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A tweet too far on Singapore

March 23, 2017


Helen Zille, former leader of the opposition Democratic Alliance and premier of South Africa's Western Cape province, tweets that we should look for inspiration to Singapore. Yet this is an authoritarian city state that does not tolerate opposition.

A usurped International Women’s Day

March 8, 2017


It’s the 106th International Women’s Day (IWD) today. And its original goal has been all but usurped by the very elites that IWD was established to oppose.

A Budget by any other name would smell the same

February 23, 2017


THE more things change, the more they stay the same. This applies not only to the latest South African Budget, but to almost all such economic policy statements as finance ministers continually repeat variations on the same failed remedies, apparently in the hope of different outcomes.

Feb 14: It’s Ester Howland’s Day

February 15, 2017


Yesterday, February 14, should not have been in celebration of St Valentine and monogamous, romantic love. It's a day that belongs to Ester Howland and to the celebration entrepreneurship. The mythial Valentine was introduced as a party pooper.

Time to seek the real state of nations

February 11, 2017


This week brought us, in South Africa, another State of the Nation address (SONA) and, like its predecessors, it will probably be best remembered for the fashion parade on parliament’s red carpet and the punch up on the floor of paliament. There was also the usual post speech analysis of what was seen generally as […]

Corporal punishment: let’s learn from history

January 27, 2017


There is nothing new in the still raging debate in South Africa about corporal punishment. During the great student rebellions in 1976, there was widespread rejection of corporal punishment that echoed the approach of the Roman scholar, Quintillian. More than 2 000 years ago, Quintillian argued that corporal punishment was fit only for slaves.

Ideal refuge for a kleptocrat

January 24, 2017


Given reports over the years of the dictatorial behaviour of The Gambia's president, Yahya Jammeh, of the use by his security forces of assassination and torture, along with his apparently liberal access to the national treasury, he has perhaps found, in Equatorial Guinea, his ideal refuge.