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Making a co-operative government work

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Last month’s election delivered South Africa to a vastly different reality from what had existed before. Between this writing and your reading, the circumstances may

Consolidating an uncertain future – remarks to a post-election webinar held with UFS

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I chose to give my talk the title ‘Consolidating an uncertain future’ in deference to the idea of democratic consolidation. This is the process by

What I’m thinking after an election

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I’m writing this on Wednesday, 29 May, after having cast an early morning vote. It went smoothly, and the whole process, from joining the queue

A question of fate: an ANC-EFF coalition in 2024?

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The prospect of the African National Congress (ANC) losing its majority has caused much speculation about its post-election government.  South Africa is on the cusp

A valuable pen? Well, an expensive one anyway

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Signing the National Health Insurance Bill into law, Cyril Ramaphosa dramatically announced that he had found the pen he was looking for earlier in the

Beware First Age nostalgia

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There is a great deal of nostalgia around former President Thabo Mbeki. For millions of South Africans, he embodies post-transition South Africa’s good years. Polling

MK’s manifesto: classic populism

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About a year ago, I wrote a review of a book entitled ‘In the Name of the People: How Populism is Rewiring the World’. A

Thinking about Cape independence

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I was raised in Natal (as it was then), a province regarded in the context of the segregated politics of the time as different. Its

When corruption is a feature, not a bug

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The ANC took power with the firm conviction that state power was the route to resolving the country’s chronic socio-economic deficits. Partly, this reflected the

The high cost of the construction mafia – and how it can be faced down 

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In any environment, crime is a burden on business. The operative question is whether that burden is a small or large one, and whether it