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South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa needs to formulate a long term strategy for economic growth with an eye on the 2019 elections. GCIS

South Africa: Ramaphosa administration lacks a long-term perspective

Both the state of the nation address and budget speech didn't leave a sense that there has been much reflection on the depth of the economic malaise gripping South Africa.
Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a rally to commemorate Nelson Mandela’s centenary year in Cape Town, South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

The Ramaphosa moment: how many Messiahs can one country take?

Cyril Ramaphosa is no Messiah, and when the post-Zuma champagne corks stop popping, South Africans need to assess him as a mere mortal.
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.
Protesters call for the removal of South African President Jacob Zuma. Civil society has a major role to play in South Africa. Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa’s economy will be stuck unless there’s new political alignment

South Africa's ruling party has lost its moral and intellectual capacity to claim the mantle of leadership. The country's economy won't recover unless new political alignments emerge.

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