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Failure to win over youth voters could put SA economy at risk

Sharon Wood’s article in Business Maverick explains that political parties and South Africa have a major challenge as voters gear themselves up to go — or not to go — to the polls on Wednesday 8 May. It’s the perception that none of the political parties...

Young South Africans Chafe Under the Party Mandela Built

The Wall Street Journal writes that millions of young black voters born after the end of apartheid have known little but poverty and marginalization following years of ANC governance   A quarter-century after Nelson Mandela became this nation’s first black president, his African National Congress is struggling...

Which party will woo the 2.2 million undecided voters? Here’s what the data says

News24 explains the three key factors that will influence the 2.2 million undecided voters in the upcoming SA Elections 2019, according to the latest South African Citizens Survey (SACS) data. These factors are: (1) Political party and political leader preferences (2) Party alignment with solving priority issues (3) Perceptions...

Over 2 million voters still undecided, say CT-based researchers

Andisiwe Makinana mentions in this TimesLive article that the country’s 2.2 million undecided voters will be swayed by political party and political leader preferences, how those parties plan to solve priority issues, and perceptions on who is to blame for the Eskom crisis. The country’s 2.2 million undecided...

The economics of low voter turnouts

Sharon Wood (Business Maverick) writes about the economics of low voter turnouts and how, according to the 2019 Q1 South African Citizens Survey (SACS) data, South Africans are seemingly disassociating specific leaders from their respective parties. Voter fallout, particularly among youth voters, pose significant political and...

It’s the Unemployment, Stupid

Stephen Grootes’ column in Daily Maverick  explains that South Africa has a depressingly high rate of unemployment, and yet it has hardly featured as an issue in the 2019 election campaigns. This while more than half the country’s young people are unemployed, and probably unemployable,...