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The ANC: From 20 years to forever?

In his column The Big Read in The Times of 13 January 2014, Justice Malala wrote: “The answer to why the party (the ANC) will lose votes, though, is not just in its deeds. It is in its misdeeds, its inability to rejuvenate and shear itself of them, and crucially in its failure to convince an increasingly restless populace that it is the custodian of their future.” 

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Is Jacob Zuma becoming too much of a liability for the ANC?

2014 marks our twentieth year of democracy and the question being asked is whether President Zuma, with his increasingly heavy personal baggage is turning into a serious liability for the ANC as it faces the electorate in 2014?

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Two neighbours in the same middle-class suburb: one family black, the other white. A recent article by Leon Schreiber carried by Politicsweb suggests that even though these families would have a great deal in common in terms of lifestyle, interests and needs: “the odds are that racialised thinking would convince both families that they actually have very little in common. A black family might assume that the whites have more in common with rich white industrialists living on an exclusive estate, while the white family might assume that the blacks have more in common with impoverished black people living in a township on the outskirts of town”.

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Whites have folded their arms

On the one hand…. In an interview with Al Jazeera 15 June 2013, Reverend Frank Chikane, Director-General of the Presidency under President Mbeki and author of The Things That Could Not Be Said, commented that: “I thought blacks and whites would work together but since de Klerk left, I have the feeling that the whites in the country have folded their arms and are waiting for this black government to change the country”. 

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The minds and moods of the Afrikaans market

What are the sentiments of the Afrikaans market? JOS KUPER provides valuable insights gleaned from in-depth research.

Contrary to the belief in some quarters and even in what is reflected in the media, the Afrikaans sector is not a pessimistic, disillusioned population that has no home in the ‘new' South Africa. In keeping with the majority of the population, first-language Afrikaans speakers describe themselves first and foremost as South Africans rather than the other options like African, or by language, race, cultural group or religion. When asked for their second descriptor, race is more likely to be selected than language, albeit at a very low level.