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South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is part of a faction which embraces patronage politics. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Economic exclusion feeds the politics of patronage in South Africa

It is common to reduce the politics of the ANC to a battle between personalities. A closer look suggest that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy.
A miner takes a break from sorting through coal at a mine in Vietnam. The country relies heavily on coal imports. Julian Abram Wainwright/EPA

Vietnam cancels nuclear reactor deal: a lesson for South Africa

Vietnam recently cancelled it's plans for the procurement of nuclear energy. There are lessons South Africa can take from this.
Eskom power lines. South Africa’s power utility may be in a much weaker financial position than generally appreciated. EPA/KIM LUDBROOK

Why South Africa’s power utility isn’t in great financial shape

A closer look into the latest financial numbers of South Africa's state power utility, Eskom, suggest that it may be in a more vulnerable position than appreciated.
Load shedding has stopped in South Africa over the last year but that doesn’t mean the country’s power problems are all gone. Shutterstock

It’s time South Africa learnt from others and overhauled its power sector

It would be better to proactively restructure South Africa's electricity sector to spur innovation and investment and reduce costs before another crisis hits and further derails the economy.

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