Tony Leon – The State of South African Liberalism


My guest today is Tony Leon.

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Tony Leon is the Executive Chairman of Resolve Communications (Pty) Ltd, a South African consultancy specialising in strategic communication, reputational management and issues’ advocacy. He is also a noted author, columnist and speaker.

For nearly twenty years Tony Leon has been a Member of Parliament in South Africa, and for thirteen years he led the Democratic Alliance and its predecessor. He is the longest serving Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, since the advent of democracy in April 1994. He led and grew his party from its marginal position on the brink of political extinction into the second largest political force in South Africa.

A trained lawyer, Tony Leon actively participated in the critical constitutional negotiations which led to the birth of a democratic South Africa and served as a co-chairperson of the Constitutional Assembly’s Theme Committee on Fundamental Rights.

He was appointed by President Jacob Zuma as the South African Ambassador to Argentina, Uruguay and Paraguay in August 2009. Since returning from his three year post in Buenos Aires in September 2012, Tony Leon has been thinking, writing, speaking and about matters in South Africa and the world. He consults to businesses both locally and abroad and has a special interest in risk consulting on Africa and South America and on navigating the intricacies of the booming markets of South America.

We discuss the current state of liberalism in South Africa, why Jacob Zuma is an incompetent executive and the incoherent nature of South African foreign policy.

Tony Leon official website and books | Resolve Communications

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Views from the left – An Interview with Andile Mngxitama

c2e01873469c4129af20c0ad77f1752cMy guest today is Andile Mngxitama.

Andile is a leading Black Consciousness thinker, organizer and activist, He holds an MA in sociology from the University of Witwatersrand.
Andile is a former member of parliament for the Economic Freedom Fighters. He also served as their commissar for land and agrarian revolution. He publishes a pamphlet series called New Frank Talk and is also a columnist for the Sowetan and City Press newspapers.

Andile is an associate of the Sankara Policy and Political School and founding member of the Black First Land First movement.

In this week’s show we cover Andile’s view on land policy – why all South African land is stolen property – and his views on racial redress and inequality.

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How long will South Africa Survive? – An interview with RW Johnson

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My guest today is RW Johnson.

R. W. Johnson is a South African author, journalist and historian.  Born in England, he was educated at Natal University and Oxford University, as a Rhodes Scholar. He was a fellow in politics, philosophy and economics at Magdalen College, Oxford, for twenty-six years. He was formerly director of the Helen Suzman Foundation in Johannesburg.

He has published 12 books including Shootdown: The Verdict on KAL 007, South Africa’s Brave New World and his most recent How Long will South Africa Survive which is a follow up to his 1977 book of the same title.

His most recent book has captured the public imagination and is being debated both in the press and across dinner tables around the country.

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The Future of South African Politics – Interview with Michael Harris

317e5f9My guest on this week’s podcast is Michael Harris. Michael is an independent political strategist. He is also a partner at Vsolution management consultancy,

Michael trained at leading geopolitical consultancy Stratfor in the United States and has been published on a number of topics ranging from local election forecasts to African geopolitics.

This week we dive into the South African political landscape. We cover the ANC succession, the future of the DA, the COSATU split, the future landscape of Municipal politics and the political forecast of SA’s future.

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Music by Lee Rosevere and Vadim Chaimovich