The May 2014 elections have come and gone. The ANC, as expected, has won a resounding victory while the Democratic Alliance continues to grow at a steady rate.

But there are significant new developments: the arrival of the Economic Freedom Fighters, led by the firebrand Julius Malema, has brought about a shake-up of Parliament. Is this a game changer as Malema continues to call for nationalisation of mines and banks and expropriation of land without compensation?

How about economic policy? SA’s GDP grew by a mere 1.9% in 2013 and economists are sceptical about a better figure in 2014 after a 0.6% contraction in the first quarter. Will the NDP be implemented? Will this blueprint turn SA Inc’s fortunes around?

And leadership? Will President Zuma – beset by court challenges, scandals and ailing health – see out his full five-year term? And who succeeds him – the billionaire businessman Cyril Ramaphosa or the AU Commission chairperson Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma?

Will labour strikes intensify as happened in the platinum belt? Will Cosatu split in two?

What is the bigger political picture? How does all the noise affect business?

Justice Malala takes his audience on a journey through the South African political landscape as it unfolds. In a humorous and informative talk, Malala makes a point of differentiating what really matters about the South African story and what is just noise. He points out that the SA story is different from the Zimbabwe story in many crucial ways: for example, Zimbabwe has had one president in 30 years, South Africa has had four in 20 years.

Politics has an immense impact on business, says Malala. He tries to draw the thread between politics and its impact on our everyday business lives. He points out policy issues that may have an impact on business in the future.

Without glossing over the realities, Malala gives businesspeople and general audiences a true picture of where South Africa is headed politically while leaving them with an uplifting message about the great possibilities for South Africa, as demonstrated by the success of the 1994 elections, the mounting of the 2010 Soccer World Cup and SA’s centrality to the realisation of the Africa Rising story.

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