Politicians oppose toll roads on Johannesburg's highways, yet they are textbook example of progressive taxation that favours the poor.
The recent election has shown again that the extremism which worries democrats in much of the world has little traction in South Africa.
In matters of policy-making and governing, understanding the systemic complexity of interrelated forces is crucial to avoiding failure.
The action plan offers no information about budgets, oversight, clear standards for measuring progress or accountability mechanisms.
A national minimum wage could benefit young people who have jobs and stimulate those who have given up trying to find work. But those without work need additional help.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.
Stories from the ground highlighted the unmet needs of people who are vulnerable and who are left behind.
Inequalities in the nutritional status of poor and rich have been mitigated through various social protection policies, but children in South Africa remain at risk of malnutrition.