The ideal conditions for an “aloe ferox” economy

Mzukisi Qobo and Heinrich Krogman Following the State of the Nation Address, expectations were for Finance Minister Tito Mboweni to address two critical issues during the budget speech: how the government intends to improve South Africa’s sluggish economic growth and...

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How much of the SONA wishlist is deliverable?

Heinrich Krogman, Azwimpheleli Langalanga, and Mzukisi Qobo Delivered in a typical Ramaphosa consensual style, the 2019 State Of the National Address was all-encompassing, addressing everything and everyone. Opposition parties could find nothing much to fault besides challenging the Ramaphosa administration...

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Cyril Gets SA’s Groove Back

Catherine Grant Makokera and Sanusha Naidu With the election date set for 8 May, the focus for many South Africans preparing to vote is understandably on domestic priorities. South African citizens are grappling with the challenges of economic development, malfeasance,...

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African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA): Status Update for Business Stakeholders and the Private Sector

On 21 March 2018, member states of the African Union met and signed the African Continental Free Trade Area. 52 out of 55 countries have signed. 18 ratifications (10 deposited with the AU and 8 have completed the Parliamentary...

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South Africa Should Secure its own “Brexit deal”

Anna Ngarachu and Heinrich Krogman Teressa May’s deadline to get a Brexit deal past the UK parliament is now less than eight weeks away and it is looking unlikely that a workable package will get approval from either side of...

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Why Zimbabwe’s trade deficit matters

Being landlocked, Zimbabwe is almost entirely reliant on neighbouring states for the movement of goods into or out of the country. Strategically it would make sense then to maintain good commercial (if not also diplomatic) ties with its five...

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