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Podcast: Hlumelo Biko and Sue Grant-Marshall Discuss The Great African Society

The Great African SocietySue Grant-Marshall spoke to Hlumelo Biko about The Great African Society: A Plan for a Nation Gone Astray for her show Reading Matters on Radio Today and for a Business Day article.

Grant-Marshall asked Biko about his views on the ANC’s 1994 settlement with the National Party, which he feels was flawed for its pensions payment to the departing government. He says that the development of South Africa was constrained for nine years as a result of this financial deal along with a “conservative fiscal policy”.

While he doesn’t claim to know all the answers, he does try to set out some practical solutions for the issues that the country is facing, including a complete overhaul of the education system.

Hlumelo Biko gets straight to the point about his book with its compelling subtitle: A Plan for a Nation Gone Astray.

The African National Congress (ANC) negotiated a flawed settlement in 1994, he avers, which favoured those leaving power by guaranteeing the pensions of the departing National Party government.

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