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An open letter to the next president of South Africa

An open letter to the next president of South Africa

Dear President Zuma This letter has been a long time in coming. Writing it now is one of many intellectual steps I had hoped never to see myself going through on a journey that I had hoped I would never find myself taking. And when I talk of ‘me’,  I...
Rolling the Dice

Rolling the Dice

Last weekend was spent in Swaziland. If you have no idea where that is, then you would be forgiven. As long as you are not South African, in which case knowing the names of the landlocked nuggets of independence that constitute Swaziland and Lesotho really is...
I told you so

I told you so

I wrote this in July last year, about our dictator-for-life in the country next door. I really do think that someone should consider hiring me as a political analyst. Or at least as a minion in the Office-Of-The-Sadly-Obvious in the department of home affairs. I wish...
A Visit to the Apartheid Museum

A Visit to the Apartheid Museum

It comes as part of being a South African, particularly a white one, that when travelling abroad and meeting people who are remotely educated about world history, that the fat elephant of my country’s racist past comes stomping into the room and taking...
A Reflection on Globalisation

A Reflection on Globalisation

Departing Johannesburg International Airport for Maputo, I picked up a copy of Falling off the Edge: Globalisation, World Peace & Other Lies by James Perry, African Bureau Chief for Time Magazine. In the book, he argues compellingly for the simple conclusion that...
Heart of Darkness

Heart of Darkness

My brother has recently posted a piece on what is happening in the Congo that anyone who considers themselves a person of principle should read. There are some things in the world that are more important that respecting the sovereignty of a nation or the ego and whims...