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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.

The invisible Dr Survé

June 30, 2016

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Proof of controversial South African media boss and businessman Dr Iqbal Survé’s widely trumpeted background is hard to find. In particular, there seems to be no available evidence of his major claim to fame: that he was the physician to, and personal friend of, Nelson Mandela.

Marikana, Aurora: where the buck should stop

July 5, 2015

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Two of South Afr1ican labour’s greatest modern tragedies provided a media focus over the past week or so: Aurora and Marikana. The buck — the responsibility — for both should top at the highest levels if there is to be any hope of real change

The Aurora factor & SA worker unity

March 8, 2015

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Infighting, bickering and the pursuit of power and patronage have largely paralysed South Africa's largest labour federation, Cosatu, in recent years. But a politically charged court case involving President Zuma's nephew, Khulubuse Zuma, may trigger a rank and file move toward greater worker unity.

Compounding a Nobel Peace Prize travesty

January 18, 2015

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Once again, there is a furore about plans to name a major Cape Town street after former apartheid president FW de Klerk. As well there should be, although there is considerable support for the proposal that goes before the city council on January 28. It was much the same nearly a decade ago when the […]

Mandela: the dangers of deification

December 13, 2013

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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.

Mandela: already dead — or slowly dying?

December 4, 2013

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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 […]