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Africa Brief                                                                                         12 July 2015

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

Let’s Go!!!    

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   

by Cees Bruggemans                         words 860

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.

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