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New From CFR: John Campbell on South Africa’s Economy

by Development Channel Staff
September 27, 2012

Workers in the freight sector belonging to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) march through the Durban central business district, demanding an increase in salary on September 26, 2012 (Rogan Ward/Courtesy Reuters). Workers in the freight sector belonging to the South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (SATAWU) march through the Durban central business district, demanding an increase in salary on September 26, 2012 (Rogan Ward/Courtesy Reuters).

On his blog yesterday, CFR senior fellow John Campbell highlighted an article co-authored by Moeletsi Mbeki, deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs and brother (and frequent critic) of former president Thabo Mbeki. As Campbell writes, the piece argues that South Africa’s 1994 political transition did not change the structure of its economy, leading to unrest today. As Campbell summarizes:

The ANC [African National Congress] has bought on to the unstable status quo, even while resentment against it is building among the poor and dispossessed who continually vote them into office. But, Mbeki posits no easy solutions: he observes that government efforts to radically redistribute wealth as advocated by radicals like ANC Youth League Leader Julius Malema will simply lead to owners taking their money elsewhere–outside South Africa.

You can read the full post here.

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  • Posted by Alan Turner

    Hello John
    South Africa is on the verge of collapse, we are in crisis, we are ungoverned and we are being led by a corrupt government.
    When in crisis human beings will come together to lend a hand, a typical example of this are natural disasters such as Tsunamis and earthquakes etc.
    I listen and read thousands of speeches and articles that tell us that we have a problem in SA, we know it but can’t solve it, but I honestly believe we have the tools and knowedge to change things, all we have to do is follow the impact on crisis driven media to send a message to all south Africans that we will not tolerate this state of anarchy in which we are headed. media is the key to send this message, NOT a message of slagging the government but a message of solution and monitoring what needs to be done via a dedicated live TV pogramme and radio chats that is “IN YOUR FACE REPORTING” for example The development corporation intends spending R28billion on infrastructure development and Trevor manual his own development plans, let’s monitor them daily, live on TV, let’s get into the faces of those making promises and follow the contracts and budgets and show the public that media and those who care can feel part of a solution.
    Other ideas can come to the surface, I worked with a renewable energy solutions company in an NGO with a long term vision of job creation in the rural communities, But trying to get a Public benefit number was another story, 18months later and I could not fund the movement further. The points that there are so many great south Africans out there that it’s quite shameful that we haven’t done something constructive by now, LET’S START WORKING TOGETHER VIA MEDIA and debate, monitor and find solutions before the illiterate burn SA to the ground.
    MEDIA Is the SOLUTION.

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