Cyril Ramaphosa and the Future of the ANC

February 19, 2018

The ANC’s ability to pivot and unite around a new candidate displays a degree of unity that bodes well for its ability to weather future electoral contests. On February 14, Jacob Zuma resigned as president of the Republic of South Africa, a position that he had held since 2009. The African...

Morocco Is Giving South Africa a Run for Its Money

January 08, 2018

What made 15 African Union members vote against Morocco’s admission? Nearing the one-year anniversary of Morocco’s admission into the African Union (AU), further interpretations can be made concerning the implications of the AU’s majority 39-15 vote. Following Morocco’s historic...

Will Jacob Zuma Drag the ANC Down With Him?

November 28, 2017

As the ANC’s conference approaches, many within the governing party are beginning to count the cost of a leader who lacks the public's trust. In December 2007, delegates at the National Elective Conference of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress (ANC) took an ill-fated gamble on...

Is Retirement Tourism the Answer to South Africa’s Economic Growth?

July 18, 2017

A growing demographic can help South Africa pour funds into a struggling economy. The last few years in South Africa saw a deterioration of economic growth and political wrangles around leadership and socio-economic policies. The country is facing both economic and job-growth conundrums. The...

A Stress Test for Democracy in South Africa

May 10, 2017

In South Africa, there is a new branch of the ANC emerging that calls for radical change and advocates against corruption. Riding on Nelson Mandela’s promise of freedom, equality and opportunity, the African National Congress (ANC) has exercised unchallenged electoral dominance over South...

Africa This Month: Nuclear Power Program Out, Malaria Vaccine In

April 30, 2017

Despite economic shocks and political turmoil, the jettisoning of a shady nuclear deal and the launch of a malaria vaccine are great news for Africa. In the March edition of Africa This Month, the authors warned about the risk of famine in parts of the continent. This month, the Famine Early...

Is South Africa Facing More Economic Trouble Ahead?

April 22, 2017

The South African economy faces challenging times ahead as the country’s credit rating plummets. Hopes have receded in the past three weeks for a steady recovery of South Africa’s fragile economy with the downgrade earlier this month of the country’s credit rating to junk status. The...