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Brown’s trickery doesn’t fool us
Brown’s trickery doesn’t fool us
The problem with dishonesty is that, once you are in the grip of it, it is hard to escape. If you do not believe me, just study Public Enterprises...
Safely embrace  ‘hoe is life’
Safely embrace  ‘hoe is life’
There have been times when I wondered why being queer felt, socially, like a hot mess. Sure, there were the confusing-sexuality times, being...
The dark side of bitcoin
The dark side of bitcoin
Let’s get down to brass tacks. The bits of coin lying around the house are not bitcoin. So, what exactly is bitcoin? Few people know. Is bitcoin...
Mugabe of the Free State digs in while Daddy goes to Durbs
Mugabe of the Free State digs in while Daddy goes to Durbs
Wednesday. December’s almost upon us. It’s that one-foot-in-front-of-the-other time of year. Time to put one’s head down and plod, one leaden...
We dismiss Zim lessons at our peril
We dismiss Zim lessons at our peril
There are few things that irk many South Africans as much as any insistence that we are not as special as we think we are.
Quiet before the storm at Daddy’s pad
Quiet before the storm at Daddy’s pad
Monday. It’s only 10.30am, but the flaming ball of lava overhead has already scorched the hills surrounding President Jacob Zuma’s homestead at...
Forged in the fires of history
Forged in the fires of history
A week ago, the new Museum of the Bible opened in Washington, DC, just round the corner from the Smithsonian Institution. It was set up by...
You should eat your words
You should eat your words
"You’ve gained SO much weight, girl! You’re fat now and it’s not a good look, hey.”
We all shat on this child’s dignity
We all shat on this child’s dignity
It is impossible for me to imagine the lifelong pain of thinking daily about your child’s lifeless little body in a pit latrine, only his hand...
How to publish a fees report
How to publish a fees report
Dear Fees Commission,
The mafia state is in full swing
The mafia state is in full swing
There is no longer a crystal-clear difference between the current state of our democracy and the telltale signs of a mafia state.
Stand-up guys, slate politics and the ‘other’ ANC
Stand-up guys, slate politics and the ‘other’ ANC
Wednesday. I’m early for the ANC provincial executive committee press briefing at the party’s Pixley ka Seme House in Stalwart Simelane Street,...
Old pirates and new gangsters
Old pirates and new gangsters
Charles van Onselen’s latest fascinating historical detective work is called, to give it its full title, The Cowboy Capitalist: John Hays...
Buthelezi bows out ... at long last
Buthelezi bows out ... at long last
Monday. The inevitable, it seems, has occurred. It’s over. Not Arsene Wenger’s once illustrious term as Arsenal coach, but Mangosuthu Buthelezi’s seemingly century-long reign as president of the Inkatha Freedom Party....

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