A great deal of analysis on South Africa and the ruling ANC seems to be based on wishful thinking, not concrete reality.
Hugh Lewin is best known for two books that arose from his early involvement in the anti-apartheid underground.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
The vision set out by Cyril Ramaphosa has the seeds for galvanising South Africans to get back on the right path. But it urgently needs a plan to make it happen.
For a long time South Africa thought it had a Jacob Zuma problem. In fact its got a systemic ANC problem.
South Africa needs a policy that drives growth and positions if for the 21st Century.
South Africa can't afford its national airline anymore -- nor can it afford to close it down. What's the next step?
The Economic Freedom Fighters' strategy of painting President Ramaphosa and his allies as corrupt is unlikely to succeed.
Moyane's axing ends one of the last vestiges of Zuma's continued influence in the country's governance.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.
Unrealistic expectations about what commissions can achieve comes from the fact that they're often confused with courts of law.
South African voters are worried about how their country is being run. Most still support the ANC but in far fewer numbers.
South Africa's president has firmly thrown his weight behind the private sector. This could prove significant.
The ANC has lost so much support among its traditional voters it's now forced to look beyond them to retain power.
South Africa's job summit ignored the great chasms that exist on how to create jobs.
South Africa's jobs summit failed to acknowledge fundamental issues in the approach to development and job creation.
South Africa's new finance minister comes with considerable skills and political finesse needed to steer the country out of its economic quagmire.
Nhlanhla Nene was highly regarded for refusing to fund former President Zuma's ludicrous rent-seeking projects.
Ramaphosa's stimulus package is more interesting for what it says about the politics of economic decision making than for its likely impact on the economy.
Calls to impose harsh prison sentences for verbal crimen injuria are often premised on the need to deter such behaviour.