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Land reform: there is a better way

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There is little point in handing out land and ending up with assets that are dying in the hands of the poor.  Well, detractors might

Remembering the future: state vs people

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‘Liberation’-era South Africa has reached its ‘apartheid’ moment in what is turning out to be something of a climax in the government’s now three-year drive

The Tyefu incident: a symbol of national error

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In the satellite image, Tyefu police station looks as remote and undistinguished as an abandoned farmstead, a modest block and a few outbuildings beside a

Reason in unreasonable times

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I don’t suppose many readers could imagine anything written about linguistics being at once amusing and intelligibly insightful, but a brief passage from some of

A costly incuriosity

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I once spent the better part of a day keeping a beady eye on the comings and goings at Mark Thatcher’s home in Constantia, such

Liberalism and religion: a reply to Ernst Roets

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Ernst Roets, AfriForum’s Head of Policy and Action, took to Twitter late last week to draw his followers’ attention to a vigorous debate on the

The (good) Book of Doubt

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‘E rile mo tshimologong Modimo wa tlhola legodimo le lefatshe.’ These are the opening words of a book given to me and my wife, Sharon,

Making ourselves ‘kliye’

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The powerful have an awful record when it comes to getting the rest of us to follow rules about how to express ourselves. Which is

Land of the free – making sense of the USA

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On a visit to Boston some 15 years ago, I asked a taxi driver where he was from, surmising that the hint of foreignness in

Mmusi Maimane and the illusion of race

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It’s perhaps a measure of the cruelty of fate that, having lost the leadership of Democratic Alliance (DA), even when he has interesting and important