Analysis

H&M debacle: My enemy’s enemy is a fighter
H&M debacle: My enemy’s enemy is a fighter
A black woman, probably a shopper, traipsing around the aisles with a handbag slung over her shoulder. A throng of white people, feeling trapped...
Silili takes bull by the horns
Silili takes bull by the horns
Cyril Ramaphosa, the newly-elected President of the ANC, made his position clear when he delivered a much anticipated
Trump rage ignores the truth
Trump rage ignores the truth
There can be no better illustration of the folly of victimhood and outrage than the furore surrounding US President Donald Trump's comments about poor...
It’s time to get real about free higher education
It’s time to get real about free higher education
As populist politics threatens to derail another academic year it is time to sit back and reflect on practical reality.
SA’s crisis needs a democratic resolution
SA’s crisis needs a democratic resolution
In April and May 2014, more than 200‑million people in India voted for the alliance of parties led by Narendra Modi, a man who has been regularly...
Is the ANC bent on radical policies?
Is the ANC bent on radical policies?
When media cover a political party conference decision, it is best to report on the entire resolution, not just the exciting bits. This may reduce...
To lead South Africa, Ramaphosa must balance populism and pragmatism
To lead South Africa, Ramaphosa must balance populism and pragmatism
Maiden speeches are tricky. They only come once. The one delivered by newly-elected president of the African National Congress (ANC) Cyril...
Are men, by their nature, brutish?
Are men, by their nature, brutish?
South Africa is a global frontrunner in rape and domestic violence. The international news is now focused on the mistreatment of women in the...
Paradise for corporates and ultrarich
Paradise for corporates and ultrarich
The Paradise Papers — detailing offshore investments leaked to the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung last year — revealed that more than...
Wanted: A credible evangelist for land
Wanted: A credible evangelist for land
Behind my family’s homestead in Mqanduli in the Eastern Cape is a communal pasture on which everyone’s livestock grazes. About a kilometre on...
Rainbowism is in a sunken place
Rainbowism is in a sunken place
Judging by the frequent outbursts of right-wing solidarity campaigns, last year should have been the last nail in the coffin of rainbowism in South...
Mogoeng's 'very serious' attack on majority judgment difficult to comprehend
Mogoeng's 'very serious' attack on majority judgment difficult to comprehend
When does a court overreach and thus intrude into a domain exclusively reserved for the executive or the legislature? In an unusually harsh...
The three barriers blocking Zimbabwe's progress: Zanu-PF, Mnangagwa and the military
The three barriers blocking Zimbabwe's progress: Zanu-PF, Mnangagwa and the military
Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa has been cautiously...
What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?
What does Ramaphosa's victory mean for South Africa's economy?
A great deal is expected from Cyril Ramaphosa who was elected as the president of South Africa’s governing party, the African National...

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