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March27

Without a strong brand, SA will lose its global appeal

The processes under way to understand the reach of the horrors visited upon South Africa by the past 10 years of Jacob Zuma’s leadership – for lack of a better word – will continue for many months, perhaps even several years, before a full report of the damage and the role of each enabler will
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October25

Malusi Gigaba must look history in the face

AMBASSADOR Billy Modise, democratic South Africa’s first black high commissioner to Canada and, later, chief of state protocol during former president Thabo Mbeki’s term, once said this to me: “No matter how close to or friendly you are with the people you lead, you must always wear your tie because to them you are always
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September13

State-captured SA is crying out for a second liberation

AT THE dawn of our democracy, soon after the formal end of apartheid and under the leadership of the inimitable Nelson Mandela, we, the people of South Africa, made a number of promises to ourselves, to our fellow Africans on the rest of the continent and to the diaspora, as well as to the rest
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April26

The crisis of a president we cannot dislodge

FOLLOWING interesting presentations by two African diplomats as well as a prominent media personality at a recent seminar in Cape Town, I found myself high and dry, with even more questions and worries than answers. The problem with attending seminars addressed by diplomats, I have come to sort of accept over the years, is that
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December09

Restoring sanity to SA

SINCE the arrival of President Jacob Zuma into office, we’ve spent quite a lot of time and energy focused on the negative. We did this not because we’re a negative people, but because our president came into office followed by all sorts of stuff and people whose impact on our moral well-being and that of
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