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On the Brink | Current Affairs & Issues

Claire Bisseker


Few countries in transition have managed to get a grip on their public finances as well as South Africa did after 1994. Now, just more than 20 years later, the nation’s credibility and the democratic project lie in tatters as we teeter on the brink of a political and fiscal cliff. Business confidence and investment have evaporated along with clean, accountable government, causing South Africa to be downgraded to junk status, crushing the country’s growth potential and pushing it towards a debt trap.

How did we land up in this mess, and can we pull back from the brink? 

Claire Bisseker, the award-winning economics editor of the Financial Mail, unpacks the crisis in this accessible and highly readable guide to what makes our economy tick.

  • Foreword by Judge Dennis Davis
  • Chapter on state capture by Financial Mail editor Rob Rose
On the Brink is SA’s tale of the great and speedy unravelling of economic hope. Bisseker provides a fine weave of the forces that brought us here and suggests how we might emerge stronger from this deep donga.’ Trevor Manuel

‘Claire Bisseker’s depth of experience and intimate knowledge of SA’s economy shines through on these pages. Those interested in a better South Africa should read it, and learn.’Greg Mills

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On the Brink | Current Affairs & Issues

Author: Claire Bisseker
Category: Current Affairs & Issues
ISBN: 9780624077800
Date Released: 22 September 2017
Price (incl. VAT): R 280.00
Format: Soft cover, 240pp

About this author

Claire Bisseker

Claire Bisseker is the economics editor of the Financial Mail. She has won the prestigious Sanlam Financial Journalist of the Year Award twice, and the award...