Many formal sector jobs are increasingly precarious and poorly paid, meaning that formal work is not an avenue to greater social equality for many people.
A more devolved approach to national economic policy could build on the strengths of every region.
The sums aren’t adding for South Africa on either the spending or revenue side. It’s a problem that’s developed over time with no action being taken.
Reviving the capacity of the state is also crucial to shoring up support for democracy in the long term.
Basic income support is not a question of government “being generous”. The money will be taken from employed citizens and the affluent.
African states need to align both taxation and public spending with public opinion.
What’s in store for South Africa’s agricultural sector.
Alliance between Africa’s two major national airlines may lower costs but competition remains.
Resolution of South Africa’s fiscal crisis depends on faster economic growth which must be led by private investment. Fiscal consolidation is necessary but without growth debt will not stabilise.