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Growing pains in the colourful country

Ferial Haffajee looks at the latest book to offer an explanation for the mess we're in

Political shifts threaten BEE

Black business is going into this election more politically diverse than it has been since the end of apartheid, writes Ferial Haffajee.

Ironically conservative

Ferial Haffajee asks whether the government's stance on cultural freedom ignores equal rights for women.

‘We had one of those’

What, I wonder, has become of the audacity of our hope? Could it possibly be true that nations get the leaders they deserve?

Of shooting and falling stars

Ferial Haffajee, together with <i>M&G</i> reporters, delivers this year's report card on government ministers' perfomance.

Where are our Palins?

Our interesting female politicians are almost all in the opposition. Why is that?

The SABC go-around

Is it fair to say the SABC has fallen apart because the centre cannot hold, to quote WB Yeats?

Milking the love

Ferial Haffajee on why she agreed to model for Clover.

Have we become too grand?

Remember the days when, as inaugural transport minister, Mac Maharaj insisted that he would continue to drive his beat-up old Jetta? It struck a chord, for it spoke of a government that would live comfortably yet simply. Those days died quickly as the new democrats dusted off old protocol books designed for a venal order.

The state, revolution and rhetoric

The thought of South African Communist Party (SACP) leader Blade Nzimande as minister of finance sends shivers down my spine. Not because I fear a Red Fiscus (provided it stays in the black). What concerns me is the cavalier absence of thought and analysis that characterises critiques of the ruling party by the central leaders of the SACP and trade union federation Cosatu.

23 days that shook our world

In 23 days, the Jacob Zuma rape trial has shaken our world. Regardless of the outcome, we are in an altered state. The political damage is incalculable, with the ruling African National Congress now an openly divided and faltering movement. This has had a domino effect on the South African Communist Party and the Congress of South African Trade Unions.

White is not the new black

"The <i>Mail & Guardian</i> is a muckraking newspaper. Ours is not a sober newspaper like the <i>Financial Times</i> (though I wish we could occasionally imitate its sobriety) or a paper of record like the <i>Washington Post</i>," writes Ferial Haffajee. Muckraking requires running those articles that stir debate and in the past year we have whet the appetite (and often the ire) of readers -- most recently with Malegapuru Makgoba's article.

Tickle our tummies, hear us purr

The SABC's newsreader purred like a pussycat when she announced last year that the government was giving itself a Christmas present: nine military transport Airbuses at a cost of R1-billion each. The tone of the report was celebratory. The soundbite was from the contracting minister, public enterprise's Alec Erwin, who praised the deal.

‘We’ve got the balls of elephants’

Schabir Shaik will tell the Durban High Court next week that there was nothing improper in his relationship with Deputy President Jacob Zuma, but that they were bound together by deeply personal ties of family and political struggle. Central to the fraud and corruption charges Shaik faces is the allegation that he had a corrupt relationship with Zuma, who facilitated contracts for Shaik's company in return for bribes. Both Zuma and Shaik have disputed this. <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?cg=Insight-National&ao=123337">Politics of patronage</a> <li><a class='standardtextsmall' href="http://www.mg.co.za/Content/l3.asp?cg=Insight-National&ao=123340">Zuma's popularity undented</a>

Africa in the year 2025

A ground-breaking study by the United Nations Development Programme has sought to predict what life in Africa could be like by 2025. Contributions to the study came from more than 1 000 African thinkers. Their prognosis: four scenarios ranging from imminent doom to rapid modernisation and heightened prosperity.

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