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AFTER DAWN, Hope after State Capture

An analysis of the crisis at the heart of our current system. 

In October 2015, the Gupta brothers offered Mcebisi Jonas the position of minister of finance in exchange for R600 million. Then deputy minister of finance, Jonas turned down the bribe and a period of deep introspection followed for him. What would be the future of South Africa, democracy and the economy, and how did we reach this point?

In After Dawn, Mcebisi Jonas analyses the crisis at the heart of our current system, placing politics at the centre of policymaking and implementation at the expense of growth. In this important and authoritative book, Jonas first unpacks and analyses the current badlands of the South African economic and political landscape. In the second half, Jonas proposes a series of workable and practical solutions for transitioning South Africa into a vibrant and job-creating country.

Action points include:

  • Putting jobs at the centre of economic policy;
  • Rapidly expanding new technological capacities and knowledge to transition to a twenty-first-century economy;
  • Expanding human capabilities at scale;
  • Developing new sets of trade-offs and measures to accelerate economic inclusion;
  • Nurturing a corruption-free, high-performance state built on meritocracy and innovation; and
  • Changing the nature of politics.

Time is of the essence and the window of opportunity is narrowing for all South Africans to work together towards achieving the South Africa we all imagined, and that was fought for in 1994.


Mcebisi Jonas is the former deputy finance minister of South Africa, a position he held from 2014 until 2016, in addition to being a member of the National Assembly of South Africa. Jonas was born in Uitenhage in the Eastern Cape. He has been politically active since the age of 14, including in the United Democratic Front and the African National Congress. After returning to South Africa from exile in the 1990s, Jonas served in the provincial Eastern Cape structures before being appointed to the National Treasury.

Songezo Zibi, Head of Communication and Corporate Relations: Absa Group Limited

Professor Nicola Kleyn, Dean, GIBS

Bishop Malusi Mpumlwana, SACC General Secretary 

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