What if He won’t go?
by Cees Bruggemans words 1100
What if He won't go when the time comes? What if many are already acting on the supposition that He won't go?
Africa Brief 28 June 2015
Piecemeal Long Term Renewal
by Cees Bruggemans and Prof Willie Esterhuyse words 1100
Alluding to Karl Popper’s idea of “piecemeal” change, are we in SA subjected to greater, more deeper-laying change processes than the ones rather superficially directed at us by those in “authority”.
Africa Brief 1 June 2015
Remedy for a Troubled Soul
by Cees Bruggemans words 900
With clearly untroubled leaders, what is a troubled country to do?
Africa Brief 10 May 2015
Quietly riding at anchor
by Cees Bruggemans words 700
At first “storm-tossed, demasted, rudderless, dissolute” come to mind as key phrases when trying to grapple with the directionless nature of South Africa’s economy and society at present.
Yet it may be we may be merely quietly riding out the storm, before the wind or simply at anchor in some relatively safe anchorage, waiting for better times to favour us once again.
Africa Brief 19 April 2015
by Cees Bruggemans and Prof Willie Esterhuyse words 1200
Confidence is a funny thing. Very fluid. Ongrypbaar. Difficult to define or pin down, but you will recognise its presence or absence in an instant.
Africa Brief 31 March 2015
SA Modernity Groundswell
by Cees Bruggemans and Prof Willie Esterhuyse words 900
For many South Africans the social and economic structures from the past are unacceptable and need to be changed. It is the “how” that inflames passions, missionary zeal in some, deep anxiety in others.
Africa Brief 22 March 2015
Sharing the Spoils
by Cees Bruggemans words 2300
We inherited an awful inequality in terms of income & wealth from the past. More important, what are we in SA doing about it, for better or worse, besides smearing excrement all over Cecil John Rhodes?
Africa Brief 22 February 2015
SA Radical Prospects
By Cees Bruggemans words 10 000
This article, entitled “SA Radical Prospects: Limitations & Opportunities”, was originally commissioned by the IJR (Institute of Justice & Reconciliation) in October 2014 and recently published in its Transformation Audit 2014. It is reproduced here with kind permission. The reader is gently reminded that the length is 10 000 words (23 pages) – about eight times the ordinary length of one of my Comment articles.
Africa Brief 3 February 2015
Africa growth gear change
So how wrong can one be? Barely 8 months ago I wrote “Africa’s Golden Gas Coast” and barely 15 months ago “Ghana: an oil-fueled boom”. And here we are, early 2015, and one senses instead something far less impressive unfolding.
Africa Brief 27 January 2015
Soft & Hard Insiders
by Cees Bruggemans and Prof Willie Esterhuyse words 1300
A generation ago SA politics was marked by what Wimpie de Klerk ended up calling “verligte” (lite) and “verkrampte” (hardcore) insider nationalists.
Today, something similar, yet quite distinct, is on offer. We could term them “soft” and “hard”(boiled) insider nationalists.