“Expropriation without compensation” Where is the plan for addressing land reform? (Polity 5 August 2018, reprinted Daily Maverick)

Democratic and ethical leadership depends, in the first place, on trust.  People need to believe and trust what a leader or organisation says before they can rely on them to safeguard their present and future conditions. Continue reading

Undeclared crisis of the ‘new dawn’ (Polity29 July 2018, reprinted in Daily Maverick)

There are a range of developments happening simultaneously at the moment that throw a disquieting light on any democratic and potentially broader emancipatory project in South Africa.  Continue reading

Bonile Bam’s exhibition at Bunting Road, Doornfontein, Soweto campuses


All the launches for the exhibition of Bonile Bam’s work have now been completed, though the work will still be exhibited for some two months. Continue reading

Insights of rating agencies and thinking on the ground (Polity, 15 July 2018, reprinted Daily Maverick)

When Cyril Ramaphosa became state president, he inherited leadership in a state with a massive debt. Continue reading

Response to Sisonke Msimang on Mandela’s alleged domestic violence: debate  crucial but present readers with all relevant facts

It is important that we analyse Nelson Mandela with integrity, revealing any evidence that may assist us to understand him as a full human being. Continue reading

Lessons from Mandela’s leadership (Part 5, Polity, 9 July 2018, reprinted Daily Maverick)


This series has repeatedly referred to the problem of celebrating Nelson Mandela without articulating the qualities that attached to him, that ought to be admired in the month or centenary of his birth. Continue reading

Nelson Mandela’s leadership and gender practices (#MandelaLeadershipSeries Part 4, Polity 2 July 2018, reprinted in Daily Maverick)

The centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth continues to be dominated by celebration of a person, the character of whose greatness is not probed.  Continue reading