Ivor Chipkin

The civil society resistance to state capture

'The shift to tyranny in SA has been accompanied by political arguments about the nature of South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy'

The state wags the dog, at the ANC’s cost

The complicated nature of government and the negative impact of political appointments make running the country a nightmare.

Decentralised procurement fails the state

The problem facing government departments is not simply an issue of poor leadership or unskilled officials; it is structural.

Bantustans are dead – long live the Bantustans

The dynamics of power established under apartheid, especially in the 'homelands', still play a major role in rural government.

Let a thousand state bureaucrats bloom

SA needs well-designed administrations staffed by well-trained, professional mandarins, writes Ivor Chipkin.

Public sector ‘manages’ to fail

A serious misunderstanding about the uneveness of the apartheid state has resulted in major policy errors.

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