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Eusebius McKaiser

Eusebius McKaiser is a political analyst, broadcaster, lecturer, writer and author based in Johannesburg. His academic background is in moral philosophy, having studied and lectured in the philosophy department at Rhodes University, before doing research in moral philosophy as a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He remains an associate of the Wits Centre for Ethics.

Since leaving the academy full-time, he spent a year in corporate South Africa as an associate at McKinsey and Company and has since become a prominent political analyst and writer. He currently carries a weekly column in The Star which is syndicated across a number of Independent Newspapers titles around the country and his columns have appeared in New York Times, Guardian, BBC Magazines and all major newspapers in South Africa.

Eusebius presented Interface on SABC3 before moving into talk radio, hosting Talk At Nine on Talk Radio 702 & currently Power Talk on Power 98.7

Eusebius' first book, a collection of essays, became a best-seller within days of its release last year, and he has sold over 10 000 copies in under a year. It is entitled 'A Bantu In My Bathroom'. His second book. ‘Could I vote DA’ is an evaluation of the DA's electoral prospects at this year’s elections and is already a best-seller too.

Eusebius is also a debate and public speaking coach. He previously won both the national and the world masters debate titles

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Mangaung happened: Now what? 2013 and beyond

The ANC's elective conference at the end of 2012 saw both fierce leadership battles, and heated debate about policy direction. Yet, such are the confusing details of realpolitik, that it is difficult to know what exactly changed for the party and the state. In this talk, well-known political analyst Eusebius McKaiser offers a unique perspective on the leadership and policy implications of the ruling party's elective conference.

On the policy front, he examines whether the renewed political commitment to the National Development Plan will be followed through with the necessary political will and operational success. He defends his sceptical answer to the question with an exposition of how policy turfwars within both the party and the state jeopardise the successful implementation of the plan, despite favourable political rhetoric at Mangaung and during early 2013.

More broadly, Eusebius engages the ANC government's renewed focus on economic policy that conduces to sustainable levels of growth and job-creation. He justifies why, despite the state's heart being in the right place, he believes that the state will struggle for a while yet to become fit for purpose. The diagnosis he offers is that excessive focus on policy creation distracts us from building a public service and bureacracy that can implement sound, existing policies. He offers fresh ideas on how government can, however, reverse this problem.

Eusebius ends his talk with a critical discussion about leadership within the ruling party and within government, giving a view on whether or not 'organisational renewal' is likely within the ANC. He argues that the party remains haunted by its great liberation movement character, and offers interventions for how it can retain that history while adapting more quickly to democratic culture.