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How South Africa Works


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Jeffrey Herbst is the 16th President of Colgate University, a leading liberal arts college in the United States, and has written extensively on political and international affairs. His primary research interests are in the politics of sub- Saharan Africa, the politics of political and economic reform and the politics of boundaries. Greg Mills is director of the Johannesburg-based Brenthurst Foundation. He is widely published on international affairs, development and security, an adviser to African governments, and the author of the best-selling books Why Africa is Poor: And What Africans Can Do About It (2010) and Why States Recover: Changing Walking Societies into Winning Nations, from Afghani--stan to Zimbabwe (2014).


Whatever our ideological departure points, 'How South Africa Works' illuminates the importance of debate in growing our economy and achieving radical socio-economic transformation. -- Jessie Duarte
Are the economic imperatives for employment and growth reconcilable with those for transformation and redress? What are the tough choices confronting a developing economy to lift itself out of poverty into a globally competitive player? Read more from Herbst and Mills to find out the answers. -- Sipho Pityana, Chairperson, AngloGold Ashanti
South Africa 20 years after transition is a complex and multidimensional country. Competing alliances and juxtapositions have changed the dynamics of the 'new South Africa'. 'How South Africa Works' helps to understand the evolving paradigm and provides potential solutions. It is a welcome and unemotional addition to the debate -- a worthwhile read! -- Gareth Ackerman, Chairperson, Pick n Pay
As we enter the third decade of our democracy, the disjuncture between South Africa's potential and its performance has never been as stark. 'How South Africa Works' is an urgent call to all South African leaders to revisit yesterday's assumptions and to abandon the politics, policies and practices that are stifling growth and with it, for millions, the hope of a better tomorrow. -- Mark Lamberti, Group CEO, Imperial Holdings Limited
South Africa is a complicated place. Held back by its history, it is challenged to break out of a motionless present to build a brighter future for the generation still to be born. This is an enormous task that all South Africans must debate and embrace. 'How South Africa Works' is a courageous and timely contribution to that debate and needed course of action. -- Moe Shaik, Development Bank of South Africa
The great strength of this book is that the analysis is supported by a wealth of in-depth interviews: Herbst and Mills illustrate how South Africa could work so much better if its considerable human potential were to be liberated by economic reform. -- Mike Spicer, Wesgro
Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills present intriguing findings about how South African businesses are squaring up to local and global challenges, putting a vivid, human face to South African entrepreneurship. Their proposals provoke much-needed debate on how to improve South Africa's economic performance. -- Kenneth Creamer, economist, University of the Witwatersrand
Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills have written an exceptionally timely book. Notwithstanding the country's significant political and economic advances, high rates of unemployment threaten those gains and, indeed, the freshly woven social fabric of the 'Rainbow Nation' itself. The volume meticulously examines this crisis and thoughtfully engages virtually everyone in a position to either contribute to its resolution, or obstruct that progress. Even those who will find themselves disagreeing with the remedies prescribed in How South Africa Works will nevertheless need to grapple with the comprehensive case made by the authors. -- J. Peter Pham, Director, Africa Center, Atlantic Council, and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of the Middle East and Africa
A brilliant book that lays out the problems and solutions for the South African economy with clarity. -- Ray Hartley, Editor, Rand Daily Mail
Jeffrey Herbst and Greg Mills succinctly argue in 'How South Africa Works' that economic decline is not inevitable and that South Africa can compete on the world stage. This book is a must-read for those concerned about South Africa's economic future and how it may develop. -- Alex Vines OBE, Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House, London

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