• Broadcasting meltdown

    CHICKENS are at last coming home to roost for South African Airways. Business rescue basically means it will survive in some form in private hands, or simply disappear into liquidation. Either way it will be […]

     
  • South Africa’s economic saboteurs

    PRESIDENT Cyril Ramaphosa reckons that economic sabotage is partly to blame for Eskom’s recent level-six load shedding; eerily reminiscent of Alec Erwin’s loose bolt at Koeberg in 2006. How, then, would Ramaphosa describe the systematic […]

     
  • Le Carré as Historical Commentator

    Le Carré as Historical Commentator

    SOME years back I set myself a pleasant task: to systematically re-read the books of my favourite authors. Without being morbid, approaching late middle age it’s realistic to acknowledge that this is something to indulge […]

     
  • Agent Running in the Field

    Agent Running in the Field

    John le Carré, Agent Running in the Field (London: Viking) WITH a degree of inevitability, the Brexit novel has arrived. Happily, one of the authors is the 88-year-old John le Carré, an articulate Remainer. There […]

     
  • A House Divided: The Feud that Took Cape Town to the Brink

    A House Divided: The Feud that Took Cape Town to the Brink

    Crispian Olver, A House Divided: The Feud that Took Cape Town to the Brink (Jonathan Ball, 2019) CAPE Town has a reputation, based on consistent clean audits and much evidence of administrative efficiency, as the […]

     
  • Permanent Record

    Permanent Record

    Edward Snowden, Permanent Record (Macmillan, 2019) THE first, and most important, point to make about Edward Snowden is that he is not Julian Assange. Snowden is a whistleblower in the classic sense who identified illegality, […]

     
  • Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections

    Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections

    Benjamin Pogrund (ed.), Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe: New Reflections (Jonathan Ball, 2019) WRITTEN out of history – that is fair comment on the life of founding Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) president Robert Sobukwe. First imprisoned by […]

     
  • Post-Apartheid Censorship and the Chief with a Double Agenda

    Post-Apartheid Censorship and the Chief with a Double Agenda

    THE early 1990s were a time of acute instability in South Africa – but also of great hope. Structural change was yet to begin, but many of the apartheid regime’s proscriptions, such as censorship, were […]

     
  • In an Age of Unreason

    In an Age of Unreason

    ‘BREXIT means Brexit’; except that for Theresa May it failed spectacularly to do so. It could yet elude Boris Johnson, too. At a superficial level the June 2016 referendum result reflected English nostalgia for a […]

     
  • The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles

    The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles

    Caryn Dolley, The Enforcers: Inside Cape Town’s Deadly Nightclub Battles (Jonathan Ball, 2019) RATIONAL people might assume that there is a clear fault line between police and criminals; yet even in the best-ordered societies the […]