Our Publications

Running out of Road: South Africa’s public finances and what is to be done

August 28, 2019

South Africa’s fiscal crisis is a result of rapidly rising public spending in an era of slow economic growth, but the accumulation of debt is now slowing economic growth. To address the crisis, government needs to tackle rising public spending. It also needs to ensure that the SOCs, and the industries in which they operate, are restructured.

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The State and Economic Development

August 15, 2019

The state and economic development remains a contested and evolving relationship. Renowned scholar, Stanford Professor Francis Fukuyama, reflected on the global history and development of this relationship.

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Contemporary Populism

August 15, 2019

Contemporary populism has increasingly become a global trend. Renowned scholar, Stanford Professor Francis Fukuyama, reflects on this trend, the reasons for this rise in global populism and discusses the consequences there of.

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News and Opinion

Business should loudly and boldly support the National Treasury’s economic growth strategy

September 04, 2019
Written by Ann Bernstein

“South Africa’s current economic trajectory is unsustainable: economic growth has stagnated, unemployment is rising, and inequality remains high.” These are the opening lines of National Treasury’s recently released paper on economic strategy for SA.

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South Africa needs stronger leadership

September 02, 2019

South Africa’s debt is getting worse  and it is devouring our future. In an interview on eNCA, CDE’s Ann Bernstein stresses that SA needs stronger leadership to get through the economic turmoil.

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Prioritising growth is the only way to get out of our debt swamp

September 02, 2019
Written by Ann Bernstein

SA is in a profound and deepening economic crisis. The country’s public finances are increasingly precarious, its macroeconomic fundamentals increasingly unsound and its path increasingly unsustainable.

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What’s Happening

The future of export-led industrialisaton: A global perspective

August 26, 2019

Please join us for a lunchtime talk by Dr Philip Schellekens on how export-led manufacturing could play a significant role in reviving the South African economy

Date:         Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Time:         12:00 – 14:00
Place:        5 Eton Road, Parktown
RSVP:        events@cde.org.za

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The role of the state in development: Public lecture by Professor Francis Fukuyama

March 28, 2019

On March 28 2019, one of the world’s most influential political philosophers, Professor Fukuyama gave a public lecture on the role of the state in development at Wits Business School.

Watch the live stream of the lecture.

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