South Africa is currently at a tipping point. Unemployment, slow growth, threats to freedom of speech, and poor education can send the country in any direction. In his book, A Time Traveller’s Guide to Our Net Ten Years, Dr Frans Cronje identifies the key trends in the economy, politics and society which hold the clues to our immediate future.
Are the angry poor rising up, seizing land and businesses? Will the ANC survive two more elections? Will the middle classes still braai in suburbia or will we go the way of Zimbabwe? Although living standards have improved since 1994, it is also fuelling ever-increasing expectations by the masses. The “curse of rising expectations” lies at the root of much of the instability in the country.
As the CEO of the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR), Dr Cronje paints convincing futures that are sobering, shocking and hopeful in turn. He uses key trends in our society to outline the four most likely scenarios for the country, which he quite fittingly calls the Narrow Road, the Wide Road, the Rocky Road and the Toll Road.
Join his session of We Read For You, where Dr Cronje will unpack the essence of his book.