Jan Hofmeyr

Jan Hofmeyr heads the Policy and Analysis Program at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJR) in Cape Town. Hofmeyr is one of 246 country experts who worked on the latest edition of the Bertelsmann Stiftung’s Transformation Index, BTI 2016


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The Albatross around the ANC’s Neck

President Zuma. Photo by Linh Do via flickr.com, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ Last summer, President Jacob Zuma was celebrating his narrow success of surviving another no-confidence vote. But while the ANC’s 54th National Elective Conference is approaching, many within the governing party are beginning to count the cost of a leader who lacks the public’s trust. In December […]

Photo: President of South Africa Jacob Zuma

State Capture in South Africa

President Jacob Zuma, by Linh Do via flickr.com, CC BY 2.0, https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/ A recently-released report on State Capture indicates that one family could seemingly succeed in skewing the spending priorities of the government in Pretoria. It’s a crisis induced by weak state institutions and it has enraged many South Africans. South African Public Protector, Thuli […]

People's March Anti Xenophobia Jeppe street, Johannesburg, outside Little Etheopia

South Africa & Brazil: Immigration Hubs Out of Steam

People’s March Anti Xenophobia Jeppe street, Johannesburg, by Dyltong, via commons.wikimedia.org, CC-BY-SA 4.0 In the current tough economic climate in emerging economies, the need for effective migration policies is critical. Retaining home-grown skills and avoiding civil conflict are some of the greatest challenges for countries like South Africa and Brazil. This article is part of […]

Woman protesting against the poor quality of the town’s water supply in Standerton, South Africa © Jan Truter via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

South Africa & Brazil: Haunted by Success

Woman protesting against the poor quality of the town’s water supply in Standerton, South Africa © Jan Truter via Flickr (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) As the emerging markets of Brazil and South Africa struggle, both countries are starting to realize that their development agendas lack a long-term perspective. The new middle classes will bear the greatest costs of […]

Construction works in Ethiopia © Simon Davis/Department for International Development (CC BY 2.0)

Inclusive Development is needed to Sustain “Africa Rising”

Construction works in Ethiopia © Simon Davis/Department for International Development (CC BY 2.0) Against predictions, the past 15 years have seen many African countries on the path towards greater stability, investment and growth. Now the challenge is to ensure that this success filters down to the level of ordinary citizens. For most of the previous […]