OPINION ARTICLES

2017

GLOBAL INEQUALITY REQUIRES CONCRETE SOLUTIONS

Mail & Guardian Opinion article
24-30 January 2017

Oxfam International has released yet another illuminating report. Focusing on inequality, it confirms what most people know...

ARCHIVED 2016

AFRICA AND THE GLOBAL ECONOMIC RECESSION

Mail & Guardian Opinion article
10-16 November 2016

The global economy remains in a severe crisis, one that in effect started in 2007. Reprieve is not near, hence its characterisation as the “great recession”.

SOUTH AFRICA NEEDS INCLUSIVE JUSTICE

City Press Opinion article
11 September 2016

The recent local government election surprised many who were not paying attention, but the results were largely predictable.

SOUTH AFRICA MUST RECONFIGURE SOCIETAL RELATIONS

Mail & Guardian Opinion article
19-25 July 2016

The early 1990s were tricky, a fact that is easily forgotten. The fall of the Berlin Wall had major implications for many, if not all, political economies around the world.

Reconciliation remains a pipedream in South Africa

Mail & Guardian Opinion article
13-19 May 2016

As we celebrate 20 years of South Africa’s Constitution, it is obvious that we should reflect on what it stands for and whether the ideals it espouses, as well as the society it envisages, are still feasible goals...

Global goals ignore needs of the South

Mail & Guardian Opinion article
02-08 Oct 2015

The United Nations at its 70th session of the General Assembly and leaders the world over have endorsed the so-called Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs),or Global Goals, as the post...

South Africa losing its way

Mail & Guardian Opinion article
02-08 Oct 2015

The ‘new’ South Africa has turned 21 years of age. Many things happen at this age and beyond. In the case of human beings, for instance, the proverbial golden key is symbolically given to those who have turned 21...

Radical economic transformation remains a pipedream

Mail & Guardian online article
19 Mar 2015

Although the Minister of Finance gave a promising 2015 Budget Speech, having listened to the President, responding to the 2015 State of the Nation debates, it would seem that something is amiss in the government’s understanding of radical economic transformation.

Time for a new vision for SA’s political economy

Sunday Independent opinion article
23 Nov 2014

The Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and the Mapungubwe Institute recently co-convened a conference that dealt with the historical moments in the build-up to the democratic transition in South Africa,

An elusive South African nation: The national question revisited

City Press opinion article
12 Oct 2014

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of democracy, it is perhaps an opportune time to revisit the ‘national question’ again – by a ‘national question’, simplistically,

Time for South Africa to examine itself

The Star opinion article
17 Dec 2013

As we celebrate the life and times of the all-time larger-than-life, extraordinary and incomparable Tata Madiba, we are fittingly called upon to reflect on what has become of our country and the wider African continent.

Policy is constraining South Africa’s growth and development

Mail & Guardian article
23-30 Nov 2012

James Carvelle, Bill Clinton’s 1992 campaign strategist, coined a phrase that remains pertinent the world over, especially in South Africa, when he said “the economy, stupid”. As we now paraphrase Carvelle’s phrase, “it is [indeed] the economy, stupid”.

What if the real ‘triple challenge’ confronting South Africa is a question of policies?

Mail & Guardian Article
17-24 Feb 2012

In his 2012 State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma neatly captures post-apartheid South Africa’s most vexing societal and human development predicament when he said: “…