Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor

Sam Mkokeli is an SA journalist and politics researcher who has worked as political editor of Business Day in the past and now contributes to Business Day, Financial Mail and the Sunday Times.

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
Fired-up Maluleke defends census figures

Statistician General Risenga Maluleke has come out guns blazing, dismissing critics of South Africa's 2022 census as representing a minority view in ...

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
SAM MKOKELI | Operation Vulindlela a great plan, but can it touch local ...

Many sceptics or critics of the Government of National Unity (GNU) see its potentially weak longevity as the main reason for its negative outlook.

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
SAM MKOKELI | Inside Cyril’s head as he conjures up yet another speech from ...

“Opening of parliament speeches should be easy if the government did its work in the past year or so,” we expect Cyril Ramaphosa to say when he opens ...

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
SAM MKOKELI | Is decline in mining behind cut in load-shedding?

Gwede Mantashe, as per tradition, has written a handover report for whoever is chosen as minister of mineral resources and energy.

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
‘We almost walked away’: Helen Zille details tough GNU negotiations

DA federal council chair Helen Zille described last week as a tough one in the negotiations for a cabinet, in which her party almost walked away.

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
SAM MKOKELI | It may be a GNU spring, but ‘short winter blanket’ syndrome looms

We will see the "short-winter blanket" syndrome as the new coalition cabinet takes off. Being strange bedfellows, the coalition partners will tussle ...

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
SAM MKOKELI | Buckle-up for a bumpy ride on a fake GNU

A pay-as-you-go cabinet in the offing

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
SAM MKOKELI | Will Ramaphosa lead or sink to a new low?

Cyril Ramaphosa has a final chance to show whether he has an agenda to improve South Africa or if he is just a passenger being blown by political ...

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
SAM MKOKELI | The sky will not fall – South Africa is not the ANC

The short term will be volatile and absolutely painful, but necessary, writes Sam Mkokeli.

Sam Mkokeli Columnist and contributor
Can Songezo Zibi Rise to the occasion?

Nobody bats an eyelid as the cock crows about a metre from the rondavel. In a rural village, such a sound is as natural as the fresh breeze of the ...