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Will populist political projects eventually lead to the collapse of democracy? The answer is complicated, but there is a second option, writes Ralph Mathekga.
South Africa's expansive social welfare system is an essential buffer for all those millions of people who do not benefit from the neo-liberal aspects of government policy. But more needs to be done, writes Christi van der Westhuizen.
To overcome populism, it is important to develop a spirit and ethic of tolerance and embrace, writes Nico Koopman.
At home, french President Emmanuel Macron's popularity has been sinking, hurt by the failure of his early unpopular changes to labour and tax law to revive the domestic economy.
Populism is having an impact on global economies and markets, with implications that must be ?understood by investors.
There are two types of politicians or political parties – the pragmatic and the fanatics. The pragmatic politicians develop policies that can bring about long-term solutions to national problems, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.
South Africa’s bad economic performance is unlikely to give more sway to populist voices, says Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago.
Read the full address by Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago’s at the ABSIP National Conference in Johannesburg.
South Africa has lost its way and in the absence of fresh, big ideas, the ANC could easily turn to short-term populism, says former deputy finance minister Mcebisi Jonas.
The rise in influence of anti-establishment and populist movements continues apace. Britain now has a leader in Boris Johnson who resembles Donald Trump in his bombastic manner, writes Clem Sunter.
Immediately after the merger plan was revealed, the French and Italian governments moved to secure jobs.
Global CEOs praised 2018 as a year of strong global growth – but by the end of the year they'd changed their minds completely. Now they're eying China and India rather than the US for new investment.
Hillary Clinton is facing backlash after telling Europe to try to calm right-wing populism by refusing to offer "refuge and support" to migrants.
Unemployment and inequality feed populism and ethnic nationalism, but instant solutions and socialist dreams can only make it worse in the longer term, writes Max du Preez.
The EFF, or mini-Trumps in red overalls, are following the populist's guide to demagoguery, Jan Gerber argues.
Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago says South Africa spends too much time debating populist issues such as the proposed nationalisation of the SARB, instead of focusing on steps to boost the economy.
The head of the central bank has said that while populist economic policies routinely lead to financial disaster, populism is an effective political tool as it speaks to ordinary people about real problems.
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