the expression ‘scenario planning’, or one who refuses to take their counsel. Alternatively, they’re too scared to look him in the face and put their foot down when he’s about to make another blunder – assuming he discusses his plans with them before
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