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New Agenda 93

A ‘social protection floor’ for South Africa Developing an approach for social justice and inclusion Edited by New Agenda from the work of Viviene Taylor South Africa leads the developing world in building a social protection system. A total of 28 million people — 45% of the population — currently…
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New Agenda 93

As we celebrate, we indict A personal reflection on 30 years of democracy by a rank-and-file activist  By Shepi Mati This is a personal reflection of a rank-and-file activist on 30 years of democracy in South Africa. Whilst it celebrates the achievements of democracy, it seeks to indict us all…
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New Agenda 93

SA After 30 Years — Still a Nation of Two Economies By Roland Ngam The ANC is confronted with one tough question: reform or die slowly. ROLAND NGAM delves into the ANC-led attempts at creating a South Africa that works for all and examines why the Freedom Charter’s resolution –…
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New Agenda 93

The de-mobilisation of Action Kommandant1 The United Democratic Front, popular democracy and the ANC By Robert Van Niekerk When the ANC was unbanned it sought to demobilise grassroots democracy. In disbanding the United Democratic Front, the ANC turned its back on the insurgent non-racialism that had emerged in the 1980s,…
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New Agenda 93

Unemployment, poverty and inequality in SA as seen through a feminist political-economy lens By Sbusisiwe Sibeko Much social reproduction is based in households, with women at the forefront, yet this work is still delegated to the periphery of political- economic policy discussions. In this article Sbusisiwe Sibeko provides a feminist…
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New Agenda 93

Corporate corruption of South African politics and economics ‘Accumulation by dispossession’ as a structural process, beyond ‘state capture’ By Patrick Bond South Africa’s ranking in Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index suggests the government is not as corrupt as public opinion suggests. In this article PATRICK BOND emphasises the need for…
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New Agenda 93

Looking to the past to shape Parliament’s future Yunus Carrim says hamba kahle, after 30 years in the House By Moira Levy On the eve of his retirement after 30 years as a Member of Parliament, Yunus Carrim shares a timely reminder of South African democracy’s “glorious” days. In an…
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New Agenda 93

Dateline Africa Looking back on how democracy has fared in the past 30 years elsewhere in Africa Top ten countries, and Rwanda, (by population size) Sources: World Development Indicators (2023) and EIU (2024) South Africans have been sorely disappointed by the first 30 years of democracy – unemployment has increased,…
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New Agenda 93

Books — An Extract The modern history of Egypt is told, by insiders and outsiders alike, largely through the narrative of authoritarian leaders and their so-called “iron-fisted” rule. Gamal Abdel Nasser (1956–1970) was well known for his method of having people disappeared – “behind the sun” is the Arabic refrain1…
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New Agenda 93

Book Review By Linda Chisholm Not thirty, but twenty years after democracy, South Africa’s oldest and mostprestigious university was wracked by tumultuous upheavals sustained over twolong years between 2015 and 2017. Although contestation and challenge were not newto the university, the nature and degree of student protest, directed at the…
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Persistent and obscene inequality A post-apartheid policy choice By Seeraj Mohamed How is one to understand the poor economic performance of the South African economy since the end of apartheid? SEERAJ MOHAMED argues that the post-apartheid government chose to adopt neoliberal economic policies rather than taking on a developmental state…
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New Agenda 93

What does it mean to be‘progressive’ in South Africatoday? Viewpoints from civil society An awful lot has changed during South Africa’s 30 years of democracy – but clearly not nearly enough. The state’s provision of certain basic services isbroadly recognised, and commended, but democracy is not measured onlyaccording to the…
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New Agenda 93

Nostalgia as a weapon … … and also a way to bring back the dream – By Ari Sitas Ari Sitas is the Acting Director of the Institute of African Alternatives (IFAA). He is also Emeritus Professor and former head of the Department of Sociology, University of Cape Town, and…
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New Agenda 93

Editorial Essay Democracy of a Special Type? Persistent World-Class Inequality – By Gregory Ruiters, Guest Editor Professor Gregory Ruiters holds the Chair in Citizenship and Democracy in the Economic and Management Sciences Faculty at the University of the Western Cape and is Acting Director of UWC’s School of Government Introduction…
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New Agenda 92: Special Issue – Economics & Labour in the Global South

Book Review A Practical Guide to Levitation: Stories By José Eduardo Agualusa Review by Jacqueline Nyathi Translated from the Portuguese by Daniel Hahn Mozambique-based writer José Eduardo Agualusa and his wonderful translator, Daniel Hahn, have a way with words, the fantastical and the surreal. They bring ghosts to life with…
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