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Every year our analysts and policy experts, in promoting new ideas and policies, contribute a wide range of articles to newspapers across South Africa.

Reporting back from the future: how scenarios will help with SA planning - Business Day, 23 May

Amid economic and political volatility, a series of books forecasts a range of scary and not-so scary possibilities

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Land transformation madness - Politicsweb, 21 May 2017

None of these proposed laws is new. However, the government is now due to assess comments on the ceilings and processing bills received by deadlines that expired last week; draft regulations on valuation procedures are open for public comment until 19 June.

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Minister’s devilish formula for property valuation in restitution cases unpacked - BizNews, 16 May 2017

This formula is to be found in draft regulations recently gazetted by Mr Nkwinti under the Property Valuation Act of 2014, which took effect on 1st August 2014. Under this Act, the Valuer General – a state official appointed by the minister – is responsible for ‘determining’ the value of all property identified for ‘land reform’ purposes.

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Free speech 1 - UCT 0 - Politicsweb, 15 May 2017

Mr Rose, at the time an editor on a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, sprang from obscurity to global notoriety in 2005 when he published a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohamed with a bomb in his turban. He did so not as an act of provocation, but because he been shocked at the self-censorship in the Danish press and wanted both to highlight this and to take a stand against it. He did not foresee the outrage his action would cause, let alone that it would necessitate having to employ bodyguards even today.

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LETTER: State on the wrong track - Business Day, 11 May 2017

Your report calls for "harsh penalties". Firms are referred to as "offenders". Calls are made to delist "noncompliant" companies from the stock exchange. Employers that don’t meet racial quotas are referred to as "intransigent".

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2029 And What A Socialist, Populist South Africa Might Look Like - Huffington Post, 10 May 2017

It has been a year since South Africans dejectedly went to the 2029 polls in what independent observers widely regard as a rigged set of elections. An all-powerful, and once popular, socialist government has destroyed South Africa's democracy. The economy continues its decline and no end appears in sight to the hell that South Africans have lived through over the past decade.

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Coligny: The shape of things to come? - News24, 09 May 2017

Sun glints off the tin roofs of a nearby shack settlement, home of the boy lying in the dust at our feet. Between us and his parents’ shack is a vast sunflower field owned by Pieter Karsten, a leading farmer and businessman in the town of Coligny.

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Ramaphosa: Can a leopard change his blind spots? - Politicsweb, 07 May 2017

Cyril Ramaphosa's call in his recent speech in Port Elizabeth for the appointment of a judicial commission of enquiry into allegations of state capture is a neat little blow against Jacob Zuma. But it is also a way of kicking the issue into touch.

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Are Malikane’s nationalisation pearls the jewels in Gigaba’s crown? - BizNews, 05 May 2017

Ferial Haffejee, editor of HuffPost SA, was at the BFLF conference where Malikane spoke. As she reports, his calls for nationalisation were enthusiastically applauded by those present. Yet the audience, as Haffejee writes, was not made up of ‘landless peasants’ or the ‘urban working poor’. Rather, it comprised ‘professionals, business owners, students, intellectuals and activists’, most of them well-dressed and seemingly well-heeled.

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Why the IRR has decided to invite Flemming Rose - Daily Maverick, 05 May 2017

Freedom of expression and its narrow limitations is a constitutional principle which sits uncomfortably with many, if not the majority, of South Africans. Events inform us of how well freedom of expression in South Africa holds up under pressure. Either it does not hold up and we cave in to threats of violence and attempts to censor, alternatively it holds up, and we once again nudge the needle in favour of freedom. By GWEN NGWENYA.

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Reporting back from the future: how scenarios will help with SA planning - Business Day, 23 May

Amid economic and political volatility, a series of books forecasts a range of scary and not-so scary possibilities

Read More…

Land transformation madness - Politicsweb, 21 May 2017

None of these proposed laws is new. However, the government is now due to assess comments on the ceilings and processing bills received by deadlines that expired last week; draft regulations on valuation procedures are open for public comment until 19 June.

Read More…

Minister’s devilish formula for property valuation in restitution cases unpacked - BizNews, 16 May 2017

This formula is to be found in draft regulations recently gazetted by Mr Nkwinti under the Property Valuation Act of 2014, which took effect on 1st August 2014. Under this Act, the Valuer General – a state official appointed by the minister – is responsible for ‘determining’ the value of all property identified for ‘land reform’ purposes.

Read More…

Free speech 1 - UCT 0 - Politicsweb, 15 May 2017

Mr Rose, at the time an editor on a Danish newspaper, Jyllands-Posten, sprang from obscurity to global notoriety in 2005 when he published a cartoon of the Muslim prophet Mohamed with a bomb in his turban. He did so not as an act of provocation, but because he been shocked at the self-censorship in the Danish press and wanted both to highlight this and to take a stand against it. He did not foresee the outrage his action would cause, let alone that it would necessitate having to employ bodyguards even today.

Read More…

LETTER: State on the wrong track - Business Day, 11 May 2017

Your report calls for "harsh penalties". Firms are referred to as "offenders". Calls are made to delist "noncompliant" companies from the stock exchange. Employers that don’t meet racial quotas are referred to as "intransigent".

Read More…

2029 And What A Socialist, Populist South Africa Might Look Like - Huffington Post, 10 May 2017

It has been a year since South Africans dejectedly went to the 2029 polls in what independent observers widely regard as a rigged set of elections. An all-powerful, and once popular, socialist government has destroyed South Africa's democracy. The economy continues its decline and no end appears in sight to the hell that South Africans have lived through over the past decade.

Read More…

Coligny: The shape of things to come? - News24, 09 May 2017

Sun glints off the tin roofs of a nearby shack settlement, home of the boy lying in the dust at our feet. Between us and his parents’ shack is a vast sunflower field owned by Pieter Karsten, a leading farmer and businessman in the town of Coligny.

Read More…

Ramaphosa: Can a leopard change his blind spots? - Politicsweb, 07 May 2017

Cyril Ramaphosa's call in his recent speech in Port Elizabeth for the appointment of a judicial commission of enquiry into allegations of state capture is a neat little blow against Jacob Zuma. But it is also a way of kicking the issue into touch.

Read More…

Are Malikane’s nationalisation pearls the jewels in Gigaba’s crown? - BizNews, 05 May 2017

Ferial Haffejee, editor of HuffPost SA, was at the BFLF conference where Malikane spoke. As she reports, his calls for nationalisation were enthusiastically applauded by those present. Yet the audience, as Haffejee writes, was not made up of ‘landless peasants’ or the ‘urban working poor’. Rather, it comprised ‘professionals, business owners, students, intellectuals and activists’, most of them well-dressed and seemingly well-heeled.

Read More…

Why the IRR has decided to invite Flemming Rose - Daily Maverick, 05 May 2017

Freedom of expression and its narrow limitations is a constitutional principle which sits uncomfortably with many, if not the majority, of South Africans. Events inform us of how well freedom of expression in South Africa holds up under pressure. Either it does not hold up and we cave in to threats of violence and attempts to censor, alternatively it holds up, and we once again nudge the needle in favour of freedom. By GWEN NGWENYA.

Read More…

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