South Africa needs more export competitiveness and regional integration, World Bank reports

Greater export competitiveness and deeper regional integration could help propel South Africa towards faster-growing exports, allowing it to achieve higher, more inclusive, job-intensive growth as laid out in the country’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2030, according to the World Bank's South Africa Economic Update. “Helping South Africa achieve its export potential is essential for rapid … Continue reading South Africa needs more export competitiveness and regional integration, World Bank reports

The Democratic Alliance and South Africa’s 2014 elections

By Arnout Nuijt With less than six months to go, South Africa’s national elections already fuel many speculations. As I wrote earlier, the big game changer may be Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters. The EFF may grab up to 10% of the national vote (one poll put them even at 12%), mostly votes previously cast … Continue reading The Democratic Alliance and South Africa’s 2014 elections

South Africa: IMF urges firm reform

South Africa’s economy has made important strides over the past two decades. Rising income levels have resulted in declining poverty rates, and strong institutions and policy frameworks have contributed to macroeconomic stability and greater integration with the global economy. However, in recent years the country’s structural problems that are holding back growth and job creation … Continue reading South Africa: IMF urges firm reform

Why Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters could become a game changer for South African politics

By Arnout Nuijt South Africa's former African National Congress Youth League leader, Julius Malema, last week successfully registered his political party, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), for the 2014 national elections. Mr Malema promises to provide free and quality education, healthcare and sanitation, as well as redistributing land and nationalising the mines. Although he was … Continue reading Why Julius Malema’s Economic Freedom Fighters could become a game changer for South African politics

Deon Meyer, South Africa’s thriller writer

By Arnout Nuijt The gentleman who had entered the Mozambican hotel elevator on the same floor as I did must have been a good observer. He said, while nodding his head towards the book I was holding: I see you are reading Deon Meyer. Indeed, I replied, it’s my first one and I find it … Continue reading Deon Meyer, South Africa’s thriller writer