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Workers at Medupi coal-fired power station during its construction, one of South Africa’s most costly and environmentally unfriendly projects. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

Steering South Africa’s budget between excess patronage and prudence

In preparing the 2017 national budget South Africa needs to take heed of warnings that its historical austerity measures are hurting the poor and even costing lives.
President Jacob Zuma delivers his state of the nation address in Cape Town. Critics say he failed to galvanise the nation. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

Zuma had a chance to galvanise South Africans. He blew it

South African President, Jacob Zuma, wasted lots of time and space in cheap politicking instead of galvanising South Africans to work together for a better future.
South Africa’s Minister of Finance Pravin Gordhan flanked by his deputy Mcebisi Jonas and Director-General Lungisa Fuzile. GCIS

Explainer: the nitty-gritty of South Africa’s annual budget

A lot more goes into the making of South Africa's final national budget than many people realise. The process involves extensive legalities designed to ensure public oversight.
An ill Anna Bosigo is fed by volunteer worker Lydia Mbhalo in the Orange Farm township, south of Johannesburg. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa isn’t budgeting for its care economy. What can be done about it

Social welfare budgets have simply not been adequate to plug decades’ worth of under-resourcing, especially in black communities. It's a good place for government to start giving life to its slogans
South Africans queue to vote in the 2016 municipal elections. The governing ANC is accused of wanting to generate ‘fake news’ to influence voters. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

Fake news: the internet has turned an age-old problem into a new threat

The planting of messages and countering narratives in the media is not new. It's part and parcel of contemporary politics especially during elections. The internet simply makes an old problem worse.
South African President Jacob Zuma just escaped a bid by some of his senior colleagues in the governing ANC to remove him. REUTERS/Rogan Ward

The South African economy will be bolstered if Zuma falls

The South African economy stands to benefit if the country's president steps aside because he has had a destructive economic impact.
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.
South African President Jacob Zuma. He has survived a bid to have him removed and might strike back. Philimon Bulawayo/Reuters

Zuma’s refusal to quit puts South Africa’s economy on an even weaker footing

All eyes are on the next move from President Jacob Zuma after he survived a bid from senior ANC colleagues to remove him. The fallout is expected to be focused on the economic cluster of government.
South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma. His supporters within the African National Congress continue to hold sway, for now. EPA/Aaron Ufumeli

Zuma lives to fight another day. But fallout from latest revolt will live on

A revolt within the African National Congress against South Africa's President Jacob Zuma has reached new heights. He has survived, but the repercussions will be felt for some time to come.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is fighting to stave off a downgrade by ratings agencies. Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

South Africa is skating on thin ice as rating agencies weigh their options

South Africa has made some progress in fixing problems identified by ratings agencies. But there are a number of outstanding issues that might mean the country is given 'junk' status.

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