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As 2018 closes, it is worth considering what a difference a year makes! Since last Christmas, we have seen ‘Ramaphoria’, Rand recovery, Reform promises (rooting out corruption and land redistribution), Recession, ‘Ramageddon’, Rand volatility… Yet, who can guess how many reporters and analysts have described South African president Cyril Ramaphosa as bringing a breath of fresh air, or bringing fresh hope? I’d guess several. Our wish for 2019 is fresh air and fresh hope in abundance, trickling down to all participants in our economy.

Tutwa Consulting Group is delighted to share this final newsletter of 2018 with all of you, our valued stakeholders. This has been an eventful year for Tutwa, with projects, events and a welcome visit from erstwhile Tutwa MD, Peter Draper, now leading the Institute for International Trade (IIT) at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Have a read through the content and check out the pictures of the event hosted by the IIT in Johannesburg on 23 November. Also, we invite you to read through our coverage of some of the international fora, like the G20 and the WTO. We’ve also commented on the outcomes of the recent COP 24 Conference in Katowice, Poland and how South Africa is measuring up in terms of its commitment to the circular economy (see the link to a recent industry survey for a Tutwa partner). Finally, on the regional front, we provide an assessment on whether democracy is under strain in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as a Namibian’s insight into the deeper meaning of her homeland anthem.

Tutwa Consulting Group wishes you and your family a safe and restful holiday season. From our family to yours, Happy Holidays!

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African Diplomacy in Uncertain Times

There are challenges in the trading world system such as tariff wars, environmental pressures and the Fourth Industrial Revolution to which African countries are vulnerable, yet are often not well positioned to take advantage of the opportunities they may bring. With these considerations, the International Institute for Trade at the University of Adelaide hosted the African Diplomacy in Uncertain Times Conference on Friday 23 November 2018 at the Crown Plaza, Rosebank, Johannesburg. The Conference, supported by the Government of Australia, focused on how African countries are responding to the new international trading environment in the WTO and in the AfCFTA. The event saw robust discussions that included key insights from panelists and cutting-edge questions and comments from the audience. Tutwa provided content and logistics support to the event and were delighted to have Peter Draper back in South Africa and share his insights at the event.
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International Economic Cooperation in Troubled Times: A Call for Strong Action by the G20

Author: Andreas Freytag et al
The leaders of the G20 will meet on 30 November and 1 December in Buenos Aires for their annual summit. They need to acknowledge that the last two years have been characterized by strong headwinds for the world economy. This time, however, it is not a mixture of poor macroeconomic policies and bad business decisions – as in 2008 when they met in Washington for their first summit – that endangers the well-being of billions of citizens around the globe.
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The G20 and the WTO: The Way Forward

Author: Faith Tigere
There are active debates on the significance of the G20 as a global economic forum and their continued role to reform global economic governance since inception. Their impact on the global economy has been evaluated through their outputs. Trade has been one such area where a lot of questions and criticisms have been raised on the role of the G20. …
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As COP 24 Closes, How is South Africa Doing on Minimizing Its Carbon Footprint?

Author: Heinrich Krogman
The rapid move towards a “circular economy” is critical if we are to address the effects of climate change. This is especially true for metal recycling, one of the lower hanging fruit in the battle against climate change, which offers cost as well as environmental benefits. The Tutwa Consulting Group, in association with the Metal Recyclers Association of South Africa, conducted a survey to get a better understanding of the metal recycling industry in South Africa and how it is already contributing to the economy. Available here
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Is Democracy Under Strain?

Author: Phindile Ndlovu
South Africa is closing this year with political parties being launched. Patricia De Lille has launched her GOOD party and Hlaudi Motsoeneng is vowing to form a new political party, to contest 2019 elections. Both these politicians insist that there is space for more political homes for South Africans. While it can be argued that this promotes democracy, will incumbents …
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Namibia "The Land of the Brave"

Author: Nadia Amukwelele
In September this year, I wrote congratulating Namibia for taking over the SADC chair. I also noted that Namibia is referred to as the “land of the brave”. Where does this “land of the brave” concept originate from? For those who don’t know, it forms part of the National Anthem of Namibia "Namibia, the land of the brave". It was …
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