The veteran liberation struggle activist brings gravitas to every position he occupies.
A 1971 law, and the parallel growth of an illegal economy, shaped South Africa’s unique cannabis landscape.
The activist is today the subject of songs, sculptures, an annual lecture and even a new musical.
In South Africa coalitions are weaponised as extensions of elections.
The pioneering role she played, and the sacrifices she made, extended well beyond the famous 1956 Women’s March.
Mbeki has successfully transitioned from being an old horse of South Africa’s governing ANC to a highly venerated and in-demand African elder statesman.
Land reform had not been held back by the constitution but by capacity constraints and a lack of political will.
The famous writer turns 70 this year. She is driven by how South Africans see and hear one another.
Reviving the capacity of the state is also crucial to shoring up support for democracy in the long term.
Basic income support is not a question of government “being generous”. The money will be taken from employed citizens and the affluent.
Ramaphosa currently has no known rivals with widespread support within the African National Congress.
The South African electorate is becoming less tied to race and identity-based voting but are increasingly making a wider evaluation of the performance of political incumbents.
The failure of the 2021 post-election deal is a missed opportunity for the African National Congress and Inkatha to work together.
Metros may be a graveyard for political ambition. But if parties or individuals succeed, the rewards are considerable.
South Africa’s youth unemployment tax incentive is effectively a subsidy to the profits of companies.
South Africa’s political parties would do well to learn from Ireland, where the three largest political parties negotiated a coalition treaty that stipulated mechanisms for conflict resolution.
The ANC did not create most of the patterns for which it is blamed. But it has done far too little to change them and often seems happy simply to live with them.
It’s not convincing to argue that the political parties would not be able to campaign as they have done in the past.
The revered trombonist, composer and cultural activist never wished to be ‘the state composer’ but remained political until the end, in service of the people.
His appearance on behalf of the families of mine workers shot by the police at the Marikana Commission of Inquiry was just one of his efforts to seek justice for the poor and marginalised.