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Ray Hartley

Ray Hartley

Research Director, The Brenthurst Foundation

South AfricaSouth Africa


Ray Hartley is the Research Director of the Brenthurst Foundation. Ray has a postgraduate honours degree from Rhodes University where he studied African politics and journalism.

Ray was an anti-apartheid activist in the United Democratic Front while serving on the executive of the National Union of South African Students. He later worked for the Human Awareness Programme, an NGO which provided training and advice to activists. He then worked as an administrator in the Codesa constitutional negotiations that ended apartheid. After a stint as the boxing correspondent of the then Weekly Mail, he joined Business Day and then the Sunday Times. He covered the Nelson Mandela presidency, travelling the world with him and witnessing the birth of the new, democratic South Africa.

He has edited several prominent South African newspapers and online publications, including the Sunday Times, The Times, Rand Daily Mail and BusinessLIVE.

Ray is the author of Ragged Glory: The rainbow nation in black and white, which tells the story of the first two turbulent decades of democracy in South Africa. He wrote The Big Fix: How South Africa stole the 2010 World Cup and more recently _Ramaphosa: The Man Who Would be King. Ray also authored chapters in Better Choices and In The Name of the People


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Content by Ray Hartley

Dr Jackal, Mr Hyena and the two faces of ANC politics

NEWS

Dr Jackal, Mr Hyena and the two faces of ANC politics

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

29 Nov 2022

South Africans Overwhelmingly Favour a National Coalition to Govern the Country – Electoral Survey

NEWS

South Africans Overwhelmingly Favour a National Coalition to Govern the Country – Electoral Survey

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

23 Nov 2022

Brenthurst Survey Shows Vast Majority of South Africans Condemn Russia

NEWS

Brenthurst Survey Shows Vast Majority of South Africans Condemn Russia

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

21 Nov 2022

Defence Minister Thandi Modise’s Dangerous Dance with Putin

NEWS

Defence Minister Thandi Modise’s Dangerous Dance with Putin

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

31 Oct 2022

How Populism is Rewiring the World - In the Name of the People Virtual Book Launch

EVENTS

How Populism is Rewiring the World - In the Name of the People Virtual Book Launch

with Ray Hartley, Tendai Biti

Where to Next?: Inside Lesotho's 2022 Election

VIDEOS

Where to Next?: Inside Lesotho's 2022 Election

Greg Mills, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Ray Hartley, Richard Morrow

25 Oct 2022

Ramaphosa's Weak Government Dangerously out of Touch with Africa

NEWS

Ramaphosa's Weak Government Dangerously out of Touch with Africa

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

14 Oct 2022

In the Name of the People: How Populism is Rewiring the World

BOOKS

In the Name of the People: How Populism is Rewiring the World

Christopher Clapham, Greg Mills, Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, Lyal White, Ray Hartley, Tendai Biti

Dirco and the Ukraine War — The Department of Whataboutism

NEWS

Dirco and the Ukraine War — The Department of Whataboutism

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

6 Oct 2022

The Grim Prospect of the EFF Governing SA Looms

NEWS

The Grim Prospect of the EFF Governing SA Looms

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

4 Oct 2022

Memories of Mother, Mandela and the Queen

NEWS

Memories of Mother, Mandela and the Queen

Ray Hartley

14 Sep 2022

Ethical Leadership in Conflict

EVENTS

Ethical Leadership in Conflict

with Ray Hartley

The World has Changed, but South Africa's Foreign Policy has Failed to Change With it

NEWS

The World has Changed, but South Africa's Foreign Policy has Failed to Change With it

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

8 Sep 2022

Lessons from Kenya's Knife-Edge Presidential Election

NEWS

Lessons from Kenya's Knife-Edge Presidential Election

Greg Mills, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Ray Hartley

6 Sep 2022

Better Choices: Ensuring South Africa's Future

BOOKS

Better Choices: Ensuring South Africa's Future

Greg Mills, Mcebisi Jonas, Ray Hartley

Flying Circus — Thandi Modise's Shocking Trip to Russian Security Conference

NEWS

Flying Circus — Thandi Modise's Shocking Trip to Russian Security Conference

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

15 Aug 2022

South Africa's favouritism towards autocratic nations poisons its recipe for democracy

NEWS

South Africa's favouritism towards autocratic nations poisons its recipe for democracy

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

8 Aug 2022

In the Darkness of Rolling Blackouts, Ramaphosa's Fate is Being Decided

NEWS

In the Darkness of Rolling Blackouts, Ramaphosa's Fate is Being Decided

Ray Hartley

22 Jul 2022

South Africa and the Russian Federation — Pause Before Engaging

NEWS

South Africa and the Russian Federation — Pause Before Engaging

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

14 Jul 2022

Somaliland: How to Get onto the Right Side of History

VIDEOS

Somaliland: How to Get onto the Right Side of History

Bobi Wine, Greg Mills, John Steenhuisen, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Ray Hartley, Richard Harper, Richard Morrow, Tendai Biti

29 Jun 2022

Better Choices: Can South Africa Avoid the Perfect and Potentially Violent Gathering Storm?

NEWS

Better Choices: Can South Africa Avoid the Perfect and Potentially Violent Gathering Storm?

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

26 May 2022

The War in Ukraine and Food Security in Africa and the Middle East

VIDEOS

The War in Ukraine and Food Security in Africa and the Middle East

Ray Hartley

27 Apr 2022

On Russia and Ukraine, the Opposition, not the ANC, Speaks for SA

NEWS

On Russia and Ukraine, the Opposition, not the ANC, Speaks for SA

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

23 Mar 2022

Et tu Cyril? Your Russian Petticoat Has Been Exposed

NEWS

Et tu Cyril? Your Russian Petticoat Has Been Exposed

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

18 Mar 2022

Cries of Pain and Anguish — Why the ANC is on the Wrong Side of History over Ukraine

NEWS

Cries of Pain and Anguish — Why the ANC is on the Wrong Side of History over Ukraine

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

7 Mar 2022

South Africa Cannot Pivot to Prosperity Without Truly Brave Leaders

NEWS

South Africa Cannot Pivot to Prosperity Without Truly Brave Leaders

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

17 Jan 2022

Apartheid-Era's Last President, FW de Klerk, Was a Man at War With His History

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Apartheid-Era's Last President, FW de Klerk, Was a Man at War With His History

Ray Hartley

12 Nov 2021

Ramaphosa's Choice: Lead or Be Led

NEWS

Ramaphosa's Choice: Lead or Be Led

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

1 Nov 2021

Morocco's Essaouira: The Tolerant City Where Things Have Always Been Done Differently

NEWS

Morocco's Essaouira: The Tolerant City Where Things Have Always Been Done Differently

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

22 Oct 2021

Newzroom Afrika Interview with Ray Hartley

VIDEOS

Newzroom Afrika Interview with Ray Hartley

Ray Hartley

1 Sep 2021

Three Things President Ramaphosa Can Do Now to Kickstart a New Trajectory Scenario

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Three Things President Ramaphosa Can Do Now to Kickstart a New Trajectory Scenario

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

10 Aug 2021

A Special Economic Zone Masterplan for Gauteng

PUBLICATIONS

A Special Economic Zone Masterplan for Gauteng

Ray Hartley, Richard Morrow

5 Aug 2021

After the Looting: A Snap Survey Reveals What South Africans Think — And Fear

NEWS

After the Looting: A Snap Survey Reveals What South Africans Think — And Fear

Greg Mills, Henry Sands, Ray Hartley

2 Aug 2021

The Asian Roundabout: Afghanistan After the West's Withdrawal

VIDEOS

The Asian Roundabout: Afghanistan After the West's Withdrawal

Greg Mills, Johnny Clegg, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ray Hartley, Richard Harper, Robin Auld

26 Jul 2021

It's Time for the Law-Abiding Middle to Take Ownership of South Africa

NEWS

It's Time for the Law-Abiding Middle to Take Ownership of South Africa

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

16 Jul 2021

Ramaphosa Holds Our Future in His Hands, but Can He Do the Right Thing?

NEWS

Ramaphosa Holds Our Future in His Hands, but Can He Do the Right Thing?

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

14 Jul 2021

Can Eskom Perform the Power Pivot?

PUBLICATIONS

Can Eskom Perform the Power Pivot?

Ray Hartley

22 Jun 2021

Ramaphosa Needs to Move from Tinkering to Reforming

NEWS

Ramaphosa Needs to Move from Tinkering to Reforming

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

9 May 2021

South Africa's Vaccine Roll-Out Failings Expose the Hollowing Out of the State

NEWS

South Africa's Vaccine Roll-Out Failings Expose the Hollowing Out of the State

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

9 Apr 2021

GAP: A Pandemic, Post State Capture Budget: Has Tito Delivered?

EVENTS

GAP: A Pandemic, Post State Capture Budget: Has Tito Delivered?

with Ray Hartley

A Pandemic, Post-State Capture Budget: Has Tito Delivered?

EVENTS

A Pandemic, Post-State Capture Budget: Has Tito Delivered?

with Ray Hartley

South Africa and Democracy in Africa - A webinar in partnership with RUSI

EVENTS

South Africa and Democracy in Africa - A webinar in partnership with RUSI

with Ray Hartley

Outplaying the populists: A playbook for competitive African politics

NEWS

Outplaying the populists: A playbook for competitive African politics

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

16 Feb 2021

Dealing with Zuma: It's a choice between a political and constitutional crisis

NEWS

Dealing with Zuma: It's a choice between a political and constitutional crisis

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

2 Feb 2021

GAP: Efficiency of Fiscal Spending, Political Economy of Reform

EVENTS

GAP: Efficiency of Fiscal Spending, Political Economy of Reform

with Ray Hartley

Debt and Taxes: What Does South Africa's Future Hold? A Webinar Series

EVENTS

Debt and Taxes: What Does South Africa's Future Hold? A Webinar Series

with Ray Hartley

GAP: Revenue management: What Is To Be Done?

EVENTS

GAP: Revenue management: What Is To Be Done?

with Ray Hartley

Uganda: Keeping a Democratic Dream — and a Candidate — Alive

NEWS

Uganda: Keeping a Democratic Dream — and a Candidate — Alive

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

16 Jan 2021

GAP: Our Fiscal Consolidation Path: Is it Feasible?

EVENTS

GAP: Our Fiscal Consolidation Path: Is it Feasible?

with Ray Hartley

The Careless State: Using 'easy money' to retain power, pursue vanity projects and cushion the elite

NEWS

The Careless State: Using 'easy money' to retain power, pursue vanity projects and cushion the elite

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

6 Jan 2021

Watch The Webinar: Tanzania's Lurch Backwards

EVENTS

Watch The Webinar: Tanzania's Lurch Backwards

with Ray Hartley

Watch the Webinar: A Special Case: Zambia's Economic Meltdown

EVENTS

Watch the Webinar: A Special Case: Zambia's Economic Meltdown

with Ray Hartley

Ramaphosa's recovery plan: A tipping point for energy and infrastructure — or another missed opportunity?

NEWS

Ramaphosa's recovery plan: A tipping point for energy and infrastructure — or another missed opportunity?

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

3 Nov 2020

Watch The Webinar: Lockdown Economics: Will the Economic Recovery Plan Work?

EVENTS

Watch The Webinar: Lockdown Economics: Will the Economic Recovery Plan Work?

with Ray Hartley

A Aspiração Asiática

VIDEOS

A Aspiração Asiática

Bobi Wine, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Emily van der Merwe, Greg Mills, Hailemariam Desalegn, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ray Hartley

14 Oct 2020

L'aspiration asiatique

VIDEOS

L'aspiration asiatique

Bobi Wine, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Emily van der Merwe, Greg Mills, Hailemariam Desalegn, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ray Hartley

14 Oct 2020

The Asian Aspiration Documentary

VIDEOS

The Asian Aspiration Documentary

Bobi Wine, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Greg Mills, Hailemariam Desalegn, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ray Hartley

12 Oct 2020

Watch The Webinar: Turning SA Around Province by Province

EVENTS

Watch The Webinar: Turning SA Around Province by Province

with Ray Hartley

Watch The Webinar: Can South African Tourism Be Saved?

EVENTS

Watch The Webinar: Can South African Tourism Be Saved?

with Ray Hartley

Watch the Webinar: Easing the Costs of Doing Business in Lesotho

EVENTS

Watch the Webinar: Easing the Costs of Doing Business in Lesotho

with Ray Hartley

How Covid-19 changed the way the world works

NEWS

How Covid-19 changed the way the world works

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

27 Aug 2020

Why the ANC should back 'all-inclusive dialogue' on Zimbabwe's future

NEWS

Why the ANC should back 'all-inclusive dialogue' on Zimbabwe's future

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

24 Aug 2020

Steps towards a Smarter Lockdown: Game-Lodges

NEWS

Steps towards a Smarter Lockdown: Game-Lodges

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

29 Jul 2020

South Africa's Greatest Economic Adversary...Itself - Finding Common Ground for Growth

PUBLICATIONS

South Africa's Greatest Economic Adversary...Itself - Finding Common Ground for Growth

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

23 Jul 2020

South Africa at a Fork in the Road

NEWS

South Africa at a Fork in the Road

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

22 Jul 2020

Ten Years of Change in Three Months

NEWS

Ten Years of Change in Three Months

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

22 Jul 2020

Malawi: Will they come or will they go?

NEWS

Malawi: Will they come or will they go?

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

3 Jul 2020

It's time that Ramaphosa owned the wasted 26 years

NEWS

It's time that Ramaphosa owned the wasted 26 years

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

28 Jun 2020

Malawi's remarkable election — and fresh opportunity

NEWS

Malawi's remarkable election — and fresh opportunity

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

26 Jun 2020

Identifying one quick win for the government

NEWS

Identifying one quick win for the government

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

22 Jun 2020

Will you have to fill Eskom's R30bn Covid hole?

NEWS

Will you have to fill Eskom's R30bn Covid hole?

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

18 Jun 2020

Zimbabwe crumbles while SA looks on in 'solidarity'

NEWS

Zimbabwe crumbles while SA looks on in 'solidarity'

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

18 Jun 2020

How South Africa in 2020 compares with Singapore in 1995

NEWS

How South Africa in 2020 compares with Singapore in 1995

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

17 Jun 2020

ANC rhetoric bodes ill for SA's post-Covid economy

NEWS

ANC rhetoric bodes ill for SA's post-Covid economy

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

3 Jun 2020

Ramaphosa's lockdown lesson: Trust is hard to build and easily broken

NEWS

Ramaphosa's lockdown lesson: Trust is hard to build and easily broken

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

29 May 2020

Electric cars? Stand aside (and in line) for Patel's Trabant

NEWS

Electric cars? Stand aside (and in line) for Patel's Trabant

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

15 May 2020

Five clear markers for the ANC on the road to recovery

NEWS

Five clear markers for the ANC on the road to recovery

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

12 May 2020

No, President Ramaphosa, this is not an intellectual exercise

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No, President Ramaphosa, this is not an intellectual exercise

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

5 May 2020

An Iron Curtain Is Falling On Our Freedom

NEWS

An Iron Curtain Is Falling On Our Freedom

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

1 May 2020

After the virus: What are Africa's chances of recovery?

NEWS

After the virus: What are Africa's chances of recovery?

Emily van der Merwe, Greg Mills, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Ray Hartley

30 Apr 2020

How to Turn Crisis into Opportunity: After COVID-19 — Choices for a Better South African Future

PUBLICATIONS

How to Turn Crisis into Opportunity: After COVID-19 — Choices for a Better South African Future

Emily van der Merwe, Greg Mills, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Ray Hartley

23 Apr 2020

Handing over authority to securocrats has made Ramaphosa's 'heavy cross' impossible to bear

NEWS

Handing over authority to securocrats has made Ramaphosa's 'heavy cross' impossible to bear

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

13 Apr 2020

How much could Coronavirus cost the SA economy? A preliminary estimate

NEWS

How much could Coronavirus cost the SA economy? A preliminary estimate

Emily van der Merwe, Greg Mills, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Ray Hartley

30 Mar 2020

Malawi court's landmark ruling puts spotlight on foreign observers

NEWS

Malawi court's landmark ruling puts spotlight on foreign observers

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

7 Feb 2020

The Future of African Cities - Crucibles of Change

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The Future of African Cities - Crucibles of Change

Greg Mills, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Nchimunya Hamukoma, Ray Hartley

30 Jan 2020

Where the Rubber Hits the Road - The Future Of African Cities

PUBLICATIONS

Where the Rubber Hits the Road - The Future Of African Cities

Archimedes Muzenda, David Kilcullen, Dianna Games, Dickie Davis, Emily van der Merwe, Greg Mills, Juan Carlos Pinzón Bueno, Nchimunya Hamukoma, Nicola Doyle, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ray Hartley, Sarah Calburn

27 Jan 2020

Dam It! Ethiopia's game-changing project — and its regional problem

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Dam It! Ethiopia's game-changing project — and its regional problem

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

14 Jan 2020

A Tip for African Governments on Attracting Investment

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A Tip for African Governments on Attracting Investment

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

5 Dec 2019

Beyond hooking up: Attracting long-term investment requires a different approach

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Beyond hooking up: Attracting long-term investment requires a different approach

Emily van der Merwe, Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

18 Oct 2019

Fixing Eskom: Home Truths and Unavoidable Actions

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Fixing Eskom: Home Truths and Unavoidable Actions

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

11 Oct 2019

Somaliland - New Ways Of Doing Things In A Tough Neighbourhood

PUBLICATIONS

Somaliland - New Ways Of Doing Things In A Tough Neighbourhood

Greg Mills, Marie-Noelle Nwokolo, Ray Hartley

10 Sep 2019

Eskom - Too big to fail, or too big to save?

NEWS

Eskom - Too big to fail, or too big to save?

Greg Mills, Ray Hartley

3 Jun 2019

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