The Political Economy

New Season…What’s Up


January 2, 2017 Yesterday we marked the beginning of yet another year and I watched with a sense of joy and appreciation as many people celebrated and ushered in 2017. Gosh… the amount of love shared, enthusiasm and excitement brewing everywhere I went, with all forms of media especially social media abuzz with well wishes […]

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The real importance of transformation


South Africa cannot afford to forsake or lose sight of the transformation project, Leago Group’s Chairman, Thabo Owen Mokwena, told Karen Kühlcke in an exclusive interview. The Director of the Centre for Public Entities (CPE) and owner of Leago Group, Thabo Owen Mokwena, is passionate about supporting economic transformation. He believes that transformation has been […]

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Dr Lucky Mathebula

Wednesday, October 12, 2016 The ANC’s succession debate has again taken centre stage in the analysis of all manner of discourse in South Africa. The contest for political power is now firmly within the ANC domain. Opposing factions have once again concretised around personalities and not ‘policy positions’ and ‘promises for change’ even within the […]

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Appointment of new GSB director


3 November 2016 Associate Professor Mills Soko has been appointed Director of the UCT Graduate School of Business (GSB) with effect from the beginning of the 2017 academic year. He will take over from Professor Walter Baets, who left the GSB at the end of July this year. I would like to thank Professor Geoff […]

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Spring Awakening


“Spring drew on . . . and a greenness grew over those brown beds, which, freshening daily, suggested the thought that hope traversed them at night, and left each morning brighter traces of her steps.” —Charlotte Bronte As we begin this spring season I could not help but reflect on the words of this writer […]

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The Art of Coalitions

Voting Democracy Image

South Africa witnessed a massive turn out for the 2016 local elections, as a result, the elections were highly contested. With current ruling party and opposition parties in South Africa competing for the major metros in South Africa, namely Tshwane, Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay a majority victory was not possible, this led to the […]

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What Rising Protests in South Africa Say About Attitudes Towards Local Government

Prof Maserumule

The euphoria of South Africa’s 2016 municipal elections is at its peak, with political parties parading their manifestos, all in competition for a stake in the local sphere of government. The razzmatazz is deafening. But, it blurs a vexing question: what does governing in the post-apartheid state, 22 years into democracy, mean? This question is writ large in the level of discontent […]

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Swimming Against the Current


“If you want something said, ask a man. If you want something done, ask a woman” – Margaret Thatcher The United Kingdom has been in the news lately around the ‘Brexit’ referendum and it is almost befitting to quote one of British’s strongest leaders as their vote sent shockwaves through most of the world’s markets. […]

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