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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South Africa’s Credit Downgrade: Creating a Roadmap for Recovery

South Africa has entered into new territory with the recent sovereign risk downgrades by S&P and Fitch. In a sense, the credit downgrades should not come as a surprise. In evaluating South Africa, S&P took into account the country’s...

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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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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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Deficit in trust, certainty and compliance in SA’s mining sector

To suggest that the mining industry in South Africa is in its death throes would be an exaggeration. It has, however, taken a turn for the worse in the past 5 years. The industry has been plagued by fractious...

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