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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.

Opposing the liberators: South Africa’s chequered relationship with the liberal opposition - Daily Maverick, 07 November 2017

Opposition politics had a perception problem right from the start in democratic South Africa. Understandably, it is harder to tell which side of history you are on when you are in opposition to a majority government following hundreds of years of a privileged minority franchise. To be in opposition was to be in opposition to the liberators.

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Coffin case: Excessive sentences do not serve justice - Politicsweb, 05 November 2017

Arguably, however, it has undermined that system in that the sentences imposed are heavier than the crime itself warrants. One of the men, Theo Martins Jackson, was given a sentence of 19 years' imprisonment, of which five were suspended, so that his effective sentence is 14 years. The other, Willem Oosthuizen, was given 16 years of which five were suspended, leaving an effective sentence of 11 years.

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The DA's inexplicable attack on itself - Politicsweb, 05 November 2017

It takes so little to unmask Mmusi Maimane’s new policy framework as a poorly thought-through imitation of that of the ANC that the DA must be quite confident that President Zuma’s camp will win the ANC’s end-of-year leadership race

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Liberal ideas worth spreading: Moving the needle towards non-racialism - Politicsweb, 02 November 2017

There is a myth held by some, who try to make racial identity compatible with the idea of self-definition, that racial identity is acceptable so long as individuals can define blackness* for themselves. This view is nonsensical. But some liberals cling to it because they wish to bridge the gulf between individuality and racial identity; either because race is an important part of their own identity or because it is an important part of the electorate’s identity.

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The growth Gigaba wants requires a shift from BEE - BizNews, 01 November 2017

On this projection, public debt will soon have quintupled from the R627bn at which it stood in 2008/9, before the start of the Zuma presidency.

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Mid-term budget lacks the lever and fulcrum needed to move SA forward - Fin24, 29 October 2017

Greek mathematician Archimedes has variably been quoted as having said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

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UCT shutdown 2017: Will clemency now be revoked? - Politicsweb, 29 October 2017

The suspension of face-to-face classes excluded the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Business. But for the rest “blended learning models would be implemented to allow for teaching off campus.”

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Transformation trumps everything - Politicsweb, 29 October 2017

Giving the provincial head final authority over the admission of pupils to public schools, as well as the power to approve such schools' language policies, are among the other proposals in the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill, which is open for public comment until 10th November.

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Zuma treats his ex-allies with the contempt they have earned - Politicsweb, 23 October 2017

There is something pathetic about the reaction of his party to President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle last week. The secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantashe, said it was "unfortunate" that the party had not been given prior notice. The move was a formula for instability, would deepen divisions, undo the alliance, etc.

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Robust society and strong institutions at the heart of fightback - Business Day, 20 October 2017

The same forces that are sinking the Zupta project will in a similar fashion save the mining sector. At the heart of it are the country’s strong institutions. Coleman alluded to these when he praised SA’s "sound Constitution (and) strong judiciary" and referred to the unity on the part of business, labour and civil society.

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Opposing the liberators: South Africa’s chequered relationship with the liberal opposition - Daily Maverick, 07 November 2017

Opposition politics had a perception problem right from the start in democratic South Africa. Understandably, it is harder to tell which side of history you are on when you are in opposition to a majority government following hundreds of years of a privileged minority franchise. To be in opposition was to be in opposition to the liberators.

Read More…

Coffin case: Excessive sentences do not serve justice - Politicsweb, 05 November 2017

Arguably, however, it has undermined that system in that the sentences imposed are heavier than the crime itself warrants. One of the men, Theo Martins Jackson, was given a sentence of 19 years' imprisonment, of which five were suspended, so that his effective sentence is 14 years. The other, Willem Oosthuizen, was given 16 years of which five were suspended, leaving an effective sentence of 11 years.

Read More…

The DA's inexplicable attack on itself - Politicsweb, 05 November 2017

It takes so little to unmask Mmusi Maimane’s new policy framework as a poorly thought-through imitation of that of the ANC that the DA must be quite confident that President Zuma’s camp will win the ANC’s end-of-year leadership race

Read More…

Liberal ideas worth spreading: Moving the needle towards non-racialism - Politicsweb, 02 November 2017

There is a myth held by some, who try to make racial identity compatible with the idea of self-definition, that racial identity is acceptable so long as individuals can define blackness* for themselves. This view is nonsensical. But some liberals cling to it because they wish to bridge the gulf between individuality and racial identity; either because race is an important part of their own identity or because it is an important part of the electorate’s identity.

Read More…

The growth Gigaba wants requires a shift from BEE - BizNews, 01 November 2017

On this projection, public debt will soon have quintupled from the R627bn at which it stood in 2008/9, before the start of the Zuma presidency.

Read More…

Mid-term budget lacks the lever and fulcrum needed to move SA forward - Fin24, 29 October 2017

Greek mathematician Archimedes has variably been quoted as having said: “Give me a lever long enough and a fulcrum on which to place it, and I shall move the world.”

Read More…

UCT shutdown 2017: Will clemency now be revoked? - Politicsweb, 29 October 2017

The suspension of face-to-face classes excluded the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Graduate School of Business. But for the rest “blended learning models would be implemented to allow for teaching off campus.”

Read More…

Transformation trumps everything - Politicsweb, 29 October 2017

Giving the provincial head final authority over the admission of pupils to public schools, as well as the power to approve such schools' language policies, are among the other proposals in the Basic Education Laws Amendment Bill, which is open for public comment until 10th November.

Read More…

Zuma treats his ex-allies with the contempt they have earned - Politicsweb, 23 October 2017

There is something pathetic about the reaction of his party to President Jacob Zuma's cabinet reshuffle last week. The secretary general of the African National Congress (ANC), Gwede Mantashe, said it was "unfortunate" that the party had not been given prior notice. The move was a formula for instability, would deepen divisions, undo the alliance, etc.

Read More…

Robust society and strong institutions at the heart of fightback - Business Day, 20 October 2017

The same forces that are sinking the Zupta project will in a similar fashion save the mining sector. At the heart of it are the country’s strong institutions. Coleman alluded to these when he praised SA’s "sound Constitution (and) strong judiciary" and referred to the unity on the part of business, labour and civil society.

Read More…

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