Why South Africa should gird itself for tumultuous times

Dirk Kotze, University of South Africa South African President Jacob Zuma’s latest cabinet reshuffle in the Ministry of Finance is arguably the most controversial of all his executive decisions. It is the seventh cabinet reshuffle since he became president in 2009 and the third since 2014. Presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki only reshuffled their …

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The removal of South Africa’s finance minister is bad news for the country

Alan Hirsch, University of Cape Town The fallout from President Jacob Zuma’s decision to remove South Africa’s respected Minister of Finance Nhlanhla Nene was felt immediately in the foreign currency markets where the rand suffered an immediate and dramatic fall. Caroline Southey, editor of The Conversation Africa, asked Alan Hirsch what the appointment of David …

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China-Africa summit: what to look for beyond the hype and hypocrisy

John J Stremlau, University of the Witwatersrand Beijing’s selection of South Africa to host the China-Africa heads of state summit may indicate Chinese President Xi Jinping’s personal commitment to the continent. This is the first time the summit is being held at this level in Africa. It may also show his desire to reassure Africa …

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South African musicians in the eye of party political storm

Geoff Mapaya, University of Venda The dawn of a democratic order in South Africa necessitated a switch from liberation politics to multiparty politics. This change affected almost all spheres of South African life, including the music scene. In the past, the primary goal of political activities was to dislodge the common enemy that was apartheid. …

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Behind the public spat between South Africa’s government ministers

Chris Williams, University of the Witwatersrand The fallout over South Africa’s new visa regulations has taken a public turn, with two government ministers clashing on the airwaves. The regulations have been criticised by many as sabotaging the country’s vital tourism industry. The industry is the third largest contributor to the country’s GDP. Last year South …

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