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Pandor’s comical UN speech quickly sinks into oblivion

By |September 25th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Russian War, South African Politics, World Politics|

Imagine you addressed a conference on SA’s economic prospects, and [...]

Ramaphosa’s meeting with US president a non-event, just like his reforms

By |September 21st, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), American Politics, Cyril Ramaphosa, South African Politics, US elections|

One of Queen Elizabeth II’s favourite aphorisms was, apparently, “I [...]

Truss me on this one, Liz: new dawns get old fast

By |September 7th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Elections, Parliament, South African Politics, World Politics|

Newly elected (by the tiny universe of her own party [...]

State dysfunction got airborne with Ramaphosa’s DRC flight of fancy

By |August 29th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, International Politics, Parliament, SAA, South African Politics|

Last weekend, the Sunday Times ran a front-page exposé by Erika Gibson [...]

Get it together or liberation from ANC remains a tantalising dream

By |August 24th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Alliance, EFF, Helen Zille|

Might the ancient Greek myth of Tantalus offer a modern [...]

Babbling while Ukraine burns

By |August 18th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), American Politics, Donald Trump, Elections, International Politics, Russian War, US elections, Vladimir Putin, World Politics|

For the least populated area in America, the Mountain West [...]

SA’s US policy is foreign to say the least

By |August 10th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, International Politics, South African Politics, World Politics|

Remarks this week by international relations minister Naledi Pandor represent [...]

OK, now for the 10-point credibility plan, Mr President

By |July 27th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Elections, Jacob Zuma, South African Politics|

Just hours after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s Monday evening announcement of [...]

Waiting for Ramaphosa goes from Phala Phala party to a black Christmas

By |July 26th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Eskom, Gwede Mantashe, Jacob Zuma, South African Politics, Thabo Mbeki|

The death of acclaimed film critic Barry Ronge in early [...]

Look who’s afraid of change while Conservatives keep it fresh

By |July 13th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Boris Johnson, Cyril Ramaphosa, South African Politics, World Politics|

Writing this column from London amid an intense heatwave, the [...]

It’s when the moderate centre is quiet that extremists flourish

By |June 29th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), American Politics, South African Politics, World Politics|

There are a lot of reasons right now to read [...]

Cyril the Silent is reminiscent of National Party ‘reformists’ during apartheid

By |June 26th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Jacob Zuma, zondo|

“The rest is silence” were the last words of Hamlet [...]

After succeeding Meyer Kahn, Cyril Ramaphosa failed to take heed of his wisdom

By |June 9th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Alliance, Nelson Mandela, South African Politics|

Meyer Kahn, who died in Johannesburg last week, was described [...]

If I were the ANC I’d be a little concerned about my ties to UMK

By |June 1st, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), International Politics, Russian War, Vladimir Putin|

Dealing with individuals sanctioned by the US can be hazardous. [...]

Ramaphosa should know better than to endorse the ‘might is right’ world view

By |May 29th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, International Politics|

For someone who believes in antique ideologies — from state [...]

In the misgovernance race to the bottom Mantashe is your Dunning-Kruger man

By |May 24th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Arts & Culture, Cyril Ramaphosa, Gwede Mantashe|

British-American editor and author Tina Brown has just published her [...]

It’s time the state stopped spin doctoring and started doctoring

By |May 18th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, South African Politics|

Reading director general of government communications Phumla Williams’s defence of [...]

Presidential sounds of silence are fuelling the fire engulfing SA

By |May 4th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Alliance, Elections, International Politics, John Steenhuisen, Nelson Mandela, Russian War, South African Politics, World Politics|

Workers Day, May 1 2022, offered South Africans sharply contrasting [...]

Putin’s war has sorted the wheat from the chaff — and there’s lots of chaff

By |April 24th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Alliance, Donald Trump, EFF, Elections, International Politics, Russian War, Vladimir Putin, World Politics, Zweli Mkhize|

Today, barring a huge upset, Emmanuel Macron will be re-elected [...]

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