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SONA 2019: Mbeki without the poetry

February 9, 2019

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Hard questions now need to be asked and hard facts faced as politicians continue to make extravagant promises that, on even cursory examination, ignore reality. And that does not even mean looking ahead to the consequences of the fourth industrial revolution that the world has already embarked on.

Promised New Dawn & glimmers of hope

July 6, 2018

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South Africa's governing ANC, along with the opposition political parties, share one thing in common: the mantra that they alone can usher in a “new dawn” for the working people of the country. But the important question remains: is a new dawn possible under the present circumstances and under the existing system?

The YES gambit for 2019 SA elections

April 1, 2018

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The Youth Employment Scheme (YES) announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa is not unique. Sucvh schemes have been tried — and have failed — before. In fact, YES may add more fuel to the ticking time bomb of dissatisfaction among the army of unemployed youth.

More turbulence seems to lie ahead for SA

August 1, 2016

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Wednesday, August 3 will be the climax of probably the most fractious and bitter political campaigning, certainly at a local level, that South Africa has seen since 1994. And, whatever the outcome, it will have repercussions throughout society.

Nothing new in ANC ignoring democratic will

June 25, 2016

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There is nothing new about the ANC imposing candidates and leaders against the wishes of the majority of members. A long history of this practice extends into the exile years. But t2here are differences between the past and the eruptions in Tshwane over the past week.

Cosatu schisms make for a rocky road ahead

April 21, 2014

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South Africa's scheduled national elections on May 7 seem to be beset by more bickering, bitterness and fragmentation than normal — and this is a clear portent for the future. A rocky road lies ahead.

A micro-chip road to real democracy

April 10, 2014

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Some food for thought about the future as the economic crisis continues, elements of barbarism and instability seem to be spreading to various arts of the globe — and as South Africa heads to another election.