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‘Myth’ of academic freedom celebrated at UCT
by Sara Gon — last modified Aug 09, 2019 09:32 PM
Sara Gon
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Aug 10, 2019

The man who delivered the 2019 TB Davie Memorial Lecture to celebrate academic freedom at the University of Cape Town (UCT) regards the concept as a ‘myth’ and argued that some political ideas deserved more freedom than others.

The real risk to constitutional governance
by Terence Corrigan — last modified Aug 08, 2019 05:54 PM
Terence Corrigan
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Aug 09, 2019

As the country teeters on the brink of disaster, it would be prudent for South Africa to think carefully before tinkering with constitutional amendments on property rights.

A depressing failure
by Michael Morris — last modified Aug 06, 2019 05:40 PM
michael@irr.org.za
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Aug 07, 2019

A nearly two-decade old speech warning South Africa of its looming economic disaster makes for depressing reading – but more depressing are the consequences of the government’s failure to act in the intervening period.

Groundhog Day comes to SA courtesy of Samwu
by Sara Gon — last modified Aug 05, 2019 06:27 PM
Sara Gon
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Aug 06, 2019

The recklessness and impunity of the South African Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) will only change when it is successfully ordered to pay for damage arising from an unprocedural strike.

Expropriation without compensation is still very much on the agenda
by John Kane-Berman — last modified Aug 04, 2019 09:24 PM
John Kane-Berman
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Aug 05, 2019

The Land Panel’s acknowledgement that demand for land is not ‘self-evident’ – but that citizens should be ‘encouraged and supported to articulate their land demands’ – confirms that ‘land reform’ is driven by ideology rather than demand.

Getting it wrong
by Frans Cronje — last modified Aug 03, 2019 06:28 PM
Frans Cronje
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Aug 04, 2019

Be sceptical of analysts at all times, and weigh what they say against how things actually turn out.

Because you think I’m right?
by David Bullard — last modified Aug 03, 2019 06:25 PM
David Bullard
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Aug 04, 2019

My advice to columnists who bandy the term ‘right-wing’ around should take care not to attach labels to people they know nothing about.

The silly tragedy of Penny Sparrow
by Andrew Kenny — last modified Aug 03, 2019 06:20 PM
Andrew Kenny
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Aug 04, 2019

Why did we attach such enormous importance to the commonplace racism of a commonplace woman who died last week?

What the land reform report really means
by Terence Corrigan — last modified Aug 01, 2019 07:31 PM
Terence Corrigan
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Aug 02, 2019

It is quite conceivable that after the start of a large-scale programme of seizures, the resultant administrative bottlenecks would produce an ideal pretext for nationalisation as the only feasible solution.

Expropriation űber alles
by Anthea Jeffery — last modified Jul 31, 2019 09:47 PM
Anthea Jeffery
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Aug 01, 2019

Eroding property rights will put South Africa on the path to a Zimbabwe-type economic implosion, with devastating consequences.


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