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South Africa

South Africa

Population: 52.5 mn.
GDP: $341.2 bn.
Debt: $139.8 bn.
Overview:

Eskom will battle to avert total blackout as President Jacob Zuma's ambition for a US$100 billion nuclear-energy project faces strong opposition. Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to take over as African National Congress and national President will generate fierce debate within party and government. Public protests by ANC members will reach new heights.

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Poison plots and power games

President Zuma cancelled the results of ANC elections in Durban because the wrong candidates won

A new conference to elect regional leaders of the African National Congress is to be held at the end of April after President Jacob Zuma declared February's vote void. He cancelled...


Cold war at Eskom

The suspended Chief Executive Officer of state electricity utility Eskom, Tshediso Matona, has lost his bid to overturn his suspension by the Board of Directors.


BEE worsens mining outlook

The mineral sector is already weak but intricate deals for ANC favourites are also sapping foreign enthusiasm for investment

Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) mining deals are becoming more lavish and opaque, skirting the law and enriching insiders, industry observers say. The arrangements also carry repu...


No-fly zone for legal eagles

The presidency is working to remove police and prosecutors who refuse to suspend actions against highly influential people

The decline in independence of South Africa's top criminal justice institutions is accelerating as President Jacob Zuma redoubles his efforts to immunise himself and his entourage ...


A rowdy state of the nation

President Zuma's vision of the road ahead failed to ignite passion. Only the chaos that descended on Parliament stood out

Despite fist fights and forcible expulsions from the chamber of the National Assembly, African National Congress officials insisted President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation Addre...


Turbulence trending

Zuma faces a serious challenge from Ramaphosa and ANC internal battles could weaken efforts to tackle urgent economic problems

The coming year will be dominated by the struggle within the African National Congress between President Jacob Zuma and his supporters and those seeking to replace him with the Dep...


The politics of power

Eskom is torn between the twin dictates of low government tariffs for the public and industry and re-investment priorities

Blackouts returned to major cities in November as the embattled Electricity Supply Commission began load-shedding for the second time this year. It is the latest drama in a torrid ...


Pick a power source

It is ironic that while Eskom battles to keep the lights on, planners have warned there is a risk of building too much new generating capacity. Uncertainty over South Africa's futu...


How guns colonised politics

Competition for political office, with its opportunities for patronage, can be bitter enough to end in murder. Violence is affecting the labour movement, too

Political assassinations have risen to alarming proportions since the end of apartheid and are likely to continue, especially as new trades union rivalries emerge and the 2016 muni...


The succession war has begun

Zuma is moving to protect his future as factions form up for the battle to decide who will be the next president

President Jacob Zuma had barely taken office last May before the first shots in the battle to succeed him were fired. He has already blocked the election of a new leadership for th...


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