[Source: Business Day Live by Ishmail Lagardien.]
The political imagination is fixed, at the moment, on the story of succession; on who will come ‘after Zuma’ and what could happen in South African politics in the coming years. The topic will no doubt rise and fall over the coming weeks and months. Three points were raised by respected thinkers this past week, to which I would like to add a few thoughts.
[Source: Business Day Live by Simon Barber.]
International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has acknowledged that there has been a breakdown in communication between Pretoria and Washington and that both sides have accepted that it needs to be fixed. Read more
[Source: Daily Maverick by Greg Mills & Jeffrey Herbst.]
The Tripartite Alliance’s consistently poor performance on job creation coupled with voter alienation cannot inspire confidence in its longer-term electoral prospects. The African National Congress, now increasingly distant from its heroic act of liberating South Africa from apartheid, is called upon to deliver. Today, the growth market in South African politics is apathy.
President Jacob Zuma’s working visit to Russia in May cost about R956 000, while his visit to China during the 2014/15 financial year cost more than R800 000. Read more
[Source: Bloomberg Business by Neo Khanyile.]
South African companies are betting against an improvement in their home market. Read more