Insights from Zimbabwe on how to link formal and
Emerging Market Business

Insights from Zimbabwe on how to link formal and informal economies

In 2003, Thabo Mbeki – then president of South Africa – described South Africa’s economy as being like a two-storey house. The top floor was quite plush, with all the fittings packed neatly together. He referred to this as the modern, diversified economy within South Africa. Below that level, however, was an informal economy where the poor were trapped in poverty, with little or no skills. President Mbeki’s analogy went further: there was no interconnecting staircase between the two floors. In effect, South Africa had two economies and there was no bridge between them.

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Posted on 12 May 2022 by John Luiz
John Luiz - The war in Ukraine and its broader imp
Emerging Market Business

The war in Ukraine and its broader implications for the international green energy transition

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has highlighted the importance of energy politics in international relations and resulted in calls to accelerate the green transition to reduce fossil fuel dependencies. However, the strategic importance of Ukraine's natural resource wealth, particularly as it relates to Europe's energy- and resource-independence in coming decades, is being overlooked both as a potential contributory factor to the war in Ukraine and in terms of its long-term implications.

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Posted on 21 April 2022 by John Luiz
This concern manifests differently in different re
Emerging Market Business

Why inequality persists: How institutions and organizations reproduce inequality

The continued institutional reproduction of inequality is a matter of growing concern in vast parts of the world.

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Posted on 14 April 2022 by John Luiz
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Q&A with John Luiz on the future of globalisation

The extraordinary spread of the Covid-19 virus over the past year has highlighted various vulnerabilities associated with globalisation. We asked the UCT GSB's Prof John Luiz for his views on the future of this model.

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Posted on 25 January 2021 by John Luiz
globalisation- Media

The globalisation of an epidemic and the epidemic of globalisation

COVID-19 respects no borders and has laid bare some of the vulnerabilities of globalisation. Going forward, we need to look more deeply at how to build a world that protects global supply chains more effectively — and the all people that depend upon them.

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Posted on 25 March 2020 by John Luiz
Brexit Crisis Offers Key Lessons Media
Political Economy

Brexit crisis offers key lessons and opportunities for Africa

The lessons of Brexit warn us that unless the benefits of economic integration are understood - are experienced - by the average African citizen, Africa’s Continental Free Trade Area initiative is doomed to failure.

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Posted on 29 May 2019 by John Luiz