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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 [...]

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 [...]

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