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Every year our analysts and policy experts, in promoting new ideas and policies, contribute a wide range of articles to newspapers across South Africa.

Ramaphosa can and must act against corruption - Politicsweb, 19 February 2018

One of those who made it clear last week that the African National Congress (ANC) was ready to vote with opposition parties against Mr Zuma was the finance minister, Malusi Gigaba. Since Mr Gigaba was one of Mr Zuma's chief instruments of state capture when he was minister of public enterprises between 2010 and 2014, this no doubt prompted Mr Zuma to mutter "Et tu, Brute?" as Mr Gigaba thrust in the knife.

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Hail to the power of citizens who survive Zuma and his ilk - Business Day, 19 February 2018

It’s a marvel how things change, that to be a Zuma might, implicitly, trump being a Verwoerd. Both men, as it happens, represent a continuum of sorts: the truth about SA, recently addressed by distinguished political analyst RW Johnson, that we are a nation obsessed with Leaders with a capital L.

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This is the future: Why facts-obsessed Frans Cronje is suddenly filled with hope for SA

Here’s a brilliant assessment of the state of South Africa by one of the country’s foremost analysts. Frans Cronje is the CEO of the respected Institute of Race Relations, which since its formation in 1929 has been acknowledged as the country’s leading political and economic think tank.

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Op-Ed: Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address – a weak speech that follows more than it leads - Daily Maverick, 17 February 2018

On the hard substance of his speech, there was little to differentiate this State of the Nation Address from any over the last decade. It was short on facts, details, quantifiable outcomes or hard policy decisions.

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Unshackled, the South African mining industry could be a world beater - Business Day, 17 February 2018

Even the DRC is seen as a better mining investment destination than SA, but that can be changed

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A truly radical SONA would tackle the land grab question - Fin24, 16 February 2018

The leadership change in the ruling party and the government has generally been welcomed by the local and international business communities as an opportunity to put South Africa on a high-growth and developmentally orientated course. However, this sentiment is likely to prove fickle if the government commits to a course of action that will undermine the economic foundations of the country.

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We turned at the brink – now urgency in addressing obstacles is paramount - News24, 16 February 2018

At the time, the reformist view – which we likened to the experience of the verligte Afrikaners – was broadly rubbished as being outside the bounds of possibility. While the scenario we have subsequently lived through was certainly not the upside one – we continued to hold out the possibility of an ANC reformation, forced by political and economic realities, in two books published on South Africa's future, the first in 2014 and the second in 2017.

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LETTER: Truly a blinder by Cyril - Business Day, 16 February 2018

Ramaphosa came to power in December with the most narrow of majorities in his party and quite possibly, at first, a minority on its national executive committee.

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SA would do well to heed Chile’s lessons in supporting mining sector - Polity, 15 February 2018

The looming judicial review of the government’s controversial Mining Charter this month sharpens attention on what works, and what doesn’t, in stimulating an industry capable of attracting investment, creating jobs and pulling up the growth rate.

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Working together to beat Day Zero - IOL, 14 February 2018

Renowned water scientist Dr Anthony Turton adds that debate around water in South Africa has become so politicised that the realities of hydrology are often subordinated to the dictates of ideology – part of which is a suspicion of private enterprise. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that this was on display in Parliament.

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Ramaphosa can and must act against corruption - Politicsweb, 19 February 2018

One of those who made it clear last week that the African National Congress (ANC) was ready to vote with opposition parties against Mr Zuma was the finance minister, Malusi Gigaba. Since Mr Gigaba was one of Mr Zuma's chief instruments of state capture when he was minister of public enterprises between 2010 and 2014, this no doubt prompted Mr Zuma to mutter "Et tu, Brute?" as Mr Gigaba thrust in the knife.

Read More…

Hail to the power of citizens who survive Zuma and his ilk - Business Day, 19 February 2018

It’s a marvel how things change, that to be a Zuma might, implicitly, trump being a Verwoerd. Both men, as it happens, represent a continuum of sorts: the truth about SA, recently addressed by distinguished political analyst RW Johnson, that we are a nation obsessed with Leaders with a capital L.

Read More…

This is the future: Why facts-obsessed Frans Cronje is suddenly filled with hope for SA

Here’s a brilliant assessment of the state of South Africa by one of the country’s foremost analysts. Frans Cronje is the CEO of the respected Institute of Race Relations, which since its formation in 1929 has been acknowledged as the country’s leading political and economic think tank.

Read More…

Op-Ed: Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address – a weak speech that follows more than it leads - Daily Maverick, 17 February 2018

On the hard substance of his speech, there was little to differentiate this State of the Nation Address from any over the last decade. It was short on facts, details, quantifiable outcomes or hard policy decisions.

Read More…

Unshackled, the South African mining industry could be a world beater - Business Day, 17 February 2018

Even the DRC is seen as a better mining investment destination than SA, but that can be changed

Read More…

A truly radical SONA would tackle the land grab question - Fin24, 16 February 2018

The leadership change in the ruling party and the government has generally been welcomed by the local and international business communities as an opportunity to put South Africa on a high-growth and developmentally orientated course. However, this sentiment is likely to prove fickle if the government commits to a course of action that will undermine the economic foundations of the country.

Read More…

We turned at the brink – now urgency in addressing obstacles is paramount - News24, 16 February 2018

At the time, the reformist view – which we likened to the experience of the verligte Afrikaners – was broadly rubbished as being outside the bounds of possibility. While the scenario we have subsequently lived through was certainly not the upside one – we continued to hold out the possibility of an ANC reformation, forced by political and economic realities, in two books published on South Africa's future, the first in 2014 and the second in 2017.

Read More…

LETTER: Truly a blinder by Cyril - Business Day, 16 February 2018

Ramaphosa came to power in December with the most narrow of majorities in his party and quite possibly, at first, a minority on its national executive committee.

Read More…

SA would do well to heed Chile’s lessons in supporting mining sector - Polity, 15 February 2018

The looming judicial review of the government’s controversial Mining Charter this month sharpens attention on what works, and what doesn’t, in stimulating an industry capable of attracting investment, creating jobs and pulling up the growth rate.

Read More…

Working together to beat Day Zero - IOL, 14 February 2018

Renowned water scientist Dr Anthony Turton adds that debate around water in South Africa has become so politicised that the realities of hydrology are often subordinated to the dictates of ideology – part of which is a suspicion of private enterprise. It’s hard to avoid the conclusion that this was on display in Parliament.

Read More…

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