South Africa in Africa: Superpower or Neocolonialist?, a new book by Liesl Louw-Vaudran
New from Tafelberg – Superpower or Neocolonialist? by Liesl Louw-Vaudran:
South Africa is undeniably a continental powerhouse. Local corporates like MTN, Standard Bank and Shoprite are African business giants; South Africa is the only African member of BRICS; and a South African heads the African Union Commission. Yet the country is often perceived by other African states as a bully that punches above its weight. Does South Africa have the moral standing, and economic and military capacity to call itself a superpower?
In 20 years of reporting on Africa, Liesl Louw-Vaudran has travelled with South African heads of state and met business leaders from across Africa. In this book, she tries to answer accusations that South Africa behaves like a neocolonial power by examining key events – from Thabo Mbeki’s reforms of the African Union to the disastrous peace-keeping mission in the Central African Republic in 2013 under President Jacob Zuma.
About the author
Liesl Louw-Vaudran is an independent journalist and Africa expert. She lived in Senegal for many years and has reported from over 20 African countries. She is a regular commentator on African issues in the local and international media. From 2002 to 2008 she was the Africa Editor at Media24 newspapers in South Africa and still contributes to newspapers such as the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg. Louw-Vaudran also works as a consultant for the Institute for Security Studies, notably as editor of the African Union Peace and Security Council Report.