Patrick Bond

Guest Author

Cyril’s industrial reboot will not drive economy to success

The president disclosed a development U-turn but the Special Economic Zones and China’s carbon intensive interests are likely to prevail

The fable of SA’s special economic zones

The country is being pushed to develop more SEZs. But is this a viable strategy, given unemployment and ‘deglobalisation’?

As Bolsonaro incinerates the Amazon, urgent action is needed for climate justice

As South Africans, we must support the fight to save the Amazon, but also take a strong stand on environmental concerns that are closer to home

SA’s monetary policy needs a serious overhaul

Recent pronouncements by Lethuli House, and Ace Magashule in particular, merely muddied the waters

The triumph of Trumponomics

The budget serves the interests of the rich and powerful and punts crumbs for the poor as meaningful advances

Is Tito preparing an IMF financial parachute, now a $171bn foreign debt cliff looms?

The reason for the International Monetary Fund’s Christine Lagarde's visit to South Africa is unknown

Activists go for weakened mining

An international forum draws strength from worldwide protests against extraction

Mboweni misses the big picture

Global finance, procurement fraud and mega projects flash warnings

Salute to a giant African academic

Samir Amin was a fearless scholar whose ideas will long outlive him

At Brics think tank, scholars get drunk on their own rhetoric

One of South Africa’s highest-profile intellectual vehicles appears to be a victim of drunken driving by scholars

A case of talk left, budget right

Let’s not fool ourselves: this is not a budget that’s friendly to the poor or the vulnerable

SA economist whose work went global wrote with a deep idealism

'Terreblanche wrote with a deep idealism in a country frequently with the highest levels of inequality'

Press Releases

Dr Sumy Thomas: Deciphering the human puzzle, from the inside out

The Discovery Foundation MGH Fellowship Award recipient for 2020 will focus on internal medicine, particularly the endocrine system of patients affected by HIV

Touching lives through innovation

Africa has a high youth population that adapts to technology quickly, and this phenomenon is something which should be taken advantage of

Festive Reading

In The Whistleblowers, Mandy Wiener talks to a wide range of the people who have revealed corruption and malfeasance in government and business

Centre for Women & Gender Studies

The CWGS aims to resuscitate the histories of African women from all walks of life in an intellectual cleansing/ukuhlambulula of her story

Greening the Future

The awards are a way of encouraging progress and celebrating those who wake up every day and work to make this country a better more sustainable place

Failing to learn the lessons? The impact of Covid-19 on a Broken and Unequal Education System

If the president was serious about fixing basic education, he would appoint his most competent minister with a powerful mandate to start fixing it

National Science and Technology Forum

It's an independent SETI platform, an essential element of an active democracy and an important part of the collaboration process needed in SETI

Milestones over the NSTF’s 25-year history

The organisation celebrates its Silver Jubilee as an established player in the NSI and as promoter and influencer of SET and innovation in South Africa