ACADEMIC PAPERS

Leadership for Africa’s development: Revisiting African traditional leadership

Vusi Gumede, University of South Africa

Abstract: The African continent remains at the periphery in world affairs. Many scholars have advanced cogent reasons for this unfortunate reality.

Millennium Development Goals:Towards a post-2015 development agenda for South Africa

Vusi Gumede, University of South Africa

Introduction: 2014 did not only commemorate 20 years of democracy, it also marked the year that the South African government had set for itself to meet, and surpass, most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Inclusive development in post-apartheid South Africa

Vusi Gumede, University of South Africa

Abstract: The debate about ‘development’ continues unabated in South Africa, especially twenty one years since political independence. This essay, as a contribution to the important ongoing debate,

Exploring the Role of Thought Leadership, Thought Liberation and Critical Consciousness for Africa’s Development

Vusi Gumede, University of South Africa

Abstract: It is argued that any discussion of Africa’s social and economic development has to take into account the three critical issues that remain pressing constraints for the further advancement of wellbeing in Africa:

Poverty and Inequality in Africa: Towards the post-2015 development agenda for Sub-Saharan Africa

Vusi Gumede, PhD Professor & Head, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, UNISA

Introduction: Notwithstanding relatively impressive rates of economic growth in Africa in the past ten years or so, poverty and inequality, however measured, have remained stubbornly high.

Democratic Developmental South Africa: A dream deferred?

Vusi Gumede, PhD Professor & Head, Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, UNISA

Abstract: The paper reviews the extent to which South Africa is meeting set goals, within the context of the ‘dream’ of becoming a developmental state.

Radical Land and Agrarian Reform on the horizon in South Africa: Following Zimbabwe’s Footsteps?

Vusi Gumede, Professor and Head: Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, Unisa

In the context of skewed land ownership patterns, extreme inequality and poverty, land reform must represent a radical and or significant break from the past, without, however, disrupting agricultural production and food security

Regional hegemons as catalyst for continental integratioN...

Samuel Oloruntoba & Vusi Gumede

Abstract: Since the formation of the Organization of African Unity in 1963 to the nascent African Union, regional integration has been very high on the agenda of political leaders on the continent.

Foreign Direct Investment and Intra-Africa Trade: The role of African governments in the context of African Renaissance

Prof Vusi Gumede and Kagiso (TK) Pooe

Respectively, Professor & Head of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute and a Doctoral candidate

Introduction
As the twenty-first century gradually draws to a close, we contend that the twenty-first century, socio-economically, will most likely be remembered as one that firmly established the ascent of the Asian subcontinent and economies...

African Economic Renaissance as a Paradigm for Africa’s Socio-Economic Development in the 22nd Century

Vusi Gumede, Professor & Head: Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, Unisa

Introduction This paper, in the main, presents a socio-economic development model along the lines of the African renaissance. The paper presupposes that the 21st century is almost midway – there are about eighty years left to the 22nd century.

Social and Economic Transformation in Post-Apartheid South Africa – policies, progress and proposals

Vusi Gumede, Professor & Head of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute, Unisa

Thanks to Zukiswa Mqolomba for some research assistance on this paper Introduction Judging from various policy pronouncements and documents of the African National Congress (ANC), it can be argued that the organisation has always been clear about the nature of what was envisaged to be post-apartheid South Africa (SA).

Social and economic inclusion in post-apartheid South Africa

Vusi Gumede, PhD - Associate Professor: Development Studies, University of Johannesburg

(This paper features in 2011 Transformation Audit of the Institute of Justice & Reconciliation, in South Africa/Cape Town.) Introduction South Africa’s democracy is founded on one of the noblest constitutions in the world. Forged against the backdrop of struggle and dispossession, it not only enshrines political freedom,

Youth development and women empowerment in an evolving post-apartheid South African developmental state

Vusi Gumede, PhD - Associate Professor: Development Studies, University of Johannesburg

Abstract This paper interrogates South Africa’s evolving developmental state as far as youth and women are concerned. The developmental state is defined, amongst others, within the context of Johnson’s (1982) ‘plan-rational state’,

Millennium Development Goals in post-apartheid South Africa

Vusi Gumede, PhD - Associate Professor: Development Studies, University of Johannesburg

Abstract Using the 2008 data from the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) and other sources of data, this paper traces South Africa’s progress on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) barometer.

The South African developmental state in the making.

Vusi Gumede, PhD - Associate Professor: Development Studies, University of Johannesburg

Abstract This paper analyses the degree to which South Africa (SA) could be viewed as a developmental state. It interrogates the policy apparatus and estimates indices of human development in the post-apartheid SA.

Poverty, inequality and human development in a post-apartheid South Africa*

Vusi Gumede, PhD - Associate Professor: Development Studies, University of Johannesburg

Although income poverty appears to have declined in the recent past it remains high (Gumede 2008). Calculations based on the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) dataset suggests that 47% of South Africans live below the poverty line: 56% of blacks live in poverty to 2% of whites using and arbitary income poverty line of R502 per capita.

Poverty and ‘Second Economy’ in South Africa: An Attempt to Clarify Applicable Concepts and Quantify Extent of Relevant Challenges

Vusi Gumede, PhD - Associate Professor: Development Studies, University of Johannesburg

Given how the South African Government conceptualises poverty, the paper agues that it is in the 'intersection' access to income, services and assets that the issue of overall poverty trends and the magnitude of the 'secondary economy' since 1994 should be examined.