Anthony Butler is a professor of political studies at the University of Cape Town.

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The big problem with basic income grants: loan sharks and vampires love them

Large social grants have become collateral for debt, a Black Sash report has shown, writes Anthony Butler

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Clean streets, coalitions and impenetrable polls

Outcome of this municipal election is one of the most difficult to predict with the big parties sabotaging themselves

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Symbolic policy is the last resort of the shambolic minister

Is the nuclear energy plan to blame on a microchip implanted in deputy president David Mabuza’s skull?

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A new apartheid along the vaccination divide looms

There has been a troubling drop in people turning up for the jab, and government needs to ramp up its campaign

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Why jab teachers, who are at less risk than taxi drivers?

Some will view this as successful blackmail by the powerful SA Democratic Teachers Union

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ANTHONY BUTLER | A president at the wheel is far better than a reshuffle

Despite obstructive ministers, Cyril Ramaphosa is coming into his own as his initiatives begin to pay off

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At best, cadre deployment was a transitional instrument whose time has passed

It might be a good idea in principle but it has been a disaster in practice

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Ramaphosa getting into the pound seats, in kilograms too

The president is steadfastly accumulating power, but concern over his health is not misplaced

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Mirror, mirror on South Africa’s wall, who’s going to take the blame for it all?

Our economy will tank and the IMF will play a huge role in our future. Now’s just to wait for the blame game

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A BIG mistake to save an unaffordable minister’s job?

The basic income grant, sometimes referred to as BIG, is a superficially attractive idea, but one that obviously won’t ...