Ramaphosa’s softly-softly approach could be hard for democracy

It has been more than a week since the ANC Top Six met President Jacob Zuma to ask him to step down. He defied their request, which was aimed at avoiding a messy transition, and preferred to stick to...

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ANC Death Knell? The five stages of a party in its death throes

It is difficult to discern what the two contenders, Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and Cyril Ramaphosa, stand for beyond facile statements about “Radical Economic Transformation” or “The New Deal”. This is despite the fact that the ANC is in a...

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What to expect from the 11th WTO Ministerial Conference in Buenos Aires?

|Blog by: Andreas Freytag, Philipp Lamprecht and Matthias Bauer Buenos Aires is going to host this year’s Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Commencing next Sunday, the 11th Ministerial does not come with a lot of fuss. The WTO has, at...

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What can the private sector do to bring down corruption?

Corruption is a far-reaching problem in all corners of the world. It even occurs in countries that, according to Transparency International, are largely free of corruption. While it is the exception in Scandinavia and other OECD countries, it is...

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Time to support exporters

Exports have to come to the country’s rescue, in the face of persistent slow economic growth and government’s small room to manoeuvre on the domestic front. When Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba presents his first budget speech this week, he will...

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Regional trade needs to be a top priority for African leaders

Sometimes what official statements don’t say is as important as what they do. Such is the declaration released at the recent Southern African Development Community (Sadc) summit. The meeting, held in Pretoria, attracted public attention because it did not feature...

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