2017: A year of living dangerously


2017: A year of living dangerously

Futurist Daniel Silke’s crystal ball reveals dramatic  probabilities for SA – and he argues that the ratings downgrade threat is teaching the government valuable lessons. 

The constant threat of a ratings agency downgrade was the best thing that could have happened to South Africa during 2016. “It was like a Sword of Damocles hanging over our heads all year and it kept us on our toes,” said Daniel Silke, the Cape Town futurist, political analyst and sought-after keynote speaker to blue-chip companies.

“The penny dropped and, even though the buy-in was not a hundred percent, the connection between delivery and more stable, prudent and globally acceptable policies became a glaring reality for our government, one which they had no option but to heed.

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