Roger Southall

Roger Southall is an Emeritus Professor in Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Repression in Zimbabwe exposes South Africa’s weakness

The pattern is now well established: crisis, intervention, promises by the Zanu-PF regime to behave, and then relapse after a decent interval to the sort of behaviour that prompted the latest crisis in the first place.

Events in Lesotho point to poor prospects for political stability

Since the demand for resources far outmatches the patronage available, Lesotho’s political arena has become brutally competitive

Party’s woes signify historical dilemma of South Africa’s liberals

The Democratic Alliance’s problems can be traced back to the politicisation of race, which has persisted even after the dawn of democracy in 1994

Electoral systems need urgent reform. South Africa is no exception

The current crisis in British politics is significant for countries like South Africa where a change in electoral systems is needed

Can the centre hold, or will South Africa get its own Bolsonaro?

Polls indicate that voters are unlikely to abandon the African National Congress

The law can change racist minds

Unexpressed racism may be even more dangerous if it's left lurking below the surface

Ramaphosa has started the clean up job. But can he turn the state around?

Cyril Ramaphosa has done well so far but more challenges relating to reigniting the economy lie ahead.

I’m alright, Jack — I’ve got a borehole

'​The approach of Day Zero has put Capetonians into panic mode and suburbia is getting distinctly nervous'

Zuma’s reluctance to leave office is offering sound lessons in democracy

President Jacob Zuma's resistance to vacate the top job may be a blessing in disguise as it will stress test the country's political systems.

Ramaphosa should end the presidential merry-go-round

Ramaphosa should do more than simply ensure that he replaces Zuma immediately.

South Africa needs electoral reform, but president’s powers need watching

Changing the system to allow for direct election would require SA to look carefully at how a directly elected president should be held accountable.

Lessons for Jacob Zuma in Robert Mugabe’s misfortunes

The unfolding misfortunes of the Zimbabwean president hold key lessons for his South African counterpart who faces the possibility of a forced exit.

Press Releases

Disrupt the corrupt

Whistle-blowers should be seen as real heroes in the fight against corruption and we need a change in culture for this to happen

Corporates: A force for good for a sustainable future

In order to see people and nature thrive what is required is a strong focus on partnerships – we cannot act alone anymore

Combatting wildlife crime in Southern Africa activity annual programme statement (APS) No. 04

Concept papers are sought for implementating activities, for a multi-faceted programme that aims to reduce poaching and illegal trade in wildlife

The financial decisions made during your life journey, and their impact on your retirement outcome

The longer you save towards retirement the larger your retirement savings are expected to be due to the effect of compounding interest

In conversation with SA Reserve Bank Governer, Lesetja Kganyago

'Make interest rates zero and inflation goes up and then people save less – we need savings to fund investment in this country'

Secure your business from cyber threats

Many business-grade security systems now have built-in learning systems and AI to help businesses stay up to date with protection

Mental Health

During the pandemic there's been a dramatic increase in depression, anxiety and suicides, according to some of the surveys done

Expert financial advice still recommended – especially in uncertain times

A financial advisor is an expert who will help you to protect your wealth and make a realistic plan when unexpected events threaten your wellbeing

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