The Power of Quiet Encroachment

Event: TEDx Stellenbosch Organiser: TEDx Talks Location: Stellenbosch Date: 14 October 2011

Is long-wave theory useful for anticipating sustainable futures?

Event: Anticipation: Complexity and the Future Organiser: Centre for Studies in Complexity, Stellenbosch University Location: Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch Date: 18 March 2014

Africa’s Urban Future – transdisciplinary research to support incrementalism

Based on an extended interview with myself for the Sustainability Institute’s  Food Revolution video series, this documentary captures my views on African urbanisation, incrementalism and the role of transdisciplinary research in supporting incrementalism.

Betrayal of the Promise: How South Africa is Being Stolen – my talk delivered last week on 27 July at University of Cape Town based on the report by the same name compiled by the State Capacity Research Group – a team of academics from different Universities that I convened to compile this report and conduct more detailed case studies. An eminent group were the panelists who responded to the talk, and the event was hosted by a co-author, Prof Haroon Bhorat.

Interviewed on the Tim Modise show on ENCA on 1 February 2019 – on the Zuma years and beyond

Interviewed on The Fix with Karima Brown and Peter Bruce, 27 January 2019

Age of Sustainability: Just Transitions in a Complex World – talked based on the new book at the Department of Sociology and Social Anthropology, Stellenbosch University, 8th August


SABC Interview on State Capture

My interview on SABC about state capture last week – I incorrectly assumed the questions would be about the economic costs of state capture, which Marianne Merten estimates at R1.5 trillion (see her article at…/2019-03-01-state-capture…/). Merton’s estimates are conservative, in my view. The bottom line is this (and assuming GDP is an adequate measure, which it is’nt): if you benchmark South Africa against other similar economies (SA’s peers) since 2007, then the average growth rate of our peers is higher. The difference between our actual growth rate and this peer average is the value of the ‘nine stolen years’ plus the actual amounts that were stolen (which Merten calculates, but does not factor in the full cost of the looting of Transnet and what Bosasa stole).


Global Renewable Revolution: Dynamics, Projections and Democratic Alternatives

Talk hosted by the Sustainability Institute’s Soil, Soul and Society seminar series on the dynamics and potentials of the global renewable energy revolution, 12 March 2019. This event was used to launch a new initiative – a new edited book reflecting on South Africa’s renewable energy revolution and its potential for leading a just transition.

Towards a Socially Just and Sustainable Economy: Deepening the Dialogue – Co-hosted with Thuli Madonsela

On Monday 18 March I co-hosted this event at the Artscape in Cape Town with Professor Thuli Madonsela (formerly the Public Protector and now the Chair of Social Justice at Stellenbosch University). The plenary speakers included Dr Pali Lehohla (former Statistician-General, head of Statistics South Africa), Dr. Nicky Padayachee from the Presidency, Prof Haroon Bhorat from UCT, Dr. Seeraj Mohamed from the Parliamentary Budget Office and Dr. Miriam Altman from the National Planning Commission. This was followed by parallel sessions on the National Budget and the Economy, Environment and the Economy, Decent Work and Employment and Fostering Inclusive Growth. The plenary presentations were truly extra-ordinary, representing a wide spectrum of economic opinion and perspective. This is the start of a 9 month process of engagement that will culminate in an Economic Policy Brief by December. This, in turn, is part of Thuli’s wider M-Plan strategy aimed at generating a new perspective on South Africa’s future trajectory.

My opening comments:

Keynote address to 4th Global Change Conference, Polokwane, 3 December 2018

My keynote address to the 4th Global Change Conference, with 600 delegates most of whom are students. Minister of Science and Technology opened the conference. I attempted in this talk to address a theme that infuses the new book I am writing, namely how mainstream neo-classical economics contradicts the scientific consensus about climate change, ecosystem services and resource flows, and why we need a shift to non-equilibrium economics. It was very well received. Have a listen.

Sustainable Development and Renewable Energy in Africa: Learning from the REIPPP

Event: Talk presented at Workshop of Southern African Development Finance Institutions Organizer: Development Bank of Southern Africa Location: Midrand Date: 1 October 2015 Download ppt: DBSA1Oct2015

South Africa’s Position at the next Climate Talks (COP in Paris)

Event: Presentation to Parliamentary Hearings, South African Parliament Organizer: Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs Location: Cape Town Date: 22 September 2015

9 structural changes, 6 change drivers, 5 shifts, 2 implications and a trigger: reflections on the state of global change

Event: Talk to Senior Management of Distel (but this was a more detailed version of the 5 minute talk I delivered at the launch of the SI’s Soil, Soul and Society seminar series) Organizer: Distel (wine producing company in Stellenbosch) Location: Stellenbosch, South Africa Date: 28 August 2015 Apologies for poor sound quality – this was recorded from a distance, so many sounds in the room also captured

Towards Sustainable Development in Africa: Why we need transdisciplinary research to reinvent development in a resource and carbon constrained world

Event: Invited lecture at the United Nations University, Tokyo Organiser: University of Tokyo and United Nations University Location: Tokyo Date: 26 June 2015 Powerpoint: TokyoFULLcompressed

Green Urban Infrastructures for the Twenty First Century: What Prospects for a Just Transition?

Event: 8th International Forum for Urbanism Organizer: International Forum for Urbanism Location: Songdo, South Korea Date: 21 June 2015 Powerpoint: seoul

Economic Crisis, Long Waves and the Sustainability Transition: An African Perspective

Event: Talk delivered at the XII INTERNATIONAL COLLOQUIUM: Visions of Sustainable Development: Theory and Action Organizer: University of Florida, University of Brasillia and World Academy of Art and Science Location: Gainesville, Florida Date: 20-22 May, 2015

Facing Africa’s Urban Transition

Event: Africa Green Growth Forum Organizer: Global Green Growth Forum Location: Nairobi, Kenya Date: 13 May 2015

Greening African Economies: reflections on an emerging contested discourse

Event: Conference of African Ministers of Finance and Economics Organizer: African Union and United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Location: Abuja, Nigeria Date: 28 March 2014D Download: AbujaFinal