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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.

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