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Marikana — and the wheels keep coming off

August 18, 2018

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In 2010, as he was reaching the end of his days, Henry Makgothi, former South African treason trialist and former deputy secretary general of the ANC, confided sadly: “I fear the wheels are coming off.” He was referring to the apparent inability of the vehicle of government to act fairly and decisively as nepotism and […]

Nelson Mandela’s views in 1993

July 18, 2018

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In the first internationally published commentary, written for, and approved by, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandea in January 1993, he outlined his views about current events and the future. These seem pertinent today, on the centenary of his birth, when his legacy is being debated and various groups and individuals attempt to lay claim to it.

So much talk, so little sense

May 4, 2018

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South Africa has experienced a veritable cascade of words from public platforms over recent weeks — not least on May Day — that seemed to reveal that, while so much has been said it has all contributed very little to any real understanding. A lack of honest, open, discussion seems to have reached crisis proportions.

ANC leadership: change, but no change

December 19, 2017

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Looked at in isolation, the election of the ANC’s “top six” at the governing party’s Nasrec conference, provides a classic example of the more things change, the more they stay the same. But it could be a case of Cyril Ramaphosa being handed a poisoned chalice.

Glimmers of hope amid the gloom

December 16, 2017

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Whether the much debated five-day ANC elective conference at Johannesburg's Nasrec conference centre — it started today, ten hours late — ends prematurely or in calumny or consensus, life in South Africa life will go on, with the lot of the already battered majority of the population unlikely to improve. But despite the gloom, there are flickers of hope; evidence of a growing fightback.

Fake unity — and what to look forward to

December 10, 2017

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Unity is the main internal rallying cry as South Africa's clearly disunited and governing ANC heads towards its faction ridden elective conference next weekend. But unity with whom — and to what purpose? Once again it seems to be a case of mixing oil and water.

The SABC & a democratic future

October 21, 2017

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In common with much of the rest of the world, South African media freedom is being eroded. And a prime focus in the battle for freedom of information and of the Press is the SABC. It is a battle that should be joined by everyone hoping for a better, more democratic future.