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Saturday, February 8th, 2014

A ‘credible political opposition’ in South Africa

South African writer and journalist, William Gumede, in a contribution to The Guardian asserts that “South Africa desperately needs a relevant, credible and non-racial alternative to the dominant ANC” if “the infant democracy to fully come of age”. No evidence is given to support the claim of ‘desperation’, or any analysis to uphold the idea...

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014

Mamphela had a Party

A star that shone too brightly has been snuffed out before its time. On Tuesday, not even a year since its launch, and months shy of contesting its first – and South Africa’s fourth – democratic election,...

Friday, December 6th, 2013

Madiba: I remember

I remember not knowing what you looked like; at sunrise seeing the regime’s footmen erase your name from walls before the paint had dried. I remember, as a child, sitting on the back seat of the car...

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Dreaming of an African Pope

Gather round children and hear “ Africans seem naturally networked to religion.” Bow thy heads in shame yea northern heathens for the “Catholic Church, the largest Christian denomination, is part of the fabric of all African societies.”...

Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Mamphela Ramphele has a Party

Apathetic liberal hearts in South Africa (and some in the mainstream media) will beat a little faster, but fleetingly, for the cause of “Agang” (‘Let us build’ in Sesotho; though some claim it means something else completely),...

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Extreme Makeover: The Patri$e Mot$epe Edition

Perhaps it is unfair to be skeptical of the announcement a few weeks ago by South Africa’s first black dollar billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, that he will donate half of the value of his family’s assets to charity...

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

The Next Pope: Another African?

The spiritual Rottweiler, Pope Benedict XVI, is knackered. Just short of eight years into his papacy, the “R” bomb has been dropped on the Holy See; resurrecting a tradition established by Pope Gregory XII in 1415. Citing...

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

While we were tweeting…

The month of August came and went explosively in South Africa, with 34 striking miners killed in a hail of police bullets. Ten more have died in the protracted strike (2 police, 2 security guards, and an...

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Ruth Bader Ginsburg knows her constitutions

US Supreme Court Judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg recently praised the South African Constitution making process–over that of the United States–as an example that could be instructive for a post-revolution Egypt. Ginsburg’s comments, in a wide-ranging interview with Egypt’s Al-Hayat...

Tuesday, February 7th, 2012

The Two Sudans

On July 6 2011, the world’s diplomatic elite flocked to one of the globe’s most underdeveloped regions to bask in the warm glow of the birth of a new nation. That South Sudan’s struggle for independence had...

Monday, February 6th, 2012

JM Coetzee’s Cricketing Life

It was with some intrigue that my J.M. Coetzee google alert recently informed me that the elusive author had published something new; this time, apparently, in a contribution to a book celebrating, of all things, Australian cricket.

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

Ranking the chattering classes

A survey of the University of Pennsylvania’s recently released Global Go To Think Tank Report’s "Top Thirty Think Tanks in sub-Saharan Africa" may leave the average reader of AIAC slightly perplexed as to what it takes to...

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Parachute Journalism

In my previous life as a South African political analyst, I would spend long hours on the telephone to a ‘political risk analyst’ in New York, working for a major international investment advisory group.  The conversations were...

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Malema time

The levels of existing poverty, unemployment and material inequality in South Africa are politically and socially unsustainable. This much has always been true. For the country to flourish, democracy –in that well worn cliché –must deliver a...

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The Sudan Report

By Jonathan Faull* It is just over 100 days since ICC indicted genocidaire Field-Marshall Omer Al-Bashir, President of the defunct Republic stood center-stage in Juba to be deliriously cheered by his erstwhile enemies.  The world sighed at...

Thursday, October 7th, 2010

Desmond Tutu embarks on life of well-earned dotage

Desmond Tutu, public intellectual, cleric, all round enemy-of-injustice, and professional granddad, departs the public stage today – his 79th birthday – for a life of well-earned dotage.