Farewell Maggie

Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela and South Africa’s debt to the Iron Lady  South African President Jacob Zuma was among the first heads of state to offer his nation’s “heartfelt” condolences after news broke today that Maggie Thatcher (87) has died. His action spoke volumes. Confirming the reputational rehabilitation of a woman once reviled within the … Read more

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Afro-optimism growing?

Looking ahead to Davos 2013 and an update on Klaus Schwab’s pragmatic Afro-Optimism Next month, I’ll be attending my tenth World Economic Forum meeting in Davos. It’s a significant investment, especially as the restraint precludes me from writing or broadcasting about the event. But the gathering is like a university And I can’t wait to … Read more

Stories of the week: What divides and unites us

It’s been a strange and dramatic news week in SA, with the murder of AWB leader Eugene Terre’Blanche dominating the news. There were also some Far Side moments, chief among them these two videos – of ANC Youth League leader descending into a Mugabe-style rant in a press conference when BBC journalist Jonah Fisher called … Read more

Mad Dog abduction

Now we know it’s true. Mad Dog Mugabe was indeed abducted and replaced by an impostor from the planet Loon in 1994. The world domination bit isn’t quite working but they’ve got a small country in Africa in their grip. Any one got any ideas why they should want to start in Zim?