In this week's edition we take a look at the Zuma effect, surprising ways the economy will change and deliver a sobering Covid-19 report card.
Democracy's prospects in Africa depend not on finding better leaders but on ensuring that more people can act together to ensure that government serves them, writes Steven Friedman.
Ramaphosa says the stimulus package is a 'bold' attempt to initiate economic change. But it is more interesting for what it says about the politics of decision-making in the ANC, says Steven Friedman.
President Jacob Zuma's appointment of David Mahlobo to the energy portfolio can be seen to be linked to the contentious nuclear deal with Russia, explains political analyst Steve Friedman.
Privatisation talk in South Africa shows how state owned enterprises are being used as tools for enrichment by the connected and less as key elements of development, says Prof Steven Friedman.
ANC MP Makhosi Khoza has revealed that her daughter has been receiving death threats from the same people who are intimidating her.
A captured South African Treasury is bad news for the country's poor but the view that the capture is a natural enemy of the market economy is a myth, says Steven Friedman.
America just elected its most dangerous president ever, because it has not dealt with inequality and race. SA's future may be perilous if we ignore this warning, says Steven Friedman.
The Gupta family played an amateurish game in trying to capture the state, political analyst, Dr Somadoda Fikeni, has told a public seminar at the University of Johannesburg.
The newly-elected ANC Youth League president, Collen Maine, does not seem to be very tolerant of criticism, political analyst Steven Friedman said on Friday after being called a "charlatan" by the new leader.
Political parties are contesting by-elections in six provinces - the only real indicator of voter trends ahead of local government elections next year, an analyst says.
Budgets are, inevitably, political, not only because they decide how the people’s money is spent but because they are products of political choices, says Steven Friedman.
Professor Steven Friedman unpacks why the ANC is not a more "radical" party following its 54th national conference.
Business Leadership South Africa has in the recent past assumed a stinging position against public sector corruption. Bonang Mohale explains the stance taken by the lobby group.
South African business can beat back the toxic 'white monopoly capital' title by doing things differently and no shouting from roof tops, explains Professor Steven Friedman.
A financial system that is sure to collapse if the central bank cares about people’s well-being goes against democratic principle, writes Steven Friedman.
A closer look at the politics within the ANC suggests that this is a fight between two factions, both of them products of trends in the economy, explains Prof Steven Friedman.
Business decision makers in South Africa may be surprised to learn that the economy will continue to exclude millions of people until they have a greater sense of crisis.
Read why political analyst Steven Friedman says he'll be cutting down on his availability to the media.
Police Minister Nathi Nhleko says that reasons “beyond his control” led to him cancelling a news conference where he would have made public his long-awaited Nkandla report.
The National Assembly has elected ANC national chair Baleka Mbete Speaker after 400 new MPs took their seats.
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