South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is part of a faction which embraces patronage politics.
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 big part of South Africa’s appeal lies in its good weather. Climate change poses a risk to the tourism industry.
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South Africa's weather is very attractive to international visitors. Climate change could alter their perceptions unless mitigation strategies are put in place.
South Africa needs take a radically different path if it is going to make its economy more inclusive. It must start from the premise that markets are intrinsically skewed to historic privilege.
Economics lecturers need to teach their students about more than just numbers.
In both the global North and South, economics tends to be taught with micro- and macroeconomic models that are disconnected from sociopolitical realities. We suggest new ways of teaching economics.
South Africa’s new energy plan shows a greater reliance on gas, solar and especially wind power.
South Africa has a new energy plan. Renewable energy in the form of wind, gas and solar feature high on its agenda.
The recently updated Integrated Resource Plan calls for significant investment in South Africa's power supply. But can the country afford it?
Eskom power lines. South Africa’s power utility may be in a much weaker financial position than generally appreciated.
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.
South African consumers are paying far too much for petrochemicals products.
Raging debates about the state of South Africa's energy industry have missed one critical area, the role of transport fuels and base chemicals.
President Jacob Zuma is the common denominator in South Africa’s governance problems.
Defects in political governance, especially President Jacob Zuma’s failure to provide leadership, have induced a crisis of confidence in South Africa's economy.
President Barack Obama entering the Oval Office. Americans have not come to terms with deep racial fissures, despite electing a black president.
Since the future is so uncertain, South Africa's best response to Trump's election is to learn the lessons of its causes.
US President elect Donald Trump greets supporters on election night in New York.
The world's best known talk show host has become the president-elect of the most powerful country in the world. Trump running the US is unlikely to be good news for Africa.
If the Donald Trumps of the world want to find out how the masters of manufacturing elections work, they had better visit Zimbabwe before their internecine struggles close them down
Koeberg power station, in Cape Town, is the only nuclear power station on the African continent. South Africa is considering a proposal to build more such power stations.
The argument put forward by Eskom that it can handle South Africa's controversial nuclear build programme is fundamentally flawed.
South Africa’s student protests are raising difficult issues, some of which are not being debated openly.
Demands being made by protesting students in South Africa purport to support the poor. But the most marginalised young people in the country will not benefit from free higher education.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan is fighting against economic predators.
South Africa's Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan spoke of protecting the economy from predators. This is commendable but not enough to build an inclusive economy.
South Africa’s finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a balancing game
South Africa's finance minister, Pravin Gordhan, had to battle poor growth and falling revenue in preparing the 2016 medium term budget. How did he do?
Emerging retail players struggle to grow.
South Africa's concentrated formal supermarket industry stands as an obstacle against economic transformation and competitive pricing for consumers.
There has been a great deal of research, planning and talking to come up with solutions to South Africa's higher education funding crisis. Some of these plans must now be put into action.
A student tries to stem her bleeding during clashes at the University of the Witwatersrand.
Protest movements become radicalised by two factors: escalating policing and competitive escalation between political adversaries and other protesting groups.
Koeberg is South Africa’s only nuclear power station but that may change in the future.
There are fears that that the nuclear build in South Africa is being driven for the benefit of the politically connected rather than the national good.