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City Of Broken Dreams - Myth-making, Nationalism And The University In An African Motor City (Paperback): Leslie J. Bank City Of Broken Dreams - Myth-making, Nationalism And The University In An African Motor City (Paperback)
Leslie J. Bank
R295 R219 Discovery Miles 2 190 Save R76 (26%) In stock

City Of Broken Dreams brings the global debate about the urban university to bear on the realities of South African rust-belt cities through a detailed case study of the Eastern Cape motor city of East London, a site of significant industrial job losses over the past two decades. The cultural power of the car and its associations with the endless possibilities of modernity lie at the heart of the refusal of many rust-belt motor cities to seek alternative development paths that could move them away from racially inscribed, automotive capitalism and cultures. This is no less true in East London than it is in the motor cities of Flint and Detroit in the US.

Since the end of the Second World War, universities have become increasingly urbanised, resulting in widespread concerns about the autonomy of universities as places of critical thinking and learning. Simultaneously, there is increased debate about the role universities can play in building urban economies, creating jobs and reshaping the politics and identities of cities.

In City Of Broken Dreams, author Leslie Bank embeds the reader's understanding of the university within a history of industrialisation, placing-making and city building.

The Other End Of The Telescope - How To Increase The Metabolic Rate And Success Of Your Business (Paperback): Ian Russell The Other End Of The Telescope - How To Increase The Metabolic Rate And Success Of Your Business (Paperback)
Ian Russell
R250 R170 Discovery Miles 1 700 Save R80 (32%) In stock

Are you ready to rise to the challenge of increasing the metabolic rate and success of your business? The Other End Of The Telescope is a high speed gallop through the absurdities and challenges of getting things done in large companies, and the inherent contradictions in leadership and organisational behaviours that prevent businesses from realising their potential and achieving greater success.

In this collection of thought provoking essays, Ian Russell draws on more than 25 years’ experience of leading and working in large organisations around the world to distil the key themes and challenges confronting big business today. The book tackles key topics such as organisational cholesterol, the loneliness of leadership, human capital strategy failures, performance destroying ‘head offices’ and the ‘myths’ of talent scarcity and the socalled Fourth Industrial Revolution, among others. Each essay pairs a deep understanding of the real world and lessons learned the hard way, with powerful and pragmatic insights on how big business can change the way in which it does things.

Contributions from other notable thought leaders Valter Adão, Richard Mulholland, Happy Ntshingila and Rapelang Rabana add unique voices and insights to Ian’s vibrant and straightforward views. Together they are exactly what is needed to jolt businesses and their leaders into doing things more successfully and thoughtfully. The lightness of Ian’s style makes this a highly readable book, but it does not dilute the impact of his incisive observations and insights.

Passionate, irreverent and challenging, The Other End Of The Telescope will make you think deeply about your business and your career – and your role in both.

KasiNomic Revolution - The Rise Of African Informal Economies (Paperback): G.G. Alcock KasiNomic Revolution - The Rise Of African Informal Economies (Paperback)
G.G. Alcock
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A revolution is taking place in the great marketplaces of the informal sector and it contains an unquantified scale and power as an economic engine and a way of life for the majority of our low income populations. The KasiNomic Revolution may still be a murmur in the streets, a grassroots economic groundswell, but it is the future of African economic activity.

Kasi is the South African term for the township – a teeming conurbation of homes and businesses, entertainment venues and social meeting places. GG Alcock uses the term KasiNomics to describe the informal sectors of Africa, whether they are in the township, a rural marketplace, at a taxi rank or on a pavement in the shadow of skyscrapers. Brought up in a rural Zulu community, GG has learnt and shares the lessons of African culture, language, stick fighting, lifestyle and tribal politics, along with shared poverty and community, which have prepared him for accessing the great informal marketplaces of Africa. He is uniquely placed to uncover the extraordinary stories of kasi businesses which not only survive but excel, revealing a revolutionary entrepreneurship which is mostly invisible to the formal sector.

KasiNomic Revolution is a story of kasi entrepreneurs on one side and, on the other, of great corporate successes and failures in the informal community. KasiNomic Revolution is at once a business book, and at the same time a deeply human book about the people and lives of rural and urban informal societies.

KasiNomic Revolution is about the lessons of marketing, distribution, culture and modernity in an informal African world.

Corporate Social Investment - A Guide To Creating A Meaningful Legacy (Paperback): Setlogane Manchidi Corporate Social Investment - A Guide To Creating A Meaningful Legacy (Paperback)
Setlogane Manchidi
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Developing an impactful corporate social investment (CSI) strategy and approach with real potential to positively change people’s lives can be a tricky exercise. Those grappling with how best to approach CSI will find thought-provoking insights in this book that will contribute positively to how they view, shape and execute their CSI strategy. In a most accessible way, this guidebook on CSI presents an instructive and constructive way of building a CSI strategy.

Setlogane Manchidi, Head of CSI at Investec, is known in the CSI space for his passion and strong desire to see meaningful change in people’s lives. In this book, informed by his experiences as a CSI practitioner over the years, he unpacks what he considers to be essential aspects of CSI practice. Manchidi adopts and articulates a question-based approach to creating an effective CSI strategy.

Recognising that business is not separate from society, Manchidi suggests that companies need to ask themselves some serious questions, amongst them: Why should they be doing CSI and, importantly, why are they doing it? The questions, which are reflected on the cover of the book, are difficult ones which require complete honesty, deep consideration and the necessity of placing ‘impact’ at the centre of the formulation of CSI strategy.

Through this book, Setlogane Manchidi reminds us of the significance of a carefully considered CSI strategy and approach, especially in a country such as South Africa with many socio-economic challenges that continue to impact negatively on ordinary people’s day-to-day lives.

The Art Of Hustling - Sell Or Surrender (Paperback): DJ Sbu The Art Of Hustling - Sell Or Surrender (Paperback)
DJ Sbu
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Persuasiveness. Influence. A certain ‘something’ that makes it impossible for people to say no. Call it what you will, some people have it. DJ Sbu certainly does - it’s the quality that has helped him evolve from an ambitious boy growing up on Tembisa’s rough streets to a DJ, an entrepreneur, an author, a philanthropist and a speaker who graces stages around the world. In this book Sbu shares the secrets to cultivating this irresistible quality. Using events that have shaped his own life, he reveals how a positive outlook, resilience, hard work and determination can help you win in every sphere.

This inspiring read also acts as a practical handbook, showing you how to apply The Art Of Hustling to become a winning salesperson. It is DJ Sbu’s firm belief that, if you know how to sell, you will never go hungry. He also believes that this simple skill holds the key to solving Africa’s considerable unemployment problem.

His passion for youth development comes through loud and clear in this easy-to-read, easy-to-use handbook. Full of practical examples, sound advice and no-nonsense insights, it’s a must-have for every person who wishes to further their lives and their careers, whether in the corporate world or starting out on an entrepreneurial journey.

DJ Sbu’s career is testimony to his strength, resilience and spirit of innovation; the very qualities needed to get ahead in today’s rapidly evolving business environment. In sharing his story, he hopes to ignite others’ success.

Africa's Business Revolution - How to Succeed in the World's Next Big Growth Market (Hardcover): Acha Leke, Mutsa... Africa's Business Revolution - How to Succeed in the World's Next Big Growth Market (Hardcover)
Acha Leke, Mutsa Chironga, George Desvaux
R460 R367 Discovery Miles 3 670 Save R93 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 8 working days

The Definitive Guide to Doing Business in Africa

For global and Africa-based companies looking to access new growth markets, Africa offers exciting opportunities to build large, profitable businesses. Its population is young, fast-growing, and increasingly urbanized--while rapid technology adoption makes the continent a fertile arena for innovation. But Africa's business environment remains poorly understood; it's known to many executives in the West only by its reputation for complexity, conflict, and corruption.

Africa's Business Revolution provides the inside story on business in Africa and its future growth prospects and helps executives understand and seize the opportunities for building profitable, sustainable enterprises. From senior leaders in McKinsey's African offices and a leading executive on the continent, this book draws on in-depth proprietary research by the McKinsey Global Institute as well as McKinsey's extensive experience advising corporate and government leaders across Africa. Brimming with company case studies and exclusive interviews with some of Africa's most prominent executives, this book comes to life with the vibrant stories of those who have navigated the many twists and turns on the road to building successful businesses on the continent.

Combining an unrivalled fact base with expert advice on shaping and executing an Africa growth strategy, this book is required reading for global business executives looking to expand their existing operations in Africa--and for those seeking a road map to access this vast, untapped market for the first time.

These Bones Will Rise Again (Paperback): Panashe Chigumadzi These Bones Will Rise Again (Paperback)
Panashe Chigumadzi
R185 R147 Discovery Miles 1 470 Save R38 (21%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

A timeous book, with Zimbabwe’s elections taking place in July 2018, These Bones Will Rise Again responds to the November 2017 ousting of Robert Mugabe, exploring events leading up to the ‘coup not coup’ that brought his 37-year rule to an end.

This long-form essay brings together bold reportage, memoir and critical analysis to radically reframe the political and cultural history of the country, recognising the role of women, workers and urban movements in its liberation struggle. In a searing account, These Bones Will Rise Again explores the heady post-independence days of the 80s, the economic downturn of the 90s, through to the effects of the fast-track land reform policies at the end of the century. Out of Zimbabwe’s official versions of history, Chigumadzi wrests a complex and personal history of the past and present through intercession with two ancestral spirits – anti-colonial heroine Mbuya Nehanda, the founding ancestor of Zimbabwe’s revolution, and her own beloved grandmother, who passed shortly before the de facto coup.

This is an inspiring work exploring loss, recovery and memory that reminds us of the universal and timeless human impulse to freedom, a shared sense of belonging and the will to hope.

Get South Africa Growing (Paperback): Brian Kantor Get South Africa Growing (Paperback)
Brian Kantor 2
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South Africans have been poorly served by the economic choices their governments have made.

The consequences of these choices are everywhere to be seen but most importantly in unemployment and poverty. In this book Brian Kantor advances spirited economic arguments for freer markets and less government intervention and regulation of the South African economy; the book will add significantly to a layman’s understanding of how our economy works. It offers a succinct review of all the key drivers that determine a modern economy’s performance as well as the key institutions of a modern economy.

The book presents an insightful review of the challenges facing the South African economy and its policy makers.

South Africa's Corporatised Liberation - A Critical Analysis Of The ANC In Power (Paperback): Dale T. McKinley South Africa's Corporatised Liberation - A Critical Analysis Of The ANC In Power (Paperback)
Dale T. McKinley 1
R240 R191 Discovery Miles 1 910 Save R49 (20%) Shipped within 4 - 10 working days

South Africa’s democracy is in trouble. The present situation is, in objective terms, a house divided; a house that is tottering on rotten foundations. Despite the more general advances that have been made under the ANC’s rule since 1994, power has not only remained in the hands of a small minority but has increasingly been exercised in service to capital. The ANC has become the key political vehicle – in party and state form as well as application – of corporate capital: domestic and international, black and white, local and national, and constitutive of a range of different fractions. As a result, ‘transformation’ has largely taken the form of acceptance of, combined with incorporation into, the capitalist ‘house’, now minus its formal apartheid frame.

What has happened in South Africa over the last 22 years is the corporatisation of liberation, the political and economic commodification of the ANC and societal development. Those in positions of leadership and power within the ANC have allowed themselves to be lured by the siren calls of power and money, to be sucked in by the prize of ‘capturing’ institutional sites of power, to be seduced by the egoism and lifestyles of the capitalist elite.

This book tells that ‘story’ by offering a critical, fact-based and actively informed holistic analysis of the ANC in power, as a means to: better explain and understand the ANC and its politics as well as South Africa’s post-1994 trajectory; contribute to renewed discussion and debate about power and democracy; and help identify possible sign-posts to reclaim revolutionary, universalist and humanist values as part of the individual and collective struggle for the systemic change South Africa’s democracy needs.

Applied Questions On Auditing (Paperback, 8th Edition): B.M. Barnard, B. Marx, A. van der Watt, P.A. Lansdell Applied Questions On Auditing (Paperback, 8th Edition)
B.M. Barnard, B. Marx, A. van der Watt, P.A. Lansdell
R912 R750 Discovery Miles 7 500 Save R162 (18%) In stock

The questions in this book are grouped according to the various topics covering the different stages of the audit process.

To enhance the value of the book and to make it more useful, it was decided to include answers to all the questions in the text.

Decolonising Knowledge For Africa's Renewal - Examining African Perspectives And Philosophies (Paperback): Vuyisile Msila Decolonising Knowledge For Africa's Renewal - Examining African Perspectives And Philosophies (Paperback)
Vuyisile Msila
R392 Discovery Miles 3 920 In stock

South African higher education students have for the years 2015 and 2016 stood up to demand not only a free education but a decolonised, African-focused education. The calls for decolonisation of knowledge are the ultimate call for freedom. Without the decolonisation of knowledge, Africans may feel their liberation is inchoate and their efforts to shed Western dominance all come to naught.

Over the years various African leaders including Steve Biko wrote about the need to decolonise knowledge. The call for decolonisation is largely being equated with the search for an African identity that looks critically at Western hegemony. Biko sought the black people to understand their origins; to understand black history and affirm black identity. These are all embedded in the struggle to decolonise and search for African values and identities.

The contributors in this book treat several but connected themes that define what Africa and the diaspora require for a society devoid of colonialism and ready for a renewed Africa. “The discussions we develop and the philosophies we adopt on Pan Africanism and decolonisation are due to a bigger vision and for many of us the destination is African renaissance”. Everyone has a role to play in realising African renaissance; government, churches, universities, schools, cultural organisations all have a role to play in this endeavour.

A Time Traveller's Guide To South Africa In 2030 (Paperback): Frans Cronje A Time Traveller's Guide To South Africa In 2030 (Paperback)
Frans Cronje 1
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What will South Africa look like in 2030? And how will the next fifteen years unfold?

Since leading scenario planner Frans Cronje published his bestseller A Time Traveller’s Guide to Our Next Ten Years, the country has changed rapidly. Political tensions have increased, economic performance has weakened and more and more South Africans are taking their frustrations to the street. What does this mean for the country’s future?

Cronje presents the most likely scenarios for South Africa’s future.

Business Cases (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Sharon Rudansky-Kloppers Business Cases (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Sharon Rudansky-Kloppers; Hannie Badenhorst-Weiss, Barney Erasmus, Rigard Steenkamp, Johan Strydom, … 2
R361 R329 Discovery Miles 3 290 Save R32 (9%) In stock

Written for first-year Business Management students, Business Cases second edition contains case studies which illustrate how business management theory is applied to local and international organisations.

Economics - Global and Southern African perspectives (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Michael Parkin Economics - Global and Southern African perspectives (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Michael Parkin
R676 R566 Discovery Miles 5 660 Save R110 (16%) In stock

Based on the tenth edition of Michael Parkin's international best-seller Economics, this text combines his expertise and intyernational perspective with the knowledge and understanding of local academics teaching in the field of Economics.

Solidarity Road - The Story Of A Trade Union In The Ending Of Apartheid (Paperback): Jan Theron Solidarity Road - The Story Of A Trade Union In The Ending Of Apartheid (Paperback)
Jan Theron 1
R280 R222 Discovery Miles 2 220 Save R58 (21%) In stock

Solidarity Road tells the story of Jan Theron’s involvement in the Food and Canning Workers Union (FCWU) during apartheid South Africa. Part memoir, part history this fascinating tale will reveal what working conditions were like in the 1970’s. It outlines the very beginnings of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).

Theron states, ‘Solidarity in a trade union does not simply mean standing by your members, or by organised workers. It means solidarity with your class. At the time, in 1976, the working class was fragmented. Working for a trade union was part of a project to unite a fragmented class, and to give it a voice. This was the historical project to which a number of people from a certain intellectual background were drawn. This would be our contribution to the struggle: what we did to end apartheid. It was a struggle for democracy, but democracy did not just mean everyone getting to vote every so often in national elections. People also had to eat.

The most obvious way in which the working class was then fragmented was in terms of race. The Union put its commitment to solidarity into practice by uniting workers of different races in factories manufacturing food. To do so it had to overcome divisions among workers created by the ways in which government had structured employment, in terms of the law, which the bosses were able to exploit. Nowadays ‘bosses’ seems like a dated term, yet this is the term workers used to refer to the people for whom they actually worked. It is also no less important today than it was then to differentiate between those who control the factories and mines and those who operate at their behest.

Change - Organising Tomorrow, Today (Paperback): Jay Naidoo Change - Organising Tomorrow, Today (Paperback)
Jay Naidoo 6
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Unless there is significant change, the world is heading for an explosion. The growing gap between rich and poor is dangerous and unsustainable. The plundering of resources is damaging our planet. Something has to be done.

In this book, Jay Naidoo harnesses his experience as a labour union organiser, government minister, social entrepreneur and global thought leader, and explores ways of solving some of the world’s biggest problems. Drawing from his experiences in South Africa, Nigeria, Brazil, Bangladesh and other countries, he presents a variety of options for ending poverty and global warming, with a focus on organising in our communities and building change from below and beyond borders.

Naidoo’s message is unequivocal: significant action must be taken immediately if we want future generations to live in a world that we take for granted today.

Race, Class And The Post-Apartheid Democratic State (Paperback): John Reynolds, Ben Fine, Robert van Niekerk Race, Class And The Post-Apartheid Democratic State (Paperback)
John Reynolds, Ben Fine, Robert van Niekerk
R415 R319 Discovery Miles 3 190 Save R96 (23%) In stock

This book provides an overdue critical re-engagement with the analytical approach exemplified by the work of Harold Wolpe, who was a key theorist within the liberation movement. It probes the following broad questions: how do we understand the trajectory of the post-apartheid period, how did the current situation come about in the transformation, how does the current situation relate to how a post-apartheid society was conceived in anticipation, and what are the implications of what have been failed ambitions for progressives?

The contributions to this volume cohere around the following themes: labour and capital in post-apartheid South Africa, the post-apartheid South African economy, the state and transformation of South African society, and social policy in post-apartheid South Africa. The aim is not to provide a common or coherent theoretical perspective, but rather to probe a core problematic and set of theoretical concerns.

The contributing authors explore not only historical and contemporary specifics, but deploy and reflect on theoretical tools that allow us to make sense of those specifics and to engage with the dynamics of race and class, and the form and functioning of the state, including its articulation with an increasingly financialised form of global capitalism.

Statistics for Management and Economics + XLSTAT Bind-in (Hardcover, 11th edition): Gerald Keller Statistics for Management and Economics + XLSTAT Bind-in (Hardcover, 11th edition)
Gerald Keller
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Demonstrate how statistical methods are vital for today's managers and economists as you teach students how to apply these tools to real business problems with the 11th edition of Statistics for Management and Economics.

This best-selling business and economic statistics text emphasizes applications over calculations using a unique three-step "ICI" approach to problem solving. Students IDENTIFY the correct statistical technique by focusing on the problem objective and data type; then COMPUTE the statistics (by hand, using Excel® 2016, or using XLSTAT Excel add-in); and ultimately INTERPRET results in the context of the problem.

Readers examine functional areas of business as data-driven examples, more than 2400 exercises, and 32 cases demonstrate how marketing managers, financial analysts, accountants, and economists use statistical applications. Many exercises feature returns on 40 stocks. Students can download 1100 data sets, online appendixes and Data Analysis Plus from the book’s website.

Features:

Aplia FOR INTRODUCTORY BUSINESS STATISTICS HELPS STUDENTS STAY ON TOP OF COURSEWORK WITH REGULARLY SCHEDULED ASSIGNMENTS. Developed by teachers and used by more than 1,000,000 students, Aplia features interactive assignments that connect concepts to the real world. Auto-assigned, auto-graded homework holds students accountable for the material before they come to class. Immediate, detailed explanations for every answer enhance comprehension of foundational knowledge and statistical concepts. Gradebook Analytics allow you to monitor performance on a student-by-student basis.

EMPHASIS ON IDENTIFICATION AND INTERPRETATION PROVIDES STUDENTS WITH PRACTICAL SKILLS. With this book’s emphasis on applications rather than calculations, your student master and practice skills they can apply to real-world problems, whether you choose to use manual or computer calculations.

STUDENTS HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CONVERT REAL DATA INTO INFORMATION. This book gives you flexibility, with the optional use of computer software, to teach your students how to work with larger data sets and more realistic exercises and examples....

Making Africa Work - A Handbook For Economic Success (Paperback): Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst, Olusegun Obasanjo, Dickie Davis Making Africa Work - A Handbook For Economic Success (Paperback)
Greg Mills, Jeffrey Herbst, Olusegun Obasanjo, Dickie Davis 1
R310 R266 Discovery Miles 2 660 Save R44 (14%) In stock

Sub-Saharan Africa faces three big challenges over the next generation. It will double its population to two billion by 2045. By then more than half of Africans will be living in cities. And this group of mostly young people will be connected through mobile devices.

Properly harnessed and planned for, these are positive forces for change. Without economic growth and jobs, they could prove a political and social catastrophe. Old systems of patronage and muddling through will no longer work.

Making Africa Work is a practical account of how to ensure growth beyond commodities, and to create jobs. It’s a handbook for dynamic leadership inside and outside the continent.

Statistics for Business and Economics (Paperback, 4th edition): Jim Freeman, Eddie Shoesmith, Dennis Sweeney, David Anderson,... Statistics for Business and Economics (Paperback, 4th edition)
Jim Freeman, Eddie Shoesmith, Dennis Sweeney, David Anderson, Thomas Williams 2
R787 R671 Discovery Miles 6 710 Save R116 (15%) In stock

Statistics for Business and Economics provides a clear overview for students across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. This textbook provides students with regional and relevant examples and case studies throughout to give context to the ideas discussed. Statistics for Business and Economics features method and application-based problem sets throughout. Accompanying data files are available on the online platform, available in SPSS, MINITAB and EXCEL formats. Data sets for all case problems as well as data sets for larger exercises are included.

Rogue - The Inside Story Of SARS's Elite Crime-busting Unit (Paperback): Johann van Loggerenberg, Adrian Lackay Rogue - The Inside Story Of SARS's Elite Crime-busting Unit (Paperback)
Johann van Loggerenberg, Adrian Lackay 2
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The story of a ‘rogue unit’ operating within the South African Revenue Service (SARS) became entrenched in the public mind following a succession of sensational reports published by the Sunday Times in 2014. The unit, the reports claimed, had carried out a series of illegal spook operations: they had spied on President Jacob Zuma, run a brothel, illegally bought spyware and entered into unlawful tax settlements.

In a plot of Machiavellian proportions, head of the elite crime-busting unit Johann van Loggerenberg and many of SARS’s top management were forced to resign. Van Loggerenberg’s select team of investigators, with their impeccable track record of busting high-level financial fraudsters and nailing tax criminals, lost not only their careers but also their reputations. Now, in this extraordinary account, they finally get to put the record straight and the rumours to rest: there was no ‘rogue unit’. The public had been deceived, seemingly by powers conspiring to capture SARS for their own ends.

Shooting down the allegations he has faced one by one, Van Loggerenberg tells the story of what really happened inside SARS, revealing details of some of the unit’s actual investigations.

The South African Informal Sector - Providing Jobs, Reducing Poverty (Paperback): Frederick Fourie The South African Informal Sector - Providing Jobs, Reducing Poverty (Paperback)
Frederick Fourie
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Although South Africa’s informal sector is small compared to other developing countries, it nevertheless provides livelihoods, employment and income for millions of workers and business owners. Almost half of informal-sector workers work in firms with employees. The annual entry of new enterprises is quite high, as is the number of informal enterprises that grow their employment. There is no shortage of entrepreneurship and desire to grow.

However, obstacles and constraints cause hardship and failure, pointing to the need for well-designed policies to enable and support the sector, rather than suppress it. The same goes for formalisation. Recognising the informal sector as an integral part of the economy, rather than ignoring it, is a crucial first step towards instituting a ‘smart’ policy approach.

The South African Informal Sector is strongly evidence- and data-driven, with substantial quantitative contributions combined with qualitative findings – suitable for an era of increased pressure for evidence-based policy-making – and utilises several disciplinary perspectives.

State, Governance And Development In Africa (Paperback): Firoz Khan, Greg Ruiters, Euonell Grundling, Zwelinzima Ndevu, Basani... State, Governance And Development In Africa (Paperback)
Firoz Khan, Greg Ruiters, Euonell Grundling, Zwelinzima Ndevu, Basani Baloyi 1
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The inspiration for this book was a Summer School on State, Governance and Development presented by distinguished academics from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London. Written by young African scholars, the chapters here focus on state, governance and development in Africa as seen from the authors’ vantage points and positions in different sectors of society.

The book opens with three forewords by eminent African scholars including Ben Turok, Johan Burger and Mohamed Halfani. The chapters that follow examine rent-seeking, patronage, neopatrimonialism and bad governance. They engage with statehood, state-building and statecraft and challenge the mainstream opinions of donors, funders, development banks, international non-governmental organisations and development organisations. They include the role of China in Africa, Kenya’s changing demographics, state accountability in South Africa’s dominant party system, Somalia’s prospects for state-building, urban development and routine violence, and resource mobilisation.

At a time in which core institutions are being tested -- the market, the rule of law, democracy, civil society and representative democracy – this book offers a much-needed multi- and inter-disciplinary perspective, and a different narrative on what is unfolding, while also exposing dynamics that are often overlooked.

Eskom - Electricity And Technopolitics In South Africa (Paperback): Sylvy Jaglin, Alain Dubresson Eskom - Electricity And Technopolitics In South Africa (Paperback)
Sylvy Jaglin, Alain Dubresson 2
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Africa's leading producer of electricity, Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd, is also a vertically integrated monopoly, owned by the South African state. This national champion was shaken in 2008, when it was obliged to introduce 'load shedding', or rolling blackouts, and again in late 2014. Trying to understand how and why one of the iconic pillars of South African state capitalism is now in distress, the authors of this book argue that the so-called electricity crisis is in fact a public monopoly crisis.

Moving beyond technical aspects, they explore the relationship between state power and Eskom before, during and after apartheid. From this perspective, they suggest that the current technical and financial troubles of this public utility are illustrative of the weakening of its technopolitical regime, of how national institutions have governed Eskom's technological development, and of the pursuit of political goals in the production of electrical power. Without a clear industrial strategy during the 2000s, Eskom became a powerful tool of Broad-Black Economic Empowerment as well as a neopatrimonial system which generates profits captured by the ruling party. As a result, crisis in Eskom shakes the whole political edifice. Inefficient and its finances increasingly under scrutiny, this state-owned enterprise's existence as a monopolistic public utility is regularly a subject of debate.

The authors discuss the ambivalent role of Eskom in the national energy transition policy and whether solutions point in the direction of de-integrating this public monopoly and allowing its current technopolitical regime to enter a planned or natural decline.

South Africa's Economic Crisis (Paperback): Stephen Gelb South Africa's Economic Crisis (Paperback)
Stephen Gelb
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Commissioned by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), the country's largest labour federation, this volume focuses on the steep decline in South Africa's economic performance since the mid-1970s. It argues that this stems from inherent structural problems shaped both by the apartheid system and by the post-war boom of the advanced industrial countries; and shows how the economy has been unable to adapt to the global slowdown since the oil crisis of the early 1970s and the challenges to apartheid of the 1980s.

The volume covers South Africa's international trade and debt problems, the difficulties faced by the mining, manufacturing and agricultural sectors, and the impact of crisis on employment levels, wages and living conditions of black workers.

What the analysis suggests is that political change and sanctions will not alone resolve the crisis - a fundamentally different economic structure will have to be built.

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