Deft skill at playing to the gallery is an essential part of what makes the ‘joking’ former president such a survivor.
For some workers, employment no longer guarantees significant poverty reduction, and remain poor because wages are too low to lift them and their families out of poverty.
The major issue is why this kind of research was being produced 25 years after the end of apartheid.
In the face of its smallest victory to date, Ramaphosa must make changes or they will go the way of other liberation movements.
The EFF’s militarised aesthetic is more than a sideshow. It forms a key part of its spectacle-oriented brand of politics.
Many people believe President Cyril Ramaphosa’s New Dawn will be given a boost by a dominant electoral victory.

Freedom Day in SA – a reminder of unfinished business

As South Africa marks 25 years of freedom, many citizens have to contend with the harsh reality that they can’t eat democracy.

Why I will shut down illegal foreign-owned shops if I become premier

Patriotic Alliance leader Gayton McKenzie says government should be given the bulk of the blame for not properly regulating the movement and activities of foreign nationals.

How SA corruption goes far beyond just Zuma and the Guptas

The media, NGOs and academic circles have wrongly classified our recent past as a battle between the good guys and the bad guys.

Why a guaranteed jobs scheme in South Africa would pay for itself

Evidence from countries such as Argentina and India suggest that guaranteed employment policies have immediate, positive benefits.

Ramaphosa is running the country, yes. But he’s not running the ANC

Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party’s decline in popular support.

Fantasy that Mnangagwa would fix Zimbabwe now fully exposed

The latest events are happening in the context of years of economic crisis, and the government’s months-long legitimacy crisis.

What the return of Gbagbo could mean for Ivory Coast’s 2020 election

His return could make him a larger than life figure ahead of elections.

An SA referendum on land reform would be a dangerous proposal

We would do well to learn from the lessons of Brexit.

What’s gone wrong with the ANC 107 years later

A divided economy, a middle class that wants no part of it and decimated youth leadership. It’s a lot to try to turn around.

How African governments should negotiate infrastructure deals with China

African governments are still relatively new to dealing with China; they should take every opportunity to share lessons with one another.

Land reform to take centre stage in 2019 elections 

Government needs to clearly articulate the process of land reform to ensure its successful implementation in the coming year.

‘Black speech is always censored’

BLF leader Andile Mngxitama has written a column about why he believes he’s been banned on social media.

Why the ANC itself is Ramaphosa’s biggest problem

The reality is that South Africa has a systemic ANC problem, not a Zuma problem.

What the Ramaphosa economy needs to do after cleaning up the Zuma stench

The new government hasn’t yet formulated a clear plan for fixing the economy.




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