The Chamber was delighted to host renowned socio-political analyst and academic Dr Jonny Steinberg on Wednesday 28 May at Standard Bank. An Associate Professor of African Studies and Criminology at Oxford University, Dr Steinberg is well placed to assess the current state of governance in South Africa.

Jonny has twice been the recipient of South Africa’s premier non-fiction prize, the Sunday Times Alan Paton Award, and was an inaugural winner of the Windham-Campbell Prize for Literature awarded by Yale University. He is the author of several books about everyday life in the wake of South Africa’s transition to democracy, including Midlands, about the murder of a white farmer, The Number, a biography of a prison gangster, and Three-Letter Plague, a young man’s journey through the AIDS pandemic.

His address to Chamber members, “Making Sense of the May Elections: The Future of Governance and Politics in South Africa” provided a number of insights into the recent national election in South Africa on 7 May. Dr Steinberg highlighted both the opportunities and challenges the country now faces after celebrating 20 years of democracy, providing insights into the current dynamic between political parties.

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