Based on official statistics, we conclude that the country has made more progress towards land reform than is generally suggested.
While ‘patron’ is a position with no formal power, it’s an important role for members of the royal family.
To fête the 70th year of Queen Elizabeth’s reign, several towns – and a few villages – are to be granted the royal right to call themselves cities.
Ramaphosa is constrained by his tenuous control over South Africa’s governing party, the ANC.
Having a royal lend their name in patronage to a charity may have some benefits but it can also have its drawbacks.
Nhlanhla Nene was highly regarded for refusing to fund former President Zuma’s ludicrous rent-seeking projects.
Robert Mugabe’s rule in Zimbabwe is over. But the country’s road to democracy remains a bumpy one as Zanu-PF, the new president and the military go about entrenching power.
A different form of state capture is underway in South Africa’s rural areas where traditional leaders are selling off people’s land to miners. But communities are fighting back.
South African business can beat back the toxic ‘white monopoly capital’ title by doing things differently and not by shouting from roof tops.
There are a few things that musicians should understand about the music industry if they are to avoid being taken for a ride.
Reforming South Africa’s state owned enterprises should start with greater accountability and financial responsibility.
The misfortunes experienced by Brian Molefe, the CEO of South Africa’s power utility Eskom, shows that the battle for the country’s public purse is not a one way bet.
A captured South African Treasury is bad news for the country’s poor but the view that the capture is a natural enemy of the market economy is a myth.
The economic transformation discussion document released by South Africa’s governing party, the ANC, fails to be radical.
In preparing the 2017 national budget South Africa needs to take heed of warnings that its historical austerity measures are hurting the poor and even costing lives.
In his recent state of the nation address South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma spoke emphatically of “radical economic transformation” causing nationwide debate. What does it really mean?
The legitimacy and credibility of those in power has been eroded by bad governance, patronage and the obsession to claim an exclusive agency representing the people.
It is common to reduce the politics of the ANC to a battle between personalities. A closer look suggest that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy.
South Africa has never reached an embedded democratic state. Its post-apartheid experience more realistically reflects ongoing oscillation between a deepening and a reversal of democratic liberties.
One of the remarkable achievements of South Africa’s Constitutional Court has been its role in improving the quality of the internal democratic processes within the governing ANC.