30 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY: SA’s economy neither Gear nor there
/ 26 April 2024

30 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY: SA’s economy neither Gear nor there

Amid directionless policy after 30 years of democracy, the country’s prospects continue to be driven by the whims of miners and their financiers

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Ramaphosa’s economy and Mandela-era nostalgia
/ 28 November 2023

Ramaphosa’s economy and Mandela-era nostalgia

Instead of prompting us to recapture our past, our current economic plight suggests we should break from it

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Will the dollar hit a Brics wall?
/ 17 April 2023

Will the dollar hit a Brics wall?

The architecture of the global financial system hurts emerging market economies but the alliance has yet to offer an alternative

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Lessons from Turkey to SA: Economic independence is a battle
/ 4 December 2021

Lessons from Turkey to SA: Economic independence is a battle

Without tighter capital controls, regulating the flow of money in and out of their economies, Turkey and South Africa are vulnerable to the whims of the financial markets

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/ 24 April 2008

It’s class apartheid, stupid

Official data tell us that class apartheid, born in April 1994 with features that include durable racism and patriarchy, is now a malevolent juvenile delinquent.As with racial apartheid two decades ago, the chains of class apartheid have growing cracks and, with enough pressure from below, can also be broken.

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/ 17 July 2007

Mbekism sophistrified

Is Ronald Suresh Roberts’ <i>Fit to Govern</i> fit to defend Thabo Mbeki from (mainly) "illiberal" critics of different hues? Roberts has positioned himself as a radical nationalist, and unfortunately most critiques of his book to date presume he genuinely speaks from the left, writes Patrick Bond.

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/ 3 May 2007

Whose Zimbabwe economy?

For the country’s first post-Mugabe government, perhaps as early as next March if elite deal-making unfolds as promised, job number two, after restoring a semblance of democracy, is economic. Given the meltdown of Robert Mugabe’s version of crony-statist-capitalism, the new model chosen will reverberate across the world.