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A government of national unity has served South Africa well before. It should consider forming another after President Jacob Zuma leaves office. Shutterstock

South Africa will need a government of national healing after Zuma leaves

South Africa needs to start thinking about life after President Jacob Zuma. Given the damage that he's done, serious thought should be given to forming a government of national unity.
International investors are still rattled by President Jacob Zuma’s sacking of respected Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene. Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

How investors see South Africa: lots of potential, not worth the hassle

South Africa has narrowly escaped a downgrade of the rating of its sovereign bonds, but government has its work cut out as it seeks to restore investor confidence and lift economic growth.
South Africa’s Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan, left, chats with Lesetja Kganyago, Governor of the Reserve Bank of South Africa. Reuters/Siphiwe Sibeko

South Africa faces difficult times, but disaster is not inevitable

Pessimists aren't asking if the glass in South Africa is half full. They want to know if there's anything in the glass. The answer is a pleasant surprise.
South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan had to tread carefully to please many competing interests in his budget. shutterstock

South African finance minister forced to walk a difficult political tightrope

South Africa's finance minister means well, especially in his bid to cut public sector expenditure. But his success requires strong leadership and strategic alignment across the entire public sector.
South Africa’s Justice Sisi Khampepe swears in David van Rooyen as the new Minister of Finance while President Jacob Zuma looks on. EPA/Elmond Jiyane

Zuma’s leadership: political expediency versus the interests of South Africa

The sudden expulsion of the finance minister makes it hard not to be pessimistic about the South African government's ability to manage the difficult challenges it might face in 2016.
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce is under pressure, with the airline flagging a $300 million half-year loss. Alan Porritt/AAP

Runway to junk looms large for cash flow negative Qantas

Qantas has flagged deteriorating trading conditions and a potential A$300 million half-year loss in a statement to the market that has sent its share price tumbling. The airline has stepped up its cost…
Troubled bank is co-operating with the authorities. Rui Vieira/PA

What went wrong for the Co-op Bank?

Collapsing business deals, massive financial losses, and a “junk” rating have made recent months a nightmare for the Co-op Bank. In March it announced losses of £634m for the 2012 financial year, largely…

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