Browsing All posts tagged under »Mandela«

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 […]

SA ‘beacon of hope’ still flickers faintly

October 25, 2013

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The moral high ground bequeathed to Suth Africa and its post-apartheid government by the global struggle against apartheid, has also all but evaporated, but faint hope still remains.

When reality seems like satire

July 31, 2013

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The South African political scene is becoming increasingly bizarre; reporting reality here can often seem like satire of the most extreme sort.

Historical gallop reflected through a distorted prism

February 10, 2012

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An archived and critical book review from 2004 dealing with RW Johnson's controversial South Africa: the first man, the last nation

Aurora’s golden greed and liability hopes

December 2, 2011

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Arrogance, incompetence and greed may have demolished the protection of limited liability for the politically well connected directors of South Africa’s controversial Aurora Empowerment Systems. They may now have to pay out of their personal fortunes for the heavy debts and losses incurred in a controversial gold mining venture.

The ‘Fat Cat’ charter of limited liability

June 17, 2011

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Miners have died and thousands of dependents — wives, mothers, children and others —are suffering, many cold and hungry in the Highveld winter.  They are the casualties of the ambitions of Aurora Empowerment Systems, the company that took control of the Grootvlei and Orkney mines from the bankrupt Pamodzi Gold in 2009. The promises of […]

Sensational slogans and reformist reality

March 18, 2011

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(First published 25 February, 2011) Never judge a book by its cover. Nor, for that matter, the prospect of revolution by the labels given to mass protest, the radical tone of slogans or the harshness of repression. In a South African context, it also means not jumping to the conclusion that our liberal parliamentary democracy […]