Project Description

Coalitions have been part of South African politics since 1994. They can be incredibly difficult to manage. But they can also be a pathway to developing robust institutions.

As South Africa prepares for local elections, newly established public affairs entity Mkokeli Advisory, working with the Institute For Global Dialogue, is partnering with the Sunday Times to host a timely dialogue on the intricacies of coalitions.

The dialogue will see analysts from the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection present the outcomes of their recent research on coalitions.

The audience will learn about Marriages of Inconvenience: The politics of coalitions in South Africa is a research-based volume that collates and interprets lessons that South Africa should heed in managing such eventualities. It draws from domestic experiences, case studies from the rest of the African continent and instances further afield.

Susan Booysen


Marriages of Inconvenience, Director Research MISTRA

Crispian Olver

Public Policy and Management Expert

Dr Yacoob Abba Omar

Director Operations


Bonolo Makgale

Democracy and civic engagement unit, Centre for Human Rights

University of Pretoria

Amuzweni Ngoma

Researcher in political economy


Terry Tselane

Executive chair

Institute of Election Management Services in Africa

Johann Mettler

Expert in local government

Former city manager Nelson Mandela Bay

Mcebisi Ndletyana

Professor of Political Studies

University of Johannesburg