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Susan Booysen: State of the Nation Address Does Not Generate Excitement

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerSusan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power, says President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speeches all sound the same.

In an interview with The Times, Booysen says Zuma is under pressure to show more convincing leadership abilities as he goes into his second term as president.

Political analyst and professor Susan Booysen said time was running out for Zuma, in his second term as president, and he now needed to show leadership.

All of the State of the Nation speeches delivered by Zuma had sounded the same, she said.

“There is very little excitement that we have come to associate with the State of the Nation statements. I have never walked away with a sense that this is a government in charge. I never felt assured that Zuma was completely in charge,” said Booysen.

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Susan Booysen Takes a Look at the ANC’s Forthcoming Cabinet Appointments

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerSusan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power and professor at Wits University’s School of Governance, has written about the ANC’s forthcoming cabinet appointments in an article for The Sunday Independent.

“Months of speculation and underhanded campaigns, along with planted information about candidates and their opponents, at this stage cloud rather than illuminate the question of who will govern in the cabinet and the premierships,” Booysen writes.

The night of the long knives is looming. It is the time for the anointment of top ANC stalwarts to President Jacob Zuma’s 2014 cabinet. The only certainty is that the president’s “appointment rules” are indeterminate. It is a strategic game, and the president rules.

The ANC’s top officials advise and propose. ANC provincial executive committees submit proposals for premierships.

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Susan Booysen Doubts the Success of the “Spoil Your Ballot” Campaign

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerMarxisms in the 21st CenturySusan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power, does not foresee success for the Vukani Sidikiwe campaign during the 2014 General Elections.

Vukani Sidikiwe, which means “wake up, we are fed up” in isiXhosa, was initiated by Ronnie Kasrils, former Communist Party leader, Vishwas Satgar, co-editor of Marxisms in the 21st Century, and former deputy health and defence minister Nozizwe Madlala-Routledge, who are encouraging voters to spoil their ballots instead of voting for the ANC, or any other party, in order to make their displeasure in the government known.

In an article for IOL earlier this year, Booysen wrote that the ANC urgently needs to “turnaround” its top leadership, but added : “loyalty to the ANC is something that is substantially bigger than the inefficiencies and corruption of some of its current leaders”.

South Africans with an ANC association see the party as akin to a permanent home, and they are the collective owners. The current regime and leaders are temporary residents in this bigger vessel.

The ANC leaders who know about the current popular disdain for the party’s top leadership must also know that it is longer-term suicide to run with top leaders who damage the body of the ANC, even if not obliterating the party’s next election victory.

Speaking to The Telegraph recently, Booysen reiterated her stance:

Susan Booysen, senior political scientist at the University of the Witwatersrand said: “The ANC is planted in a place nobody envisioned 20 years ago.

“I cannot see many ANC voters supporting the Sidikiwe campaign. They will still vote for the ANC in the elections and hope that the current leadership does not represent the totality of the ANC.”

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Gwinyayi A Dzinesa Discusses the Future of the Mozambican National Resistance Movement

Region-building in Southern Africa Gwinyayi A Dzinesa, co-editor of Region-building in Southern Africa, has written an article for the Institute for Security Studies’ Policy Brief with Dimpho Motsamai.

The article, titled “Renamo’s war talk and Mozambique’s peace prospects”, looks at the Mozambican National Resistance Movement (Renamo), its ability to wage war and its long-term future in the country.

Growing political tensions in Mozambique intensified in October 2013 when Mozambican government forces attacked the base of the Mozambican National Resistance Movement’s (Renamo) long-time leader Afonso Dhlakama. In reaction Renamo declared an end to the General Peace Agreement (GPA) which it had concluded with the Liberation Front of Mozambique (Frelimo) on October 4th 1992. The deteriorating relationship between the country’s two main political forces has raised fears that Mozambique may return to civil war. Nonetheless, the country held largely peaceful municipal polls on 20 November 2013, which Renamo boycotted. This boycott ensured that many of the ruling party’s seats went unchallenged and has further alienated the party from local politics. As a result, Renamo’s political future hangs in the balance, particularly in light of Mozambique’s next general elections scheduled for October 2014 in which the party’s participation remains uncertain. This policy brief analyses Renamo’s capacity to wage war and the Mozambican government’s ability to contain insecurity. It also assesses the long-term political future of Renamo.

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Dawn Nagar Calls for More Intra-country Trade in Africa

Region-building in Southern Africa Dawn Nagar, co-editor of Region-building in Southern Africa, has written about the need for more intra-country trade in Africa, in an article for the Cape Times, which has been republished on the Centre for Conflict Resolution’s site.

Nagar also discusses the challenges that have arisen from the “tripartite grouping of the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).”

Africa remains the world’s only region where intra-country trade is a paltry 10 percent. As part of efforts to integrate the continent’s national economics, the African Union (AU) recently brought together nearly 400 policymakers, economists, and business people with the object of establishing a continental free trade area by 2023.

Africa’s present economic anchor is the tripartite grouping of the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (Comesa), and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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Dawn Nagar Discusses the Issue of South Africa Prioritising Domestic Concerns Over Regional and Global Ones

Region-building in Southern Africa Dawn Nagar, co-editor of Region-building in Southern Africa: Progress, problems and prospects, wrote an article for The Sunday Independent, which was republished by the Centre for Conflict Resolution, on South Africa boosting economic growth through an increased investment in infrastructure and an increase in trade.

Nagar writes that “the extent to which South Africa should prioritise domestic concerns over regional and global ones in pursuit of these goals remains unclear”.

The idea of boosting economic growth through increasing trade and investing in infrastructure is clearly articulated in the National Development Plan (NDP) of 2011. However, although Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan expanded on this in his budget speech to Parliament three months ago, the extent to which South Africa should prioritise domestic concerns over regional and global ones in pursuit of these goals remains unclear.

Pretoria believes that successful economic integration in Southern Africa and the continent as a whole depends on solid infrastructure, particularly good roads, workable railway lines, efficient border posts, and well-co-ordinated customs unions. South Africa’s infrastructure is well established but more still needs to be done to integrate it within the Southern African region. For example, a lack of co-ordination among national rail systems leads to serious delays and freight often being diverted from rail to roads.

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Video: Susan Booysen Reflects on South Africa’s Political Sex Scandals

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerIn light of the recent case against the now suspended Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, in which he admitted to having an affair with an employee, political analyst Susan Booysen was on eNCA discussing political sex scandals with Dan Moyane.

Several high-profile South Africans have also made headlines when their deep secrets have been aired in public.There are a number of politicians who have found themselves in compromising positions. Some have survived the scandals, but others have not.

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Celebrate Africa Day with a Discussion of Books on Peacebuilding, Region-building and the EU and Africa

Peacebuilding, Power and Politics in AfricaRegion-building in Southern Africa The EU and AfricaAs part of Africa Day celebrations at Wits University, Wits University Press, Centre for Africa’s International Relations and Wits International Relations Department invite you to a launch and discussion of three recently published books dealing with questions of peace, security and development in Africa.

The books that will be launched are Peacebuilding, Power and Politics in Africa by Gwinyayi A Dzinesa and edited by Devon Curtis, Region-building in Southern Africa : Progress, problems and prospects edited by Chris Saunders, Gwinyayi A Dzinesa and Dawn Nagar as well as The EU and Africa: From Eurafrique to Afro-Europa edited by Adekeye Adebajo and Kaye Whiteman.

A panel of African scholars will discuss these books from the prism of South Africa’s current engagement in African conflicts, Africa’s relations with Europe, and the celebrations surrounding the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Organization of African Unity (OAU), the predecessor of the African Union (AU).

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Susan Booysen Comments on the ANC’s 101st Anniversary

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerAhead of the ANC’s 101st anniversary celebrations, that were held this past weekend, Rochelle de Kock of The Times spoke to Susan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power, who rightly predicted that there would be no “dramatic announcements and initiatives” as she feels the ANC is “trying to show that Zuma is the ultimate leader and that all the policies are working”.

ANC president Jacob Zuma’s address to mark the party’s 101st anniversary at the weekend is expected to be a regurgitation of his speeches over the past year with no ground-breaking announcements, political analysts say.

The ANC’s 100th birthday, the party’s achievements, social inequalities, education and factionalism within the party will feature prominently. He is likely to talk about the national development plan, developed during his first term as president of the country.

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Mangaung Video: Susan Booysen Talks About The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power

The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political PowerSusan Booysen, author of The African National Congress and the Regeneration of Political Power, spoke to the SABC’s Morning Live about her book during the recent ANC national conference in Mangaung.

Booysen told host Vuyo Mbuli that the ANC is still struggling with many of the compromises it’s had to make during its transition from liberation movement to governing party.

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