‘The Economist’ and South Africa

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  by Hannes Wessels They say crime doesn’t pay but it sure as hell does in South Africa. The ANC has been running the country for 25 years now, they have broken virtually everything they have touched and what they couldn’t break they have stolen. In the lead up to the election there was widespread […]

A Bad Week For Christians

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by Hannes Wessels On one of the holiest days on the Christian calendar, Christians will look back on the events of the past week with little cheer. Apart from the Eiffel Tower, no building represents France quite like Notre Dame Cathedral and for Christians everywhere, the beautiful building is massively symbolic. Construction began under the […]

The Breaking of Britain.

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by Hannes Wessels I’m no fan of English politicians, having been on the receiving end of their deceit and moral cowardice when they deemed it expedient to abandon principle and promises simply because times and attitudes had changed. But watching the shambles unfold at Westminster is not something I celebrate. If the English got nothing […]

What Rule Of Law?

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by Hannes Wessels   In the heady early days of independence in Zimbabwe, when Robert Mugabe was the world’s most loved freedom fighter and euphoria abounded within and without the country it seemed a peaceful and prosperous future for the newly emancipated citizenry was all but assured. Then in August 1980 there was a rude […]

Southern Africa Sinking

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by Hannes Wessels Last week cyclone Idai hit central Mozambique and caused the worst natural disaster to hit the sub-continent in living memory. Beira, the country’s second biggest city and port to Zimbabwe and beyond has been obliterated. Roads and bridges have been destroyed. Over half a million people are trapped and thousands have died […]

Helen Zille: Unsung Heroine

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by Hannes Wessels With the sun setting on her stellar political career, there may be no contemporary politician who has done more good for more people for less reward than Helen Zille. Through her working and political career, she has been diligent, dedicated and fearless in working to protect the poor, remedy injustice and improve […]

The Lying Press

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by Hannes Wessels The news that Covington Catholic High School student Nick Sandmann has filed a $250 million lawsuit against Jeff Bezos’s Washington Post must have pleased President Trump. Bezos has made destroying the Trump presidency an editorial priority and his reporters have been unrelenting in their hostility toward his administration. In this instance the […]

No Whites; No Lights

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  by Hannes Wessels South Africa is presently in the grip of a self-inflicted crisis as Eskom, the state-owned and managed monopoly charged with supplying the country’s electricity, appears to be drowning in debt and collapsing under the weight of rampant mismanagement and chronic corruption. The president, who was Jacob Zuma’s vice-president for four years, […]

Democracy and Destruction

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by Hannes Wessels Recently I watched a video clip of people being interviewed in what was still then Salisbury (now Harare) days after the official announcement made by then Governor Soames confirming that Robert Mugabe would head the first government of the newly independent Republic of Zimbabwe. All the Africans interviewed were thrilled and spoke […]

Why Can’t We Be Like The Kenyans?

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by Hannes Wessels My infatuation with Kenya goes back almost 50 years to my early teens when I first read Robert Ruark’s African classics; Something of Value and Uhuru. Enthralled by the people, the places, the savagery, the beauty, the tragedies, the triumphs; these pages were life-changers for me and I was left as a […]