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Rewriting the rules of the game
by Frans Cronjé — last modified Jun 29, 2019 08:20 PM
Frans Cronjé
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Jun 30, 2019

Professor Hermann Giliomee once warned the Democratic Alliance (DA) 'never bat on your opponent's pitch' - it could never beat the African National Congress (ANC) at Black Economic Empowerment (BEE).

The destructive folly of sanctions
by Andrew Kenny — last modified Jun 29, 2019 08:19 PM
Andrew Kenny
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Jun 30, 2019

Economic sanctions continue their wreckage. They strengthened Castro’s tyranny in Cuba, prolonged apartheid and now threaten war in Iran.

Revisiting the white privilege debate: an open letter*
by Gabriel Crouse — last modified Jun 28, 2019 09:57 PM
Gabriel Crouse
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Jun 29, 2019

I address this open letter to Kevin Leathem, the deputy principal of Jeppe High School in Johannesburg, whose speech about white privilege went viral a year ago – though I missed it at the time.

EWC: it’s back….
by Terence Corrigan — last modified Jun 27, 2019 07:43 PM
Terence Corrigan
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Jun 27, 2019

There may have been some who dared to hope that President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address meant that Expropriation without Compensation (EWC) was being quietly retired. They would have been disabused of this by his subsequent remarks during the debate on his address.

The NDR plan behind the empty SONA rhetoric
by Anthea Jeffery — last modified Jun 26, 2019 05:58 PM
Anthea Jeffery
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Jun 26, 2019

Many commentators have criticised President Cyril Ramaphosa for not using his SONA speech last week to lay out a concrete plan for his supposed ‘new dawn’. But the often empty rhetoric that characterised the CR speech does not mean that the ANC/SACP alliance lacks a plan for the next five years.

Cyril Ramaphosa is a socialist
by Sara Gon — last modified Jun 24, 2019 05:19 PM
sara@irr.org.za
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Jun 25, 2019

President Cyril Ramaphosa has been tagged by many as a free marketeer and a pragmatist. He's not, he's a socialist.

Navigating the Challenges of Contemporary South Africa
by Terence Corrigan — last modified Jun 22, 2019 09:41 PM
Terence Corrigan
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Jun 23, 2019

This article is the text of the speech given by Terence Corrigan, Project Manager at the IRR, to the Annual General Meeting of the IRR on 21 June 2019. It is quite a bit longer than our usual columns, but the insights and analyses of the real state of the nation are invaluable.


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