South Africa’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, delivering his mid-term budget.
A major concern is that the government’s resolve is strongest on policies that are actually quite suspect.
Harold Wolpe showed how poor rural areas subsidised low wages of migrant workers’ wages.
During the apartheid period in South Africa – 1948 to 1994 – a lively intellectual culture of opposition emerged on some of the country’s university campuses and within the broader anti-apartheid movement…
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.
None of South Africa’s political parties are offering middle class black people a home.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, on the campaign trail.
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There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
A man offers his services at a traffic intersection in Cape Town. Almost 55% of South African youth are unemployed.
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.
South African Finance MInister Tito Mboweni delivering the 2019 budget speech in parliament.
South Africa's finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during his 2019 State of the Nation Address.
Many of the crime prevention strategies South African President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed have been tried, with few positive results.
Soweto in South Africa. Apartheid’s spacial planning still affects people’s lives.
The high costs of finding work make it difficult for young South Africans to get jobs.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni (centre) arrives to deliver the mid-term budget statement to Parliament.
South Africa needs to urgently step up its efforts to drive economic growth by harnassing the power of the state, as well as the markets.
A victory at the polls might not be enough to give President Cyril Ramaphosa the leeway to fix South Africa’s economy.
Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party's decline in popular support.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s party, the ANC, faces a tough set of elections in May.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the governing ANC’s 2019 elections manifesto in Durban.
The vision set out by Cyril Ramaphosa has the seeds for galvanising South Africans to get back on the right path. But it urgently needs a plan to make it happen.
Tom Moyane has been fired as South Africa’s tax boss on the recommendation of a commission of inquiry.
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Moyane's axing ends one of the last vestiges of Zuma's continued influence in the country's governance.
A large number of poor South Africans live in informal settlements.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni must walk a fiscal tightrope.
South Africa's finance minister has chosen to walk a tightrope rather than face tough choices about cutting expenditure or raising taxes.
South Africa is struggling to eradicate poverty.
Despite a relatively slow start, South Africa can speed up its implementation of the SDGs.
Former South African President Jacob Zuma has lost his grip on the country’s criminal justice system.
The axing of the prosecutions head follows sweeping changes to other king positions in the security cluster by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Thousands marched to demand an end to xenophobic violence in South Africa recently.
A survey shows 70% of South Africans feel immigrants pose a threat to the country.
Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin greets former South African President Nelson Mandela in 2000.
Mandela did not make the decision to jettison Taiwan and recognise China. He adhered to a decision by the governing ANC.