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Reflections on the ‘least worst option’

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Would an agreement between the ANC and DA be a viable option, or an attractive one for South Africa?  This question, a perennial one for

A question of trust

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The latest edition of the annual Edelman Trust Barometer highlights an important dynamic in South Africa’s politics. As the name suggests, this is the question

In the end, it comes down to values 

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On Wednesday last week, Business Day ran a column by Small Business Institute John Dludlu about the BRICS+ group. BRICS+ has become a totem for

Getting business-government relations on a proper footing

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In his letter to the country last week, President Cyril Ramaphosa lauded the cooperation between business and the government. Their combined efforts, he wrote, were

The moral of the Indian story: go for growth!

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South Africa’s BRICS connection (or whatever it might rename itself in the wake of this year’s accessions) is the crown jewel of its diplomacy, an

In defence of (a sort of) nation building

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I read Martin van Staden’s latest column (‘From pact to pillar: The Multi-Party Charter after the 2024 election’, 29 February) with interest and attention. As

Institutions – and the people who staff them

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Cadre deployment has featured strongly over the past week, with the handover by the ANC of documents from its deployment committee to the DA and

Economic complexity: South Africa’s underappreciated challenge

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Economic complexity is a concept seldom heard in South Africa. It describes the capacity of a country to engage in various forms of activity, typically

Reframing South Africa’s grand narrative 

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The State of the Nation Address (SONA) gives the president an opportunity to expound on a range of issues, while post-SONA analyses have tended to

Land, water and ‘transforming the relations’

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Pledging to resolve the ‘land question’ has been a perennial theme for the ANC. For the most part, this has been approached as a political