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Boris Johnson strikes two blows for democracy

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Ridiculed and even despised by many British and other political commentators, Boris Johnson has struck two decisive blows for democracy. In the first place, his

Buthelezi’s abiding integrity in a tough marketplace

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Earlier this month, Mangosuthu Buthelezi reminded me of an article in the New York Times Magazine in 1991 in which I was quoted as having

A judicial want of judgement

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The 17th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture delivered last month by the chief justice, Mogoeng Mogoeng, has not attracted as much attention as it warrants. Speaking

Same elephant, different room

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Last week Cyril Ramaphosa sounded the alarm about South Africa’s water crisis. Citing the famous line from Coleridge’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner about ‘water,

The real story of inequality in South Africa

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Anyone seeking a concise account of the South African government’s failures in tackling poverty and inequality need look no further than its recently published ‘25-year

A ‘war room’ against strikes is the one that Cyril Ramaphosa really needs

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Forty years ago, British Prime Minister James Callaghan’s Labour government was destroyed by militant trade unions in the so-called ‘winter of discontent’ that brought Margaret

What is the DA waiting for on race?

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Last week Geordin Hill-Lewis, shadow finance minister in the Democratic Alliance (DA), wrote that South Africa was ‘trapped’ in an ‘obsession with race-based transformation policies’.

Sometimes you need to do some purging

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Last week it was reported that the price of Sasol shares had ‘soared’ after the heads of several top executives had ‘rolled’ following an independent

The Anglican Church joins the bandwagon against Israel

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One thing is certain: the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign, whether or not endorsed by the Anglican Communion, will not bring peace between Palestinians and

Some sensible proposals to ward off the climate apocalypse

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The significance of the Adapt Now report is that its main focus is on practical proposals. “Natural ecosystems are humanity’s first line of defence against