CHRIS ROPER: Misquoting Mandela (and everyone else)

Wherever you turn, charlatans are co-opting the legacies of late statesmen — or engaged in outright fabrication thereof — in service of their own interests

Negotiating history: inside the talks that ended apartheid

A new book delves into the backstory of the negotiations that ended apartheid and forged a multiparty democracy in SA — the secret talks and power struggles ...

SA tourism: seeing red (list)

In the face of government inaction, SA tourism association Satsa began lobbying the UK government to remove SA from its ‘red list’ in May. With luck, its ...

Guinea: At the heart of power

On September 5, Guinean leader Alpha Condé was ousted in a bloodless coup. Though talks are under way for a transition to civilian leadership, not everyone is ...

ANTHONY BUTLER: Rating Ramaphosa

Since taking the reins of the ANC and the country, Cyril Ramaphosa has consolidated his position. But the momentum of his early gains has waned, and the slow ...

David Mabuza: The cat plays it cool

It’s unclear, given David Mabuza’s lengthy absence from office for medical treatment, whether he’ll be fit for re-election to the deputy presidency come 2022 ...

Judgment day looms for ANC

A new Ipsos poll finds that support for the ANC among registered voters has fallen to 49.3%. This is deeply worrying for a party already riddled with ...

BrightRock: from zero to R2.1bn in premiums

It’s taken 10 years, but the BrightRock team has turned its plan to shake up the life insurance industry into action. Today, the company is the third-largest ...

Can SA join the golden twenties?

If SA accelerates economic reforms, it could hitch a ride on a stronger global economy over the next few years. If not, it is likely to revert to pre-Covid ...

CHRIS ROPER: The bearer of bad news

Kenny Kunene’s revamped news site is an object lesson in how not to do journalism. Its flagrant disregard for the basic tenets of the profession risks eroding ...

The 9/11 legacy: how the War on Terror was lost

In 2001 a deeply wounded US responded to the horrific 9/11 attacks with the invasion of Afghanistan and, later, Iraq. A campaign that may have started for the ...

How AB InBev’s takeover of SABMiller backfired

The world’s biggest brewing company had made a habit of buying smaller companies, then increasing operating profits by drastically cutting costs. This did not ...

Dear ANC, have you considered debt counselling?

A R100m tax bill, R71m in outstanding provident fund contributions, and two months of unpaid staff salaries — It’s no wonder the ANC has turned to crowdfunding ...

High-stakes heroes: Some of SA’s bravest whistle-blowers have been women

Women seem to have been at the forefront of blowing the whistle on corruption in SA in recent years. Historically, too, there’s a tradition of women ...

Why a basic income grant would bust the budget

A universal basic income grant costing R200bn is a nonstarter; a pragmatic approach that combines public works schemes with targeted income support and faster ...

CHRIS ROPER: Social media — the good, the bad and the ugly

We can’t deny the influence social media platforms have on political life. Which is why we need to find a way to moderate the negatives of the virtual world, ...