Author Archives: Richard Clarke

About Richard Clarke

A writer and researcher working on game strategies, Sudoku, systems analysis, AI and detective novels. He writes for the Graaff-Reinet Advertiser on fracking amongst other things. A kaleidoscope shows a bewilderingly complex pattern, but it can be explained by a simple pattern and system of mirrors. Leon Lederman.

Xenophobia is simply a deep dislike of foreigners but South Africa is more complicated than that.

Xenophobia according to the Concise Oxford Dictionary is simply a deep dislike of foreigners. Once again parts of the South African media are bandying the word xenophobia about as if it is an endemic and intrinsic part of the South … Continue reading

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The South African government has simply failed in the fundamental objectives of its anti rhino poaching strategy.

The anti rhino poaching strategy designed and implemented by the South African government is failing in its most fundamental objectives. Rhino are being killed for their horns at an increasingly faster rate despite deployment of the National Defence Force to … Continue reading

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The average person or the unsung hero is simpy not interested in petty politics and factionalism.

(Cyril) Ramaphosa told the Free State members that normal people were not interested in factional battles or who their leaders would be. “They are only looking for answers on how service delivery could be accelerated [for] water [and] electricity and … Continue reading

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What actually defines a presidency?

This question cropped up in discussion and debate during the last week when the news came through that the choir of praise singers are attempting to rehabilitate the dismal reputation of one George. W. Bush. The same guy that calmly … Continue reading

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People supporting fracking Shell for jobs should beware the wolf in sheep’s clothing.

I attended the meeting on fracking at the Graaff-Reinet Town Hall on Thursday 18 April and I did not hear anything new from Shell. It is almost two years ago that there was a massive meeting at the same spot … Continue reading

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The DA taking on the ANC in a “struggle” over the “struggle” could simply be a strategic masterpiece.

The recent decision by the Democratic Alliance to take on the ANC and it’s self defined role as not just a part of the struggle against apartheid but the struggle itself is going to make the 2014 elections into a … Continue reading

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Deploying an ANC political cadre to run the SAPS is an obsession that President Zuma inherited from his predecessor.

Riah Phiyega is the current Police Commissioner and one in a line of ANC political deployments without any actual policing experience. This obsession with appointing and deploying an ANC political cadre to oversee the South African Police Services is one … Continue reading

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