One man is single-handedly resurrecting the once-lucrative Ugandan cotton trade and broadening the ‘Africa rising’ narrative, writes Ferial Haffajee.
Gosh, I can’t remember the last time I read such a piece of bombastic bull. Written in the highfalutin jargon of a legal memorandum, it failed miserably.
I’ve long thought the former head of the Directorate of Special Operations, Leonard McCarthy, was less than honest. The
release of transcripts of the so-called “spy tapes” – intercepted conversations belonging to South Africa’s intelligence services – means I now know so.
Have you ever seen a senior politician or leader ride or walk?
It is the largest Cabinet in our post-apartheid history – and the high number of deputy ministers might explain why a little-known politician sprung to infamy.
The police, the courts, the intelligence services and now the revenue service are institutions under threat by criminal elements.
Tired of a god (Nelson Mandela) and a philosopher (Thabo Mbeki), the governing ANC chose in Jacob Zuma an everyman as its president.
The black is gone.
She may have been the first lady of two countries, but she does not want to be the first citizen of any.
Compatriots, truth be told, ours is a tough country to govern. It’s diverse, opinionated and tjatjarag. We are beautiful but troubled. Our economy is stagnant and possibly about to enter a recession, which is defined as two successive quarters of negative growth.
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It should be increasingly difficult for South Africa’s top executives to justify their enormous pay packages, given the furore over excessive pay, the country’s high level of unemployment, and the huge disparity between the highest- and lowest-paid employees at companies.