Good for SA, good for the region

At 34-years-old, Mmusi Maimane is not only the first black leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, but one of the youngest leaders of a major political formation in the region in recent years.

Coming from a nondescript background – growing up in Kagiso on the West Rand – Maimane represents a refreshing break from the typical African political leader, who in most cases is advanced in years. The ‘Rainbow Nation’ could just have caught its second wind. From the heady days following independence in 1994, reality soon set in, in our neighbour as the government there took in the scale of a historically skewed socio-economic challenge.

Expectations were high, even unrealistic, and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) soon found itself falling out of favour with some of its previously most hardened supporters.

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Reconciliation talks excite Batswana

Many have made it very clear that there is nothing more they would prefer than seeing the two ending their feud and working together for the good of the country.While some Batswana dismissed reconciliatory efforts as a political ploy, many Batswana welcomed the move with open arms because it is obvious that the feud between the president and former president has not been looking good for the country.The misunderstanding that seems to have started...

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