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JONATHAN JANSEN: South Africa's devastating obsession with corrective knowledge

'There must be few nations in the world whose university students would go apoplectic about what to do with a dead white man's statue'

11 hours ago
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POP QUIZ: The ANC conference in nine brain-rattling questions

Nine brain-rattling questions that are a lot harder to answer than you think

PETER BRUCE: How Steinhoff has exploded the myth of Afrikaner business

'The essence of South African capitalism's disease is that business chases short-term gain at the expense of long-term stability'

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JAN-JAN JOUBERT: Why it is impossible to call the ANC presidential vote

'As the delegates head to Nasrec, there are four interrelated aspects that ensure analysts are loath to call a result too early'

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TOM EATON: Goodbye to ink on thinly sliced sheets of wood

'For a species that took hundreds of thousands of years to figure out how to cook food with fire, the last hundred years have been a mind-melting rush strapped ...

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JAMIE MCGEEVER: Who knew? The global economy is booming

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Why the ANC may split if Ramaphosa loses

'It would be inconceivable for Ramaphosa to unite behind the vision of the people who are backing Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma'

RANJENI MUNUSAMY: Strategic failures that may cost Ramaphosa the presidency

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COLIN COLEMAN: Rise or fall: SA at a crossroads as ANC decides

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LEONID BERSHIDSKY: Google and Facebook too can be disrupted. Brendan Eich thinks he knows how

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Don’t worry, bitcoin won’t melt the ice caps

It’s true that mining the digital currency uses an enormous amount of energy — but we need some perspective on this, writes Elaine Ou

JONATHAN JANSEN: SA's terrible showing in PIRLS reading study is a national crisis

'We can now state without fear of contradiction that this government's track record on education has been an unmitigated failure'

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MATT LEVINE: Securities watchdog halts silly initial coin offering, and leaves us none the wiser

The securities watchdog's move against PlexCoin was good entertainment, but didn’t tell us much about where it stands on cryptocurrencies, writes Matt Levine

What a technophobe doctor shows about future of work

Stephen Carter asks if workers who cannot keep up with the internet should be left behind

JOSH COHEN: There's a new sheriff in the Middle East

'The Sochi summit conspicuously did not include delegates from the United States or the European Union. And while its focus was on the Middle East, it’s clear ...

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