News & events


Fate of the Nation: Scenarios for South Africa’s Future

02 October 2017


Presenter:  Dr Jakkie Cilliers: Chairman of the Board and Head of African Futures & Innovation at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS). He is also an Extraordinary Professor in the Centre for Human Rights and the Department of Political Sciences, Faculty of Humanities at the University of Pretoria.

Chair:  Dr Hester Du Plessis, Head, Science Communication, HSRC

Date: 2 October 2017 
Time:  12h30 – 13h30 
Venues: Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town

This seminar will focus on the groundbreaking book which 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. A concluding chapter presents a comprehensive set of recommendations that place employment creation at the center of pro-growth policies.

Copies will be on sale at the launch

The HSRC seminar series is funded by the Department of Science and Technology (DST). The views and opinions expressed therein as well as findings and statements of the seminar series do not necessarily represent the views of the DST.

Cape Town: HSRC, 116-118 Merchant House, Buitengracht Street, Cape Town. Contact: Carmen August ,Tel (021) 4668004, Fax (021) 461 0299 or e-mail:
Durban:  The Atrium, 5th Floor, 430 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Berea, 4001 , Contact: Ridhwaan Khan, Tel (031) 242 5400, cell: 083 788 2786 or email:, or Hlengiwe Zulu at e-mail
Pretoria: HSRC Video Conference, 1st floor HSRC Library Human Sciences Research Council, 134 Pretorius Street, Pretoria. Arlene Grossberg, Tel: (012) 302 2811 or e-mail: