South Africa 2024: A New World Dawning?

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Date: Wednesday 5 June 2024

Time: 14:00 - 15:00

Date: Wednesday 05 June | Location: Online Webinar | Time: 14:00 – 15:00 (UTC+1)

The 2024 election was a crucial test for South Africa’s democracy. The ruling ANC got well below 50% of the vote at the national level for the first time and this challenged its hegemonic rule and may lead to true multi-party government. While some excitedly herald the potential offered by this change, others are raising serious concerns about what it could mean for the stability of the economy and the country. Coalitions have a poor record in South African politics at the local level, and weakening ANC power has often been accompanied by violence and instability.

Taking place in the immediate aftermath of the May 29 election, this webinar will analyse:

  • The outcome of the 2024 national and provincial elections
  • What this means for the ANC and South Africa going forward
  • How the election results are likely to impact policy, the economy, and the business environment


Sarah Lockwood is an Assistant Professor in Politics and Development Studies at the University of Cambridge, where she specialises in accountability and development in Southern Africa. She has covered and analysed events in South Africa for over 20 years, first as a Cape Town based journalist, and subsequently as an academic. Her current work is primarily focused on the relationship between the government and civil society, and the ways in which this affects policy development and implementation. She holds: a BA from Columbia University; an MSc from the University of Oxford; and an MA and PhD in from Harvard University. She also has a research affiliation at the Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa at the University of Cape Town, where she co-directs the Political Parties in Africa Project.

Dr Azar Jammine is the Director and Chief Economist of Econometrix (Pty) Ltd which is South Africa's leading independent economic research consultancy and forecasting company. Since 1985, he has established a significant domestic profile as an economic analyst and commentator and has conducted more than 5,000 presentations. Over the years, he has been invited to be an independent non-executive director of six Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed companies. Azar has a: BSc (Hons) in Mathematical Statistics and a BA (Hons) in Economics at the University of the Witwatersrand, followed by an MSc in Economics from the LSE and a PhD at the London Business School.