A look at the current political landscape

Given by: Aubrey Matshiqi

He is a Financial Mail rated political analyst and a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy studies (CPS) in Johannesburg until March 2011, and was a research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation until December 2017. In 2010, he was invited to take up a research fellow-ship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies (Stias). At CPS he specialised in South Afri-can Politics with a special focus on the ANC and the Alliance, the re-alignment of opposition political politics, electoral system reform and the state of democracy in South Africa. At Stias he did research on historical memory and politics in post-apartheid South Africa. In May 2014, Matshiqi was invited to speak at a symposium held in hour of Nelson Mandela at the Uppsala University in Sweden.

Matshiqi is a former Mathematics Science and English teacher and government strategist and spokesperson. Towards the end of his teaching career he obtained a degree in History and English Literature. He is also a former member of the United Democratic Front, African National Congress and the South African Communist Party.
He writes a weekly column for the Business Day and a monthly column for Engineering News. He also writes regularly for other publications in and outside South Africa.
He has written book chapters, policy briefs and research papers on the following topics:
• The one party state in Africa and lessons for South Africa
• The re-alignment of opposition politics in South Africa
• The implications of the Jacob Zuma corruption trial for the South African criminal justice sys-tem.
• The performance of the public service
• Development at local level
Matshiqi has also given lectures at the National Defence Collge on South Africa, the UN Security Council and the International Balance of Forces.

His services as a political analyst are used by academic institutions, research institutions, foreign embassies, political parties and private companies.