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Why institution-building matters

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The Springboks are the clearest example of why institutions matter in this country. Even as social media and legacy media debate around “token” players and

The women are all right

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Many people think girls are disadvantaged in education in South Africa. While that might be somewhat true among the very poorest girls, on average girls

We care because they are white

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There has been a deluge of media coverage on the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In particular some of the reporting seems to suggest that Ukrainians

Should we dream BIG? And other musings

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In 2000, per capita income in South Africa was on a par with the global average and twice that of middle-income countries. But 20 years

Don’t fall for ‘the land’ rhetoric

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I believe it is inevitable that, with the continuing economic crises engulfing South Africa, the government will look for ways to relieve public pressure and

Lessons for a post-pandemic South Africa

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For the past week I have been working from my mother’s study in Mthatha. From the window I can see a large tree across the

No need to harm whites to help blacks

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A thread that runs through much of South Africa’s discourse about the political economy is that you have to take something from, or hurt, white

The various perils of B-BBEE

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In an article written on the 18th of November 2020 on the University of the Witwatersrand’s website, William Gumede, an associate professor in the School

Power of inner-city Johannesburg must be harnessed

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A 2017 study commissioned by the Johannesburg Inner City Partnership and headed by urban planner Dr Tanya Zack, on the scope and nature of cross-border

A game of thrones: a parasitic, elite apparatus

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Over the past two weeks I have been reading George R R Martin’s novel, A Clash of Kings, and watching the series that it spawned,