Cecyl Esau

Cecyl Esau is Senior Project Leader for the Sustained Dialogue Programme at the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation




Heavy rains and floods came, but where is the water?


South Africa is a relatively dry and drought prone country. The rainfall is generally low and erratic with a mean annual precipitation in the order of 500mm compared to the world average of 860mm. Some 21% of South Africa receives less than 200 mm/a. The country has limited water resources and is ranked globally amongst the twenty […]

Young people must be actively involved in shaping SA


The recent boycott of the elections by eligible young South Africans places the country on precarious grounds and down a slippery road to a bleak future that can only spell disaster for our developing nation. Granted, there are a myriad of challenges that face the youth with high unemployment topping the list. But it is […]

Ramaphosa can emulate Mexico’s successes


As President Cyril Ramaphosa prepares to unveil his strategy for turning the country around, it would be useful for him to take a leaf out of Mexican President Manuel Lopez Obrador’s book. South Africa has more in common with Mexico in terms of its developmental challenges than perhaps any other country, and Obrador has moved […]


On memory of humans

Last week I visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington DC. The museum covers all aspects of the history...


Addressing hypertension in South Africa

An imploding epidemic of chronic non-communicable diseases is threatening national healthcare systems sustainability, the economy of the country and claiming many preventable and avoidable...


South Africa and Nigeria: Africa’s Sleeping Giants?

In a year packed with many African elections, Nigeria went to the polls in February and South Africa votes this week. This begs the...