What’s Next for the ANC?

President Zuma’s decision will have damaging consequences for the country. While this may not be immediately evident, except in the movement of the exchange rate, in time its effects will be engraved deeply on the institutions of state, on...

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Populism on the rise: Is there a rational policy response?

More than two months after his inauguration, the President of the United States (US) is visibly still in campaign mode. He seems to have identified half of the US-population and the mainstream press as his personal enemies and searches...

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A quick review of global protectionism

In 2016 protectionist measures were viewed as a response to the era of globalisation and increasing competitiveness, as more suppliers compete for the same global consumer base. We argued that naturally some states saw this as a threat to...

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Looking beyond the travails of 2016

2016 was a politically consuming year. This year will be no different as our politics promise to be dramatic, with the ANC’s succession battle reaching a fever pitch as the policy conference in June and the elective conference at...

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An Unsettled South Africa in a Turbulent World: A Tour d’Horizon

January 17-20 marks the annual World Economic Forum gathering of the (largely western) globalised elite. Davos man faces a turbulent world in 2017. A selective listing of issues encompasses globally significant countries/regions in transition, notably Donald Trump’s impending US...

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Regulations for foreign investor act weighted towards dispute settlement

On December 15 2015, President Jacob Zuma assented to the controversial Protection of Investment Act when much of the South African public was on a festive holiday break. This piece of legislation is meant to replace the bilateral investment...

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