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Episode 214 | Mills Soko | South Africa and the World

Episode 214 | Mills Soko | South Africa and the World

In this episode, Mills and I have a frank and open chat about South Africa and where we are heading or where we could be heading.
At the core of the dismal state of the current world order is the failure of global governance … the seismic global economic...


In this episode, Mills and I have a frank and open chat about South Africa and where we are heading or where we could be heading.

At the core of the dismal state of the current world order is the failure of global governance … the seismic global economic power shift – from industrialised to emerging economies … is taking place within the context of a glaring leadership vacuum.’ – Mills Soko.

Over the past 20 years, the global political economy has experienced its most profound shifts since the industrial revolution. In South Africa and the World, Mills Soko reflects on some of the salient issues that have pervaded public discourse during this time, analysing them within the context of the contemporary South African political economy and the country’s position in the world.

Arranged thematically, the essays were all written during a defining period in recent history, a period that has witnessed, among others, the accession of China to the WTO, the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the US, the invention of the iPad, the birth of Facebook, the 2008/9 global financial crisis, Brexit and the global coronavirus pandemic which began at the end of 2019.

The turbulent multipolar world demands visionary political and economic leadership, supported by institutions well attuned to contemporary conditions. Such leadership is in short supply. Nor is the existing institutional architecture sufficiently equipped to deal with a complex array of economic, social, environmental, technological and demographic challenges.

Mills Soko highlights what has not worked in politics, leadership, foreign policy, the economy, the African development trajectory, corporate ethics, international trade, global governance, and the thread which underlies all these issues – the importance of strong, decisive and accountable leadership. He counters his criticism with what has worked and offers views on how some of the problems that have constrained progress in South Africa and the world can be solved.

A central message emerges from his writings: leadership and governance matter, whether in the national or international context. It is a message that permeates all the chapters in the book. And it goes to the heart of what South Africa has gone through over the past two decades and where it is today. 

 

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Mills Soko

MILLS SOKO is Professor of International Business and
Strategy at Wits Business School. He is an ardent writer on
local and global issues.
He is a Fin24 columnist and also writes regularly for local
newspapers including Business Day, Daily Maverick, Sunday
Times, Business Times, Financial Mail and The Conversation
Africa.
Mills is a frequent guest on current affairs programmes on
radio and television, including SAfm Sunrise (SABC), African
Dialogue (SABC Channel Africa), Power Breakfast (Power FM),
#Africa (eNCA), The Pulse (Newzroom Afrika), and Weekend
Breakfast (CapeTalk).