How the centre can hold and South Africa can thrive

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Last year I wrote a 2034 optimistic time travel piece on SA;  many saw it as naïve. 2023 was a hard year to be bullish

South Africa should not ban single-use plastics

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In Daily Maverick, Melanie Verwoerd makes the case for banning single-use plastics. Here’s the counter-argument. “South Africa was a trailblazer with the plastic bag levy,”

GNU fails its first test

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I’ve made the point several times that while the Government of National Unity option was not my first choice, now that it’s a reality, I

Why is nuclear power taking so long?

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As storms and gales and torrential rains sweep over us shivering in Cape Town, my thoughts have turned again to nuclear power. My thoughts have

The unreasonable nature of drug laws

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In May 2024 President Cyril Ramaphosa signed the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act of 2024 into law. While this represents a step towards realising the

Time to back the DA in the GNU

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After weeks of negotiations, South Africa finally has a government. The new Government of National Unity (GNU), made up of ten parties in total with

SA must move beyond race classification

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“South Africans of all colours and backgrounds proclaimed freedom and justice as their unquenchable aspiration. They pledged loyalty to a country which belongs to all

Official statistics thrown into question

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Accurate statistical data is critical for informed decision making. Yet Stats SA is under-resourced and allegedly produces poor data. It will not come as a

Bridging the Danube

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This Week in History recalls memorable and decisive events and personalities of the past. 5th July 328 – The official opening of Constantine’s Bridge, built over

Decriminalisation: SA’s oft-ignored constitutional imperative

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In recent years, the African National Congress (ANC) government has shown itself to be not entirely unreasonable in crime policy. It has reluctantly decriminalised the