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Ismail Lagardien Columnist & essayist

Ismail Lagardien was educated at the London School of Economics and holds a PhD in international political economy. Earlier, he was a journalist, a photojournalist and an academic, and worked in the Office of the Chief Economist of the World Bank, and in the Secretariat of the National Planning Commission. He was also the executive dean of business and economics sciences at Nelson Mandela University.

The end of an emotional rollercoaster ride

Opinion

This is my last column for The Herald. With this, I close a five-year relationship I have had with the Bay area, the ...

Some of greatest minds didn’t have qualifications to match

Opinion

Some of greatest minds didn’t have qualifications to match

Failed Maimane ‘experiment’ a setback for DA

Opinion

So, Mmusi Maimane was “an experiment” that “went wrong”. The DA then reverted to type, and replaced him with the ...

Suez Canal blockage: Populist EFF politics a bigger obstacle to opportunities

Opinion

With a mighty container ship blocking passageway through the Suez Canal, the single-most important link between the ...

Long history of black cricketers being sidelined

Opinion

There is a long history of black cricketers threatening white superiority in SA.

Name changes in SA are not about our personal convenience

Opinion

People who hold onto their identity as settler colonists of SA (who, in my view, are as South African as everyone ...

Good civics education will improve understanding of role of newspapers

Opinion

One of the myriad failures of SA’s education system — the post-1994 period — is a poor knowledge of civics and society.

Take the vaccine — it will save your life

Opinion

Their main concern is whether it would be “halal”. It’s a tough one. I don’t know whether the vaccinations are “halal,” ...

Parallels unnerving in veritable end-of-empire type feast between Malema and Zuma

Opinion

Zuma’s spokesperson, Vukile Mathebula echoed Pambo’s claim: “The young man [Malema] wanted to have tea with the elder, ...

ANC afraid to disband its rabble-rousing toy soldiers

Opinion

More than three decades after not winning the military conflict against the apartheid regime, the ANC’s military wing, ...