Vusi Gumede Academy & Research is an intellectual project and professional network where individuals can discuss analytical questions, issues and exchange different views and perspectives.
Prof. Vusi Gumede in brief
Professor Vusi Gumede, a former Associate Professor at the University of Johannesburg and a former Chief Policy Analyst in the Thabo Mbeki administration, is Professor at the University of South Africa. He was also Director of the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute (2013-2018).
He has published 2 books on the political economy of South Africa – the first was published by CODESRIA Press in 2015 and the second one was published by CAMBRIA Press in 2016 – and he is finalizing a third one.
He has also edited seven books on the political economy of development in Africa and published numerous journal papers, book chapters and essays. He is Editor-in-Chief of Africa Insight and Africanus as well as having guest edited various special issues (including Africa Development). His postgraduate training is in policy studies and economics – he holds a PhD in Economics...
Accelerate land reform.
City Press Opinion Article
29 May 2019
Now that we have voted, we can think better about the land question. Sober thoughts are critical in resolving the land and agrarian questions for South Africa. It is clear from the election results that the issue of land played an important role in voting: the Economic Freedom Fighters got substantial votes, the Democratic Alliance lost votes and the Freedom Front Plus gained traction.
Getting the economy right.
As we commemorate yet another Africa day, I want to take the opportunity to reflect on the African economy or economies in Africa. To start with, it is clear that part of the reason why development has not been good in Africa is that economies in Africa are constrained by the colonial character of the African economy. The encounter with slavery, colonialism and imperialism negatively impacted the African economy or economies in Africa in many ways.
Policy thinking needed as much as policy coordination
TK Pooe & Vusi Gumede
There is no doubt that policy coordination has been weak. Policy thinking too has been found wanting. This challenge was very glaring in the Zuma administration. It is clear, at least judging by President Cyril Ramaphosa’s June 2019 State of the Nation Address (SoNA), that it is not only policy coordination that must be improved but also more critically policy thinking is urgently needed.