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26 November 2015
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13 Nov 2015
South Africa the antithesis of a civilised society
In the book Moral Tribes: Emotion, Reason and the Gap Between Us And Them, author Joshua Greene makes some compelling arguments about some of the factors behind conflict in society. He argues that...
11 Sep 2015
Hysterical pessimism not the solution to South Africa’s problems
In the book Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy, Joseph Schumpeter states: “Frank presentation of ominous facts was never more necessary than it is today because we seem to have developed escapism...
16 Jan 2015
South Africa in 2015
The 2015 political calendar looks very interesting indeed. This is the year of the National General Council (NGC) of the ruling African National Congress (ANC). It is also the year of the special...
14 Nov 2014
The DA – boon or bane for SA democracy?
Is the Democratic Alliance (DA) a blessing or a curse to our democracy? Five years ago, the DA went to court to challenge the decision of the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to withdraw...
17 Oct 2014
First salvos fired in ANC leadership battles
Political insight
The elective national conference of the African National Congress (ANC) is still three years away but, if the deliberations at the Gauteng provincial conference of the ruling party are anything to...
12 Sep 2014
Spy tapes ruling opens Pandora’s box
Democratic alliance (DA) leader Helen Zille, in response to the decision of the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) to grant the party access to the so-called ‘spy tapes’, said that this decision was...
06 Aug 2014
The EFF's dual character
Where do the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) come from, and where are they going? In the lead-up to the 1949 national conference of the African National Congress (ANC), the Youth League tried to...
11 Jul 2014
SA on brink of economic crisis despite assurances
Is the South African economy on the brink of disaster? Or, to put it differently, is South Africa itself on the brink of disaster? Last month, ratings agency Standard and Poor's downgraded the...
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