Indexing Transformation seminar: ‘Fate of the Nation – 3 Scenarios for South Africa’s Future’.

Please join us for our forthcoming Indexing Transformation Seminar.

Please note that the event is being co-hosted in collaboration with the English department and the venue is the The Yellow Molteno Room (579) in the Department of English on the 5th floor of the Arts and Social Sciences Building.

Jakkie Cilliers (Chairperson of the Board & Head of African Futures & Innovation at the  Institute for Security Studies in Pretoria) will be interviewed by Professor Lindy Heinecken (Professor of Industrial, Political and Military Sociology at Stellenbosch University) on his recently published book titled:

‘Fate of the Nation – 3 Scenarios for South Africa’s Future.



This groundbreaking book explores the future of South Africa by testing possible scenarios. Author Jakkie Cilliers argues that much will depend on the state of leadership in the African National Congress and the party’s national conference in December 2017. The winner of the struggle between what he deems “traditionalists” and “reformers” will have definitive consequences on the leadership of a country currently plagued by uncertainty and underperformance.

Fate of the Nation presents the impact of each scenario in terms of economics, crime/social unrest and impact upon South Africa’s international standing to 2034. It includes probable election outcomes for each of the three major parties to 2029. A concluding chapter presents a comprehensive set of recommendations that place employment creation at the center of pro-growth policies.


Jakkie Cilliers is a well-known political and Africa analyst and commentator. He was the executive director of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) for many years and currently serves as chairman of the board of trustees. He also serves on the International Advisory Board of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy, in Switzerland, on the board of advisers of the Centre on International Conflict Resolution, Columbia University, New York, and on the World Economic Forum’s Think Tank Leaders Forum. Cilliers has written and published several dozen books, monographs and papers.  He is an Extraordinary Professor at the Centre of Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences at the University of Pretoria. His current interests relate to issues around South Africa and Africa’s long-term future.

Thursday, 19th of October 2017
1pm – 2pm (Questions and answers until about 2.30pm)
The Yellow Molteno Room (579) in the Department of English

Arts and Sciences Building