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10 February 2016
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15 Jan 2016
Municipal vote could be pointer to ANC’s electoral fortunes going forward
This year is the year of the local government elections. This means that, between May and August, we will know whether shifts in voter sentiment, significant or not, have occurred or not. In...
11 Dec 2015
2015 – the year that was
As people say, there is never a dull moment in South African politics. Indeed, in 2015 there were many moments in our politics that were definitely not dull. The year started in February with a...
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...
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