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Jonny Steinberg teaches African studies at Oxford University and writes a regular column for Business Day and BusinessLIVE.


The ANC’s nest is well-feathered in rural SA

The relationship between geographically uneven growth and parties in SA has entrenched patronage politics


A tale of two presidents willing to destroy democracy for power

Jacob Zuma and Donald Trump share a modus operandi, and only time will tell if the US leader’s strategy succeeds


Don’t be smug, Thabo. You are partly to blame for the mess we’re in

Mbeki could have paved the way for a tolerable future, but he pitted the ANC against itself in pursuit of control


Cyril’s dad was economic with his words, but not with his loving care

In this time of isolation and fear, it is worth recalling the example of Samuel Ramaphosa when his sons were in jail