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Why does Africa continue to underperform?

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Now is the time, and South Africa the place, to understand why Africa has been such an economic laggard. Scars remain from nearly all of

The next twist in SA’s social justice saga

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Is social justice to economic development what physics is to engineering? No. Social justice mixes ethics with believing in a false utopia. Economic development, like

The US and the West … China and Africa

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Given today’s fluxing geopolitics and economics, the value of criticising Western policies must be balanced with better appreciating their benefits. For professors of cultural studies

Will Putin cancel ‘cancel culture’?

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Stopping the fighting might soon be in everyone’s interest but there are conflicting priorities. Those who delight in criticising necessary-but-imperfect trade-offs will baulk at advancing

SA lessons for Putin’s enemies

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Vladimir Putin is more a symptom than a cause. Russia and South Africa were both reconstituted in the twilight of the Cold War and, like

Scoring post-colonial outcomes

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As the Second World War marked the beginning of the colonial era’s demise, the Russia-Ukraine war is a pivot point that should inspire a fresh

Confronting misplaced ideals

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Many Europeans will struggle to heat their homes and pay their bills this winter. South Africa’s trajectory is more troubling still. The costs of clinging

Dutch Disease … South African Syndrome

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Sudden geological wealth threatening investments in worker productivity is termed Dutch disease. Does our entrenched youth unemployment crisis stem from a sudden and unexpected spate

Why young voters won’t help oust the ANC

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Rampant youth unemployment doesn’t inspire an anti-ANC backlash because no one is promoting a workable remedy. Electing a more responsible government would immediately benefit commercial

When ideals derail progress and unity

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Europeans must choose between warming their homes next winter or supporting ideals like national sovereignty and a sustainable environment. Here in SA, blind devotion to