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An electoral threshold for South Africa?

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The recent local government elections resulted in a number of watershed moments for South African politics, notably the decline of the ANC’s share of the

Lessons from Monday’s election

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The local government election at the beginning of this week could possibly be called what Americans describe as a ‘realigning’ election. It is the first

Will the ANC ever grow up?

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I recently spent a weekend away with some university friends. We were all together in one of the residences of the erstwhile Rand Afrikaans University

Race obsession hobbles South Africa

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Recent events again show how South Africans – or at least those in the chattering classes – remain obsessed with race, to South Africa’s detriment.

How to eat an elephant: the slow demise of the ANC

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As the saying goes, the way to eat an elephant is one bite at a time. And the same goes for ending the ANC’s electoral

What kind of country do we want to be?

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Imagine, if you will, South Africa as an influential and technologically advanced member of an alliance of the world’s most powerful nations which act as

Will the ANC become a zombie?

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It seems clear that we are now entering the beginning of the end with regard to African National Congress (ANC) rule in South Africa. Although

Ramaphosa’s Rand Revolt moment

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The job of a historian is to discern links between seemingly unrelated events. Some would argue that the decision by the Americans to support Islamist

Want to save South Africa? Save her cities

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Stories about the decline of South Africa’s rural towns have been common for some time. But we are now seeing that even South Africa’s great

Is racism the problem?

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Many in the chattering classes will tell you the ‘Rainbow Nation’ – a term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe South Africa in all