As SA’s cricket and politics both prove, winners are made, not ...

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As SA’s cricket and politics both prove, winners are made, not born

Why have they both collapsed into a gloomy procession of mediocrity and failure? Let's talk about competence

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I haven’t written anything about the Proteas recently, mostly because it is rude to point and stare. But as the national men’s cricket team prepare to leave a World Cup in which they could only dream of choking, perhaps it’s time to dwell on the striking parallels between them and our government.

Some are obvious.

For example the captain, a likeable bloke, keeps promising that things will get better and expressing regret and mild surprise when they don’t...

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