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Richard Calland

Richard Calland

Richard Calland has for past twenty five years been working in the fields of democratic governance and sustainable development in South Africa and beyond. He is a founding partner of The Paternoster Group.
Political leadership is in a mess
Political leadership is in a mess
Saturday. Santiago. I rise early not to watch the first rugby quarter-final but the historic “super Saturday” sitting of the British House of...
The heat is on to find global saviours
The heat is on to find global saviours
Tuesday. Berlin. The weather has flipped inside a week from mid-summer high 30s to a chilly-breeze autumn. But it is still fresh and light. And...
Cyril must show who is boss – quickly
Cyril must show who is boss – quickly
There is an interesting little video on YouTube in which former long-time Singaporean leader Lee Kuan Yew boasts about his defiant confrontation...
Getting rid of Mkhwebane won’t be easy
Getting rid of Mkhwebane won’t be easy
As President Cyril Ramaphosa huddled last weekend with his advisers and lawyers, the question that pulsed through his cerebrum must have been: Will...
Failure to fix the economy will undo Cyril
Failure to fix the economy will undo Cyril
Is Cyril Ramaphosa winning or losing? This is the burning question of the day. And because it is generally a time of great anxiety and growing...
PART I: A radical blueprint for Ramaphosa’s Cabinet
PART I: A radical blueprint for Ramaphosa’s Cabinet
The appointment of the Cabinet is often a president or prime minister’s most significant test of judgment. The one that will be announced by...
Elections 2019: It’s all a little below par
Elections 2019: It’s all a little below par
The thousands of faded election posters that adorn the lampposts of South Africa are an apt metaphor for a jaded campaign. This is the most...
A tale of two countries in uncertain days
A tale of two countries in uncertain days
For political junkies and the purveyors of political risk analysis, these are the happiest of days. Rarely has there been so much political...
Is Cyril on a slow train to nowhere?
Is Cyril on a slow train to nowhere?
A president stuck in a train. A country stuck in a rut.
Ramaphosa and the Thatcherite moment of truth
Ramaphosa and the Thatcherite moment of truth
Cyril Ramaphosa may soon have to face a Thatcherite moment of truth.