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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has reshuffled his cabinet amid growing accusations of of graft, and an outbreak of violence unprecedented in 25 years. Photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP via Getty Images

Beyond the cabinet reshuffle – what will it take to renew South Africa’s public sector?

South Africa’s public sector works somewhat better than those of most other middle-income countries. Yet, unlike them, it has not managed to achieve gains in the midst of messiness.
A protest organised by the Congress of South African Trade Unions in South Africa. The question is: on whose behalf does the union movement advocate? Phillip Magakoe/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s way forward: abandon old ideas, embrace bold experimentation

In this moment of crisis, South Africa urgently needs decisive action. But all too often South Africans of all political stripes seem trapped in stale discourses.
Around the world, government officials fail often at implementing policy and public sector projects. Here’s why. (Shutterstock)

Why governments are so bad at implementing public projects

Research around the world shows a consistent pattern of failures in public sector policy and project implementation. Yet we continue to embark upon implementation built on bias and faulty logic.
People wait to be treated at the Jane Fures Hospital in South Africa’s Northern Province. Reuters

South Africa’s health sector is leaking money: what can be done about it?

To address corruption in the South African health sector, a combination of political will with an effective government, citizen involvement and advocacy is needed.

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