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Soon there may be no part of SA that’s more Swiss than Guatemalan

By |February 1st, 2023|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Eskom, International Politics, Loadshedding, South African Politics|

SA is obviously a deeply divided country. It is also, [...]

As we teeter on the brink of the abyss, the silence of big business is deafening

By |January 25th, 2023|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Eskom, Finance, Gwede Mantashe, Jacob Zuma|

The cavalcade of chaos and crises confronting South Africa right [...]

Klein Krokodil Mantashe morphs into a Gorgon in the PW Botha mould

By |January 23rd, 2023|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Eskom, Gwede Mantashe, Loadshedding, South African Politics|

On September 6 1966, in the assembly chamber of parliament [...]

No festival of lights here. And forget about a miracle

By |December 23rd, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Elections, Eskom, Loadshedding, South African Politics|

On Wednesday I bumped into a veteran journalist just back [...]

Shades of Waterkloof: let’s talk about that Russian ship on Cape shores

By |December 14th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Alliance, John Steenhuisen, Vladimir Putin|

Back in 1973, the New York Times master columnist and [...]

With Ramaphosa’s zugzwang, it’s goodbye to the new dawn

By |December 8th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Alliance, Elections, Parliament, Phala Phala, South African Politics|

Goodbye To All That was the title of the 1929 autobiography [...]

We’re back where ‘restraint and generosity’ are outlandish for a leader

By |November 30th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Nelson Mandela, South African Politics|

Does effective, shapeshifting leadership require its exemplars to push against [...]

Cyril and Joe share a secret electoral sauce

By |November 27th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), British politics, Cyril Ramaphosa, King Charles, Parliament, South African Politics, UK Politics, World Politics|

The political fortunes of Joe Biden, who has just turned [...]

Bill Browder and Tony Leon argue that money, not morality, dictates South Africa’s support for Vladimir Putin

By |November 25th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, International Politics, Russian War, Vladimir Putin, World Politics|

King Charles III has conferred a signal honour on South [...]

ANC candidates sing from the same ideological hymn sheet

By |November 22nd, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Elections, International Politics, South African Politics|

To see how little distinguishes the lead candidates for the [...]

Democracy is slowly chipping away at the denialists in the US

By |November 16th, 2022|Categories: American Politics, Donald Trump, Elections, International Politics, US elections, World Politics|

Last Tuesday, election day for the mid-terms in the US, [...]

The empire strikes back, and it could very well be the UK’s saviour

By |October 30th, 2022|Categories: Elections, International Politics, Opinion, Parliament, South African Politics, UK Politics, World Politics|

I arrived in London on Tuesday, the day of a [...]

Joburg was made a political ‘offer it couldn’t refuse’

By |October 6th, 2022|Categories: African National Congress (ANC), Cyril Ramaphosa, Democratic Alliance, EFF, Herman Mashaba, South African Politics|

“The Return of the Locusts” is an apt and lapidary [...]

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 [...]

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