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ANC (and EFF) policy resonate only with a few

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A rather unpleasant effect of our hyper-consciousness to race is that even ideas and policies most people don’t agree with are given lots of room

How the opposition can win

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The latest findings from ratings agency, RatingsAfrika, show that six of South Africa’s eight major metropolitan municipalities are financially unsustainable and need critical government intervention.

Econ 101: why labour unions are not the solution

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Recently the payslip of a Pick n Pay employee with a gross monthly pay of R3 566,19 was shared across social media platforms prompting not

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