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Reflecting on the battle of ideas: this fight is ours to lose

South Africa seems to be following the familiar downward spiral common to so many African countries. As IRR chief executive Dr Frans...

A long record of hostility to non-racialism

‘Things are not always what they seem; the first appearance deceives many; the intelligence of a few perceives what has been carefully...

Is South Africa en route to being a failed state?

‘That which purifies us is trial, and trial is by what is contrary’ John Milton, Areopagitica (1644) Counterpoint, a...

Threat to the Reserve Bank remains

In a welcome development over the past week, African National Congress (ANC) Treasurer General Paul Mashatile said that the party was backing...

This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 20th September 1519 – Ferdinand Magellan...

Parliament’s pretence at doing a proper job on EWC bill

The African National Congress (ANC) is determined to use Parliament as a mere rubber stamp for its December 2017 decision to amend...
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TDF Show – SANDF gets political, US senate elections, and an occupation in Camps Bay

https://iono.fm/e/929357 Nicholas Lorimer, Terence Corrigan and Hermann Pretorius discuss a statement by the head of the SA National Defence Force (SANDF) about...

What must be done to face economic reality?

The extent to which the government is prepared to face economic reality will be evident next month when Finance Minister Tito Mboweni...

TDF Show – Elections galore, Zombie SAA, and RBG’s passing

https://iono.fm/e/928542 Nicholas Lorimer, Michael Morris and Gabriel Crouse discuss the upcoming slate of by-elections scheduled for November, the latest bailout of SAA...

How and why to combat illicit trade

Black markets provide an important signal that there may be something wrong with government regulation or taxation, but they also pose problems...
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TDF Show – Ethics course for gov officials, Thai monarchy under pressure, and did Kelly Khumalo do blackface?

https://iono.fm/e/927878 Nicholas Lorimer, Marius Roodt and Terence Corrigan discuss the recent government program to teach all government officials ethics. They also delve...
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Two Crickets – David Graeber and RBG die and will SA become Iran?

https://iono.fm/e/927490 Nick and Gabriel chat about the deaths of David Graeber and Ruth Bader Ginsburg and the legacies they leave behind, and...

Clicks: Losing all sense of proportion

That the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) should have seized upon the Clicks hair advertisement to showcase their propensity for violence was only...

Paralysis by corruption – the ANC’s dilemma

Here’s a question for you. Who said the following? ‘The ANC is pained immensely by stories of corruption. We are highly conscious...

Trump, wildfires, and climate change

President Trump has embarrassed me again. Visiting California to see the damage done by the devastating wildfires, he said they were not...

We are owed nothing

A bizarre social media episode this week reflects a broader South African malady which risks condemning us to mediocrity for the foreseeable...

Why the LGBTQ electorate should not be ignored

The LGBTQ electorate may be a more significant and dynamic voting bloc than many expect. South Africa is fast...

Filling ANC election kitty the only real ‘emergency’

One simple factor explains ninety percent of African National Congress (ANC) government decisions – it is PCP, or Positive Corruption Potential. Power...

DA’s bold step does SA a service

There has been an extraordinary outcry in the media around the rejection of race by the Democratic Alliance (DA) as a basis...

This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 13th September 1541 – After three...

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