A state of mindlessness: Our nation’s continuing plummet to disaster defies belief

South Africa faces multiple disasters: a combination of reckless misgovernance and now, with the worst drought in living memory, the Hand of God thrown in for good measure.

On the subject of the divinity, the old […]

Helen Suzman Was An Intensely Human Politician And Not A Saint

We should learn the right lessons and draw the correct conclusions from the extraordinary and well-lived life of Helen Suzman.

Exactly 10 years ago, on 7 November 2007, I telephoned Helen Suzman in Johannesburg from Cambridge, […]

Once disgraced Mbeki era now seems like the golden age

In 1967, US author Allen Drury wrote a book on apartheid South Africa entitled A Very Strange Society.

Fifty years later, and two-plus decades into our post-apartheid story, we have added several new chapters to our […]

Creating a desert where excellence can’t bloom

Many years ago, Harry Oppenheimer suggested that “In Johannesburg there is nothing to see and in Cape Town there is no one to talk to.” Recent population shifts have altered the conversation imbalance.

But that does […]

The parallels between Jacob Zuma and Harvey Weinstein cannot be missed

There are obvious comparisons to be drawn between fallen Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and beleaguered President Jacob Zuma. Both have been accused of inappropriate conduct, or worse, misconduct, towards women and abusing their positions of […]

Contenders to succeed Zuma offer dismal prospects of growth reform

Top duo represent ‘evil of two lessers’, which is not exactly a recipe for dynamic or even dynastic change

Is SA capable of making the deep and swift reforms needed to lift growth, restore business confidence, […]

Zuma administration is in a league of its own

If the US constitution resembles a durable oak, ours is like a bonsai tree

With the horrific gun-killings in Las Vegas, it might seem trite to mention one of the great TV series of the past […]

Impressions can be deceiving, but has Cyril got the guts?

“You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression”. Recent events here have, however, turned this old caution on its head.  

Who would have thought, for example, that South Africa’s top capitalists would […]