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In memory of O.R. Tambo

October 27, 2017

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Today we salute the memory of Oliver Reginald — O. R. — Tambo, intellectual and idealist with an iron will who held together the disparate “broad church” of the ANC in exile. October 27 is 100 years since the birth of of this honest, but pragmatic politician, who saw unity of the movement as the […]

Why so many SA rugby fans support the NZ All Blacks

October 10, 2017

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There is a long an sometimes bitter history behind the fact that so many South African rugby fans — especially in the Eastern and Western Cape — support New Zealand's All Blacks against South Africa's Springbok team. And that support seems likely to ontinue.

Iqbal Survé: a fantasist lashes out again

August 4, 2017

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That “other Mandela doctor” — putative media tycoon Iqbal Survé — is at it again. Survé who once professed to have been the personal physician to Nelson Mandela, surfaced with another diatribe last week which did nothing to answer the questions about his various fantastic claims to fame and fortune.

How chaos came to the “Roof of the World”

May 29, 2017

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"We knocked the bastard off," Ed Hillary remarked when he and Tenzing Norgay returned from conquering the world's highest peak. They never saw what their triumph would mean, given the the fortuitous timing of the ascent of Mt Everest.

De Klerk ‘a problem with national dialogue’

May 8, 2017

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Why the inclusion of former apartheid president FW de Klerk is a millstone around the neck of the "national dialogue" initiative about the future of South Africa launched by former ANC president, Thabo Mbeki.

A strike that favours all road users

April 12, 2017

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South African bus commuters stranded today as a result of a national transport strike should bear in mind one important fact: this strike is in aid of the commuting public almost as much as it is in support of the drivers.

How ‘the people’ can capture the state

April 9, 2017

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Direct democracy, a system where the citizens as a whole have control over their lives and welfare is not only desirable, it is possible, given the very technology that is now destroying jobs. But it requires education and organisation.