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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Sustainable Development in Africa and the role of the G-20

Authors: Catherine Grant Makokera and Faith Tigere The Group of Twenty (G-20) remains the premier forum for international cooperation on global economic governance and finance. Representing a large chunk of the global economy (86%) and world trade (78%), it is...

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Why Regional Agreements Matter for Exporters

As the multilateral trading system has slowed down its progress in developing new rules, there has been a surge in negotiations of bilateral and regional trade agreements. African countries are no exception and South African trade negotiators have been...

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Exporting in Sub-Saharan Africa – Worth the Effort?

Authors: Peter Draper and Lesley Wentworth The ‘Africa Rising’ phenomenon – part myth, part marketing campaign – has faded along with the hype of the commodities super-cycle, which had been pivotal in raising growth rates, FDI inflows and exports in Sub-Saharan...

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Can Davos stop the spiral of protectionism?

Authors: Andreas Freytag, Matthias Bauer und Philipp Lamprecht Last week, the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) took place in Davos under the theme: “Creating a shared future in a fractured world”. Several thousand decision-makers gathered to discuss...

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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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