December 13, 2013
Myths can often be easily shattered, the shards of half truths, of falsehoods and exaggerations tending to bury the real merit on which they were based. So let it not be with Mandela.
December 5, 2013
Fudging and delay. That was what emerged from yesterday’s eagerly awaited Cosatu press conference. As a result, the questions about the future of suspended general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the prospect of a Special National Congress (SNC) remained unanswered. And it soon became obvious, as the conference progressed, that the reason for the fudging and […]
December 4, 2013
Initial feature published in the Bulletin&Record, Zambia. Is Nelson Mandela dead? Did he die as early perhaps as June 11 and was then maintained in a “permanent vegetative state” only by means of a life support machine? And if he did effectively die, as now seems possible, within days or weeks of his admission to […]
November 28, 2013
One element lacking in the current debates about what is going on in Cosatu is any sense of recent history. Because there is nothing really new in the current spate of political bloodletting, in the bitterness and the backstabbing. The rationale behind the suspension of Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the resignation this week […]
November 26, 2013
Politics stinks. These days in South Africa, this is a fairly common view. But, in the North West province in recent months, the expression has had a very real resonance. Because, especially as summer has begun to dawn, the seats of political power in the province have become decidedly smelly. So much so, that various […]
November 15, 2013
The road crash massacre on the Moloto Road in Mpumalanga this week provides an horrific portent for the annual festive season slaughter on the highways and byways of South Africa. Perhaps it is finally time time for some serious action to be taken to remedy the situation.
November 7, 2013
Christmas is coming to a world city so it is perhaps time to ask who built it, who is losing out, who is getting fat — and how and why this happens.