The late Frederik van Zyl Slabbert is famous for saying that he achieved more in 18 months dealing with ‘real issues’ in local government than in 12 years in Parliament. In his new book about the former opposition leader, Slabbert: Man on a Mission, writer Albert Grundlingh describes Slabbert’s experience as head of the Central […]
Can a new national dialogue save South Africa?
Due to Covid-19, as well as the mismanagement and stagnation that were present well before the pandemic, South Africa has shed millions of jobs. Poverty has increased dramatically and there is a clear failure of leadership at various levels – in politics, business and civil society. Can this crisis be a catalyst for change? Could […]
Restoring faith in democratic processes will be a priority for Africa in 2021
In the past year an unprecedented number of high-profile elections were held in Africa. Many of them, like those in Burundi, Tanzania, Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire, were marred by violence and the electoral processes were considered far from credible. In Burundi in May this year, the ruling party’s Evariste Ndayishimiye won an election marked by […]