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SONA and the Budget – the limits of the ANC on display

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This is the season when the government presents its plans for the year ahead and beyond.  President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver his annual State of

Cosatu thinks SA has been pursuing free market policies – they’re wrong

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Ahead of the State of the Nation Address next week, the president of trade union federation Cosatu, Zingiswa Losi, has called for an end to

Eskom’s tariffs – South Africa’s political time bomb

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When President Cyril Ramaphosa visited Soweto last year to campaign in the local government elections, there were serious protests. Some residents said they were protesting

What would a reform agenda for South Africa look like?

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President Cyril Ramaphosa frequently talks about the need for structural economic reform in his State of the Nation addresses and elsewhere. But what our government

What after the Zondo Commission?

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The Zondo Commission issued the first of its three reports on state capture last week, raising the chance that a wave of prosecutions and convictions

South Africa’s vicious economic cycle

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The South African economy is trapped in a vicious cycle of low growth, high unemployment, high government budget deficits, bad governance, vast, poorly run sectors

South Africa in 2022

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For South Africa in 2022 the overriding force in politics will be the continued decline of the ANC. The signs of demise are everywhere – achieving

Drifting toward a lower-middle income country

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By the end of the decade the South African economy might have dropped so far into a vortex of decline that we will become a

Until there is strong growth, South Africa will be in crisis

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Last week Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana presented a three-year budget plan that somewhat pleased the markets. Higher than expected tax receipts, mainly the result of

What the ANC below 50 percent and coalition politics mean for reform

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For the first time ever, the ANC’s share of the vote has sunk below 50 percent. With this last week’s local government election is the