No amount of champagne, cakes or booze-fuelled parties can mask the reality of the what the ANC has become.
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If we succeed in containing the virus in the 21-day period, the only way for us to protect the gains we would have made, is to retain some restrictions while relaxing others, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The crisis induced real fear in our politics and society and removed consensus as a requirement for decision-making, paving the way for Ramaphosa to lead with less obstruction, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It's is a crisis moment not only for the government, but also for communities who must now learn to live apart when they feel they need each other more than before, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The idea of a charter city is enticing - however, it raises serious moral issues in the context of South Africa as it effectively entails us building new cities to avoid the urban decay and also the social problems that has engulfed our metros, writes Ralph Mathekga.
While Mboweni may not deliver an aggressive budget because our politics does not allow for such at this point, the minister should not miss an opportunity to tell us the truth about how deep in it we are, writes Ralph Mathekga.
With the stark challenges as the ones we are experiencing, the best option for the president would be to forget about the art of balancing and commit to a few things and make it clear as to when they will be done, writes Ralph Mathekga.
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In moments such as these, reasons and reasonableness are the first casualties out of the window while panic and public pressure dictate responses, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The unfortunate part of the reality is that by the time the 2021 elections are held, the mayors of Tshwane and Johannesburg would certainly have been in the job for less than two years, writes Ralph Mathekga.
By attacking principles such as reconciliation and tolerance as we walk away from Mandela's legacy, we are effectively desecrating our own history, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The instructions from Luthuli House would certainly urge that the ANC caucus in Parliament shows restraint on Mkhwebane, while the Union Buildings would certainly prefer her out of the office as soon as yesterday., writes Ralph Mathekga.
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The President did not skip Davos because he is worried about the collective within the ANC which might take a decision he would not like simply because he is ticked "absent" on the register that day. This is about whom the president leaves the ANC with, writes Ralph Mathekga.
Our decisions regarding when to intervene in resolving problems in our society are driven by the needs of service providers, and not necessarily the need to roll out services efficiently and at less cost. We have allowed problems at Eskom and other areas to become crisis before we can intervene simply because crisis response benefits service providers, Ralph Mathekga.
This is a country of contradictions, imperfections, disappointments, promises, and hope. Whatever you make of it, no place is like South Africa, writes Ralph Mathekga.
The problem is that when general policy failure happens, it is unjustifiable to conclude that the general policy failures are caused by affirmative action, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It is a stretch to say Bongani Bongo's arrest is a high profile state capture arrest. He is not even a high profile politician; he is merely a low level fixer who was inexplicably appointed to Cabinet by Zuma, writes Ralph Mathekga.
Freeing Eskom from the grip of the ANC-led government could also have implications on the behaviour of the private sector which could gain massive power through which to subvert the transformation agenda of the ANC, writes Ralph Mathekga.
Could 2020 be the year of amplified conflict among the various interest groups jostling for political power in South Africa? I am nearly convinced that is the case, as we will see in the year, writes Ralph Mathekga.
In the end, there is a new script that was written for the EFF in Nasrec, including its concern with "big issues" such as building a united Africa. I hear this is an agenda, the pursuit of which, will upset forces that would seek to remove Mr Malema from the face of the earth, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It is senseless that the best way to get people to pay what they do not need or want, is to reward them with exactly what they do not need, writes Ralph Mathekga.
It is not normal for a society to be this unequal, hence we cannot adopt a standard or even classical approach to the challenges that we encounter, writes Ralph Mathekga.
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