Auf Wiedersehen England

With the news today that Margaret Thatcher has died, I got to thinking about the real legacy of her tenure, and I remembered a poem that my bricklayer father and his friends wrote in the wake of the British recession of the early 1990s. A recession that resulted in my father, many of his friends,…

The sinister cloud over the Rainbow Nation

On May 8 this year, South Africa’s former deputy president Jacob Zuma was acquitted of rape at one of the most controversial and highly publicised trials in the country’s history. As Judge Willem van der Merwe handed down his judgement of “not guilty” at Johannesburg High Court, he widely criticised the state’s case against the…

Bullets and brass neck

Described by Francis Drake in 1580 as the “the fairest cape in the whole circumference of the earth”, Cape Town has long since been the jewel in South Africa’s crown. Set at the southern most tip of the continent against the majestic backdrop of Table Mountain, the city’s eclectic charm has resulted in a steady…

Whistle down the wind

Amid growing concern over the worsening climate of corruption in South Africa, Laury Jeanneret speaks to Wouter Grové about Vuvuzela – the country’s newest corporate crime fighting initiative Wouter Grové (pictured opposite left) is a man on a mission. Fresh off the back of the Travelgate scandal and continuing allegations of sleaze and corruption within…

Cosmas Desmond: The man who saved the world

When I was a little girl my granddad used to tell me stories about a member of our family who was a hero. He had, my granddad said, travelled to a far away land and fought bad men who did bad things, he had written a book which the people in power didn’t like very…

Broken Britain and the new age of anarchy

As civil unrest continues to rage throughout our country, wider questions need to be answered about the backdrop against which ordinary citizens have resorted to mob, and yob-rule. For the past week I, like many other Britons, have watched in horror as my capital city has burned and countless other cities across this once green…

Iron Lady: Rust in peace

“Where there is discord, may we bring harmony,” Margaret Thatcher told the British public as she entered office as the first female prime minister in 1979. And yet ironically, for something that started with a quote from St Francis of Assisi, Thatcher became one of the most divisive figures in British history. Death hasn’t changed…