South Africa is at a tipping point, and small shifts in political and economic conditions can cause dramatic changes, according to Dr Frans Cronje, CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations (SAIRR).
Speaking about his book A Time Traveller’s Guide to Our Next Ten Years at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), Dr Cronje identified key trends in the economy, politics and society which hold the clues to the country’s immediate future.
“Unemployment, slow growth, threats to freedom of speech and poor education can send South Africa in a downward spiral,” said Dr Cronje when he addressed the audience on Wednesday, 23 July 2014
He pondered which key trends in the society, which he calls the Narrow Road, the Wide Road, the Rocky Road and the Toll Road, South Africa will follow, but suspects it to be the rocky road into which the economy will slip.
The talk was hosted by the University’s Department of Public Management and Governance, in partnership with the Library and Information Centre.