WHAT are we to make of it all? Only two weeks into the year and so much has happened already — ANC succession battles, the new public protector‘s leaked report into apartheid-era bank bailouts, Mmusi Maimane in Israel, massive rhetoric around the economy and new policies, plus intimations that #FeesMustFall will be a big issue yet again. The past week has provided even more evidence that fears about the ascendance of Donald Trump to the most powerful position in the world are justified. He has attacked journalists, rubbished civil rights icons and continued to show a complete lack of appreciation for the importance of the office he is about to assume. China has flexed its muscles in Nigeria, forcing the country to dump relations with Taiwan. Expect China to flex its muscles elsewhere. It is confusing. It is sometimes scary. How does one navigate such a noisy, contested terrain, particularly in South Africa?The first thing to keep in mind about South African politics in 2017 is that ...

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