All articles by: Bryan Rostron

Out Of Africa

Published: November 15, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

It is a recurrent riddle why decent people often fail to speak out against injustice that occurs right under their nose; not something, in other words, that involves an intangible …

Out of Africa

Published: September 10, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

At first glance you wouldn’t think there could be a scary similarity between Cecil Rhodes, the arch imperialist, and the octopus-like clan that emigrated from India and engineered a bold …

Out Of Africa

Published: July 16, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

A foreign family has bought South Africa. They run it as a family concern, instructing the President which Ministers to hire or fire. Originally from India, most of the Guptas …

Out Of Africa

Published: June 17, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

At home I have a 100 billion Zimbabwean dollar note pinned to the fridge door. Rather like the insanely hyper-inflated mark during the Weimar Republic, this pastel blue banknote would …

Out Of Africa

Published: May 23, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

Recently I travelled to another country: a dawn flight from Cape Town to Johannesburg, then a seven hour drive, dropping rapidly down the escarpment through twisting passes and dramatic gorges. …

Out Of Africa

Published: April 23, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

How sleazy does a rich client have to be for Bell Pottinger, the London-based image makers (or PR fakers), to fire them? The toxicity level must be positively stratospheric as …

Out Of Africa

Published: March 27, 2017
Written by Bryan Rostron

Another fire flared on the mountain behind us last Friday. Luckily it died down quickly because much of the bush-covered slope had already burned the previous weekend. That was nothing, …

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 …