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Powerful lessons on what it means to be a leader

Two encounters with remarkable women revealed a glimpse of a future in a “better South Africa in a better world”, to adapt the slogan of our Department of International Relations and Co-operation.

First was an interaction with the first Hispanic woman ever appointed to the US Supreme Court, Sonia Sotomayor.

Sotomayor, an appointee of Barack Obama to […]

By |September 20th, 2017|South African Politics|0 Comments

Dlamini-Zuma’s course of strategic ambivalence leads to extinction

Two versions of her speech at Gibs, in text and orally, show little regard for dire state of public accounts.

Presidential hopeful Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma’s recent speech at a high citadel of capitalism — the Gordon Institute for Business Science — caused much controversy. In her actual remarks Dlamini-Zuma bemoaned the “dissonance” between the government and the […]

By |September 7th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Hacked emails? Cyber dirty tricks? Security deals with Russia? Join the dots …

Our security services and minister are fast friends with their Russian counterparts. Just on Monday the two countries signed a co-operation agreement on “cyber security”

The Sherlock Holmes story The Silver Blaze gave us the famous tagline of “the curious incident of the dog in the night”.

The curiosity in that tale of the kidnapping of a […]

By |September 6th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

The trust deficit that sucks faith, hope and capital from a country

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 27th, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Five things we’ve learned from the Grace Mugabe fracas

‘South Africa is the Mugabes’ destination of choice for depositing wayward sons and for minor shopping needs and medical procedures’

Be graceful for small mercies, to adapt a phrase.

Two Sundays ago 20-year-old Gabriella Engels was, along with two other unnamed women, allegedly assaulted by Zimbabwe’s Grace Mugabe. In the presence of the Zim power couple’s sons […]

By |August 23rd, 2017|Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

Zombie Zuma’s survival could be explained by basic political calculus

President’s enemies in the ANC probably decided not to hand opposition parties the gift of an indebted leader

Like pupils at a Montessori School, all the dramatis personae in last week’s long-running parliamentary no-confidence saga — the eighth such motion to date in an eight-year presidency — against Jacob Zuma could award themselves a gold star. […]

By |August 18th, 2017|Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments

The survival and future of our democratic South Africa

In these dark times of our dire national condition, shafts of inspiration and light are hard to find.

Indeed, on the day of parliament’s latest vote of no-confidence in President Jacob Zuma, almost one for every year of his disastrousmisrule of the nation, there’s a lot more heat than light barrelling towards us.

Clashing armies of protesters […]

By |August 8th, 2017|Jacob Zuma|0 Comments

‘Never surrender’ because it is the little ships that will rescue us

So if you are wondering whether it is futile‚ in the face of an uncaring state‚ a runaway presidency and the ghastly tentacles of the Guptas – to sign a petition‚ march on Parliament‚ or merely send an email to your MP‚ consider the dire situation faced by 400 000 soldiers in Dunkirk.

And‚ more pertinently‚ […]

By |August 7th, 2017|African National Congress (ANC), Jacob Zuma|0 Comments

Harder to locate your conscience when the only job you know is on the line

Zuma’s fate is in the hands of MPs who get paid for party loyalty
Much anticipation accompanies Members of Parliament when they convene on 8 August to debate the motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma.
Many member, probably think the following formula of words do justice to the gravity of Zuma’s continuance in office:
“You have sat here for […]

By |July 30th, 2017|Jacob Zuma|0 Comments

Russia shows greater regard for history than our campus mobs

Meanwhile, Putin reduces the reputations of Zuma’s SA and Trump’s US to the level of his kleptocratic regime

About 120 years ago, my paternal grandmother, Tamara Drusinsky – then a babe in arms – left Russia for Constantinople, and eventually arrived with her family in SA

More recently, when President Vladimir Putin visited Parliament in Cape Town […]

By |July 27th, 2017|Donald Trump, Jacob Zuma, World Politics|0 Comments