South Africa: Cyril's Choices - Lessons From 25 Years of Freedom in South Africa

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'Cyril's Choices: Lessons from 25 Years of Freedom in South Africa' spells out the choices facing President Cyril Ramaphosa. In this extract, author John Matisonn looks at SA's lost opportunities, lessons to be learnt and offers possible solutions for the country's economic malaise.

State Capture was worse than a crime. It was a mistake.

It drew attention away from the local and global threats and opportunities we ignore at our peril. Those currents are gathering force.

Cyril Ramaphosa's South Africa faces economic stagnation, the climate crisis, 4IR, a hunger crisis in neighbouring Zimbabwe, and the rising influence of Russia and China while the Western-dominated world order is unravelling under the populist distractions of Donald Trump and Brexit.

The African continent is in the early stages of an expected population explosion, especially north of the equator. Increasing terrorism outbreaks are a risk, and American soldiers and Russian mercenaries are expanding their footprint southward.

Russian mercenaries are as close to South Africa as Mozambique. Facebook has concluded that "entities associated with" the Russian oligarch known as Putin's chef, who provides catering services to the Russian government, Yevgeny Prigorzhin, interfered in the domestic politics of eight African countries: Mozambique, Madagascar, the Central African...

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