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South Africa’s Political Economy Under New Leadership

9 April 2018 - 10:30am to 11:30am

Chatham House, London


Simon Freemantle, Senior Political Economist, Standard Bank Research
Chair: Dr Alex Vines OBE, Research Director, Area Studies and International Law; Head, Africa Programme, Chatham House



Presidential transition in South Africa has boosted business confidence and increased investor interest in the country. President Cyril Ramaphosa needs to deliver on promises of economic recovery and good governance ahead of next year’s election, but factionalism and corruption persist within the ruling ANC, and opposition parties are capitalizing on the growing gap between voters expectations and government delivery.

At this roundtable Simon Freemantle, senior political economist at Standard Bank Research, will discuss South Africa’s current political economic context, prospects ahead and investor expectations of the new administration.

Attendance at this event is by invitation only. 

The Chatham House Rule

To enable as open a debate as possible, this event will be held under the Chatham House Rule.