Living in South Africa isn’t easy − with crime, unemployment, poverty, racism, state capture, unrest at our universities …
Tempers flare. People take their anger to the streets. As a country we are at a crossroads and the future is uncertain. How do we make sense of what is happening around us, and how can we help build the society we would like? Using the latest research and his years of experience in politics and business, Theuns Eloff asks critical questions:
What does South Africa's balance sheet look like?
Are we already a failed state?
How strong is our democracy really?
What can we, as ordinary South Africans do?
This book gives perspective on burning issues, including education, the rule of law, lack of service delivery, the ailing economy, corruption, cronyism and the predator state. Eloff’s fresh, fact-based analysis tells us how South Africa really works – and how we can all pitch in to make it better.
"A crucial book which opens up a conversation South Africa desperately needs" – Ralph Mathekga
About the author
Theuns Eloff has been a student leader, minister of religion, administrator of constitutional negotiations, president of a national business organisation and university vice-chancellor. He is currently non-executive chairman of two trusts and a listed company, and executive director of the FW de Klerk Foundation.
His involvement in South Africa’s groundbreaking constitutional negotiations in the 1990s, including the Codesa conventions, and in organisations promoting the new South Africa fueled his passion for the country. It also left him uniquely equipped to write about current affairs across a broad spectrum – issues debated by political and business elites at high-profile conferences, but also furiously argued around ordinary South African dinner tables.