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Life’s a beach when you’re Daddy
Life’s a beach when you’re Daddy
Wednesday. My body’s coated in a thin film of sweat and red dust. It’s humid and airless, even with the ocean 50m away.
The judgments that will shape SA’s constitutional democracy in 2018
The judgments that will shape SA’s constitutional democracy in 2018
The year promises to produce a number of judgments that will influence the shape of constitutional democracy South Africa. Arguably the most...
Guns blazing or sweet surrender?
Guns blazing or sweet surrender?
Thursday. The fine mist of rain over Durban has ended a series of madly humid days. I’m under the duvet for the first time in about three months....
There’s a hush in Pixley ka Seme
There’s a hush in Pixley ka Seme
Wednesday. It’s column day. I’m standing outside Pixley ka Isaka Seme House, the ANC’s provincial office in Durban. It used to house the...
Talk around a Cape Town water cooler
Talk around a Cape Town water cooler
Accounting was the furthest from the water cooler, and this was a problem. Conrad from accounting turned the corner from his office and spotted...
First day of the laaitie’s next year
First day of the laaitie’s next year
Wednesday. It’s barely 7am. I’m already bathed in sweat. I’m in flip-flops and shorts. I’m shirtless. I might as well be wearing overalls,...
An H&M mannequin speaks
An H&M mannequin speaks
It was horrendous, as you can imagine. A wave of red overalls — a veritable sea — came rushing down the aisles frothing, fuming,...
An inquiry into state capture is good but criminal trials must not be impeded
An inquiry into state capture is good but criminal trials must not be impeded
Justice Raymond Zondo has earned a reputation as a most diligent, careful, experienced and thoughtful jurist. It was not surprising when he was...
New year, new classism
New year, new classism
It’s the most stressful time of the year, when we start over by making expensive, ill-thought-out promises to ourselves, which almost always...
When the ladybot says ‘hold on’ …
When the ladybot says ‘hold on’ …
We are currently experiencing high call volumes. Please continue holding. Please wait for the next available agent. Actually, all the available...
JZ issue is only one of Cyril’s headaches
JZ issue is only one of Cyril’s headaches
Jacob Zuma is the past and not the future of South Africa. To all intents and purposes, the Zuma years are all but over.
My ass still aches, but 2018 is here
My ass still aches, but 2018 is here
Tuesday. January 2. The first working day of the year is upon us. The two weeks of respite from deadlines was a relief. By the second week I was...
Saving the ANC - a 7-step programme
Saving the ANC - a 7-step programme
At dusk on Sunday December 17, as the ANC tied itself in knots about conference credentials and leadership nominations, a senior member of the...
’Tis time for Steinhoff cutbacks
’Tis time for Steinhoff cutbacks
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