All articles by: Bryan Rostron

Out Of Africa

Published: February 26, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

In an age of increasing intolerance it is worth recalling that Voltaire did not say, “I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right …

Out Of Africa

Published: January 31, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

As we tip-toe gingerly into a new, looking-glass era, South Africa seems a relatively safe and sane place to be. After President Donald Trump’s recent twitter spat with Meryl Streep, …

Bryan Rostron: Out Of Africa

Published: December 22, 2016
Written by Bryan Rostron

How do you deal with a President who works hard on puffing up his own ego, is intent on enriching himself and family, operates by smearing opponents, tells serial fibs, …

Out Of Africa: Bryan Rostron

Published: September 18, 2016
Written by Bryan Rostron

The counter-revolution is in full swing. The African National Congress (ANC) is, in the words of our deputy president, at war with itself. The Cabinet too. The tight coterie around …

Out Of Africa – Bryan Rostron

Published: July 27, 2016
Written by Bryan Rostron

Notoriously, he can’t keep his pecker in his pocket. As infamously, he has a long history of being unable to keep his hands out of other people’s pockets. And almost …

Out Of Africa – Bryan Rostron

Published: June 29, 2016
Written by Bryan Rostron

To my astonishment, for our passage to Robben Island to scatter the ashes of a former political prisoner, the ferry was called ‘Jester’. At first, under an overcast grey sky …

Out of Africa – Bryan Rostron

Published: May 30, 2016
Written by Bryan Rostron

Gold mining has been the crucible of modern South Africa: a source of relentless conflict as well as the ­generator of prodigious fortunes and ­incalculable misery.

Out of Africa – Bryan Rostron

Published: May 2, 2016
Written by Bryan Rostron

The unimaginably long defensive wall, we are told, “was intended, as was universally proclaimed and known, to be a protection against the peoples of the north”.

Out of Africa – Bryan Rostron

Published: March 7, 2016
Written by Bryan Rostron

All over the world the frustration of those who feel excluded or socially disinherited seems to be bursting into populist, often incoherent fury, from ­redneck Trumpery in the United States …

Bryan Rostron

Published: July 2, 2015
Written by Bryan Rostron

Self-serving rhetoric was again on display at the recent African Union (AU) summit in Johannesburg – culminating in the narrow escape by Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir after a South African …