Women in the 4IR

Advancing gender equality is crucial to ensure a sustainable future since women account for just over half the world’s working-age population. If women do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will increasingly be lopsided with half...

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A plea for the end of the ‘manel’

Earlier this month I attended the SADC Industrialisation Week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and had the opportunity to learn new things. One of them was the term ‘manel’. I am a veteran of many conferences, summits and workshops...

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News skills for Africa’s future

President Ramaphosa’s June 2019 State of the Nation Address emphasised the need to transform South Africa’s education system. He went further, highlighting that one of Africa’s most urgent challenges is the exclusion of the continent’s youth cohort from any...

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A lean mean Cabinet?

The leaner looking Cabinet has been trimmed down through the merger of several ministries. As a result, President Cyril Ramaphosa reduced the size of his cabinet by eight ministers (from 36 to 28) and reduced one deputy minister post....

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Developmental State inspired Cabinet

President Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet announcement had a lukewarm reception. This was mostly because President Ramaphosa while introducing new faces to his team, also maintained a lot of old hands. The South African cabinet is organised into clusters that talk...

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A brief window: coordinating industrial and trade policy

There is broad consensus that in order to address South Africa’s triple threat of poverty, inequality and unemployment the economy needs to grow; at least at a rate higher than the population. But this has not been the case...

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