Cyril Ramaphosa made the creation of a capable, ethical public service a primary focus when he came to power in 2018.
Almost 30 years into democracy, South Africa still hasn’t ensured the jobs of senior public servants are not tied to the tenure of government ministers.
A protest in Johannesburg against the lack of service delivery or basic necessities such as access to water and electricity.
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The country is still a very different political space. It’s a noisy democracy with a free media, lots of dissenting voices, and insulting the government doesn’t carry any overt sanction.
Growing poverty and unemployment have seen shacklands mushroom in post-apartheid South Africa.
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The country still has a way to go in addressing the challenges of social inequity. But there has been some progress in every sphere of government.
South Africa has seen a sharp rise in protests due to incompetence within its civil service.
Professionalism has to start with ministers for it to stand any chance of being embedded throughout the public service.
African National Congress top six leaders. The governing party’s wishes are sometimes out of kilter with the dictates of statecraft.
South Africa suffers capability deficiencies and institutional stasis due to poor political management.
Mcebisi Jonas appears at a commission probing grand corruption in South Africa.
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This book is a booster to morale. It tells South Africans they can enjoy the impressive economic growth they once achieved.
A view of Sandton City, the richest square mile in Africa, towering over Alexandra township, in Johannesburg.
In matters of policy-making and governing, understanding the systemic complexity of interrelated forces is crucial to avoiding failure.
Mali one of the world’s poorest countries would take about 31 years to eradicate poverty.
Countries with effective governments have reduced income poverty by almost twice the speed.
South Africa needs to create more jobs - but there’s no clarity on how this might happen.
South Africa’s job summit ignored the great chasms that exist on how to create jobs.
South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa needs to formulate a long term strategy for economic growth with an eye on the 2019 elections.
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.
New ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa moments before winning.
Cyril Ramaphosa is likely to emphasise stability - in government and the ANC. Given his history he is likely to want to stabilise the economy rather than pursue radical interventions.
South Africa has one last hurdle to cross before it implements a sugar tax to prevent a wide-range of obesity related non-communicable diseases.
South Africa’s Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa and former finance minister Trevor Manuel were instrumental to the making of the country’s National Development Plan.
South Africa’s five-year-old National Development Plan suffers from gross misinterpretation by different parties.
‘Radical economic transformation’ in South Africa needs to move beyond rhetoric.
South Africa’s governing ANC has always seen economic growth as the driving force for change. This was wishful thinking as the damage done by apartheid will take far more to undo.
Land reform remains a divisive subject 23 years after democracy in South Africa.
After South Africa’s first democratic election in 1994, the previously oppressed and dispossessed black majority hoped for constitutional restitution of their land. This has largely failed.
South Africa’s economy was built on strong mining activity which has declined in recent years.
The economic transformation discussion document released by South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, fails to be radical.
A defiant student sits in the middle of a road after a crowd was dispersed during a protest over fees to parliament on the occasion of finance minister Pravin Gordhan presenting his medium-term budget.
South African finance minister Pravin Gordhan’s medium-term budget speech was a lot about balancing the politics of a divided ruling ANC.
South Africa needs some universities that focus on teaching, and others that concentrate on research.
South Africa must examine how science funding is allocated to universities. It also needs to acknowledge that not all universities should be focusing on research and development.
South Africa’s land reform has been captured by elites and its strategic thrust remains unclear.
Land issues are increasingly at the centre of politics in South Africa, but the debate needs fresh ideas.
South Africa’s local municipalities can do more to diversify their economies and push their products and services in high tech markets.
Through developing their technological skills, South Africa’s local municipalities can increase their capacity to compete with markets in neighbouring countries.