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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.

The ANC succession battle: An assessment - Politicsweb, 19 October 2017

The point of the exercise is that slight changes in variables have such a rollercoaster effect on the result that only a gambler would allow a straight race to occur at year-end. Consider also that even if you were certain of the winner the very closeness of the contest will exacerbate internal divisions and perhaps cause enough internal damage to leave the winning faction presiding over a spent and fatally wounded organisation.

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Here’s more evidence why BEE will never work - BizNews, 18 October 2017

According to Treasury’s report, about 6.5m people currently belong to occupational retirement funds. Of these members, 67% are black African, 12% are ‘coloured’, 4% are Indian, and 17% are white. Equivalent figures for RA fund members are not provided, but the demographic spread may be much the same.

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Robust property rights essential for SA’s future prosperity - BizNews, 16 October 2017

A key issue here is property rights. The protection of private property has long been a sticking point in South Africa’s politics. Prior to 1994, the liberation movements envisaged a post-apartheid government seizing large parts of the economy, and wielding them for the common good. Land would ‘be shared among those who work it’, and large industry would be transferred to ‘the people as a whole’ – in a word, nationalised. ‘Property rights’ represented a capricious mechanism to retain an unjust status quo.

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Back to the 1980s - Politicsweb, 16 October 2017

Recorded in its Monetary Policy Review published earlier this month, the statement amounts to a damning indictment of the management of the economy by the ruling African National Congress (ANC). The economy is "stagnant" despite "strong" global growth and easy financing options. Domestic growth has stalled because of "political and policy uncertainty" which has "depressed confidence". As a result, "investment is contracting" and potential growth is "very low".

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Andile Mngxitama, Zackie Achmat and anti-Semitism - Politicsweb, 12 October 2017

Mngxitama is a master at following racism with even more racism, which he proved with his follow-up: “I concur with @helenzille that the aroma of the burning flesh from the furnaces of the holocaust may wet [sic] the appetite of the S.A. cannibals.”

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The red famines - Politicsweb, 09 October 2017

This makes the recent publication of another book by Anne Applebaum especially timely. Entitled Red Famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine, it argues that four million people died of hunger in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 in a man-made famine unleashed by the Soviet state.

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In marching against State Capture, Cosatu was marching against itself - Daily Maverick, 06 October 2017

Cosatu has been an enabler of State Capture and was a driving force behind Zuma’s ascending to the presidency. It can’t now divest itself of responsibility for a formal programme adopted 10 years ago and remain in the Alliance.

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What does great mining policy look like?

Notes of Frans Cronje’s address to the Johannesburg Mining Indaba on 05 October 2017.

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Stalingrad strategy: How Zuma is trying ‘bait and switch’ to avoid 783 charges - Biznews, 04 Occtober 2017

This clear wording in Section 1979 is also in keeping with what the provision was intended to achieve. Section 179 is the ‘McNally’ clause: so named after Tim McNally, the then attorney general of KwaZulu-Natal, who had earned the ANC’s ire by allegedly failing to prosecute enough of the ‘Third Force’ killers supposedly responsible for the upsurge in political violence in the province in the early 1990s.

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LETTER: Transparency may backfire - Business Day, 03 October 2017

The High Court in Cape Town has ruled in favour of the My Vote Counts campaign and ordered Parliament to make provision in the next 18 months for political parties to publicly disclose private funding.

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The ANC succession battle: An assessment - Politicsweb, 19 October 2017

The point of the exercise is that slight changes in variables have such a rollercoaster effect on the result that only a gambler would allow a straight race to occur at year-end. Consider also that even if you were certain of the winner the very closeness of the contest will exacerbate internal divisions and perhaps cause enough internal damage to leave the winning faction presiding over a spent and fatally wounded organisation.

Read More…

Here’s more evidence why BEE will never work - BizNews, 18 October 2017

According to Treasury’s report, about 6.5m people currently belong to occupational retirement funds. Of these members, 67% are black African, 12% are ‘coloured’, 4% are Indian, and 17% are white. Equivalent figures for RA fund members are not provided, but the demographic spread may be much the same.

Read More…

Robust property rights essential for SA’s future prosperity - BizNews, 16 October 2017

A key issue here is property rights. The protection of private property has long been a sticking point in South Africa’s politics. Prior to 1994, the liberation movements envisaged a post-apartheid government seizing large parts of the economy, and wielding them for the common good. Land would ‘be shared among those who work it’, and large industry would be transferred to ‘the people as a whole’ – in a word, nationalised. ‘Property rights’ represented a capricious mechanism to retain an unjust status quo.

Read More…

Back to the 1980s - Politicsweb, 16 October 2017

Recorded in its Monetary Policy Review published earlier this month, the statement amounts to a damning indictment of the management of the economy by the ruling African National Congress (ANC). The economy is "stagnant" despite "strong" global growth and easy financing options. Domestic growth has stalled because of "political and policy uncertainty" which has "depressed confidence". As a result, "investment is contracting" and potential growth is "very low".

Read More…

Andile Mngxitama, Zackie Achmat and anti-Semitism - Politicsweb, 12 October 2017

Mngxitama is a master at following racism with even more racism, which he proved with his follow-up: “I concur with @helenzille that the aroma of the burning flesh from the furnaces of the holocaust may wet [sic] the appetite of the S.A. cannibals.”

Read More…

The red famines - Politicsweb, 09 October 2017

This makes the recent publication of another book by Anne Applebaum especially timely. Entitled Red Famine: Stalin's war on Ukraine, it argues that four million people died of hunger in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 in a man-made famine unleashed by the Soviet state.

Read More…

In marching against State Capture, Cosatu was marching against itself - Daily Maverick, 06 October 2017

Cosatu has been an enabler of State Capture and was a driving force behind Zuma’s ascending to the presidency. It can’t now divest itself of responsibility for a formal programme adopted 10 years ago and remain in the Alliance.

Read More…

What does great mining policy look like?

Notes of Frans Cronje’s address to the Johannesburg Mining Indaba on 05 October 2017.

Read More…

Stalingrad strategy: How Zuma is trying ‘bait and switch’ to avoid 783 charges - Biznews, 04 Occtober 2017

This clear wording in Section 1979 is also in keeping with what the provision was intended to achieve. Section 179 is the ‘McNally’ clause: so named after Tim McNally, the then attorney general of KwaZulu-Natal, who had earned the ANC’s ire by allegedly failing to prosecute enough of the ‘Third Force’ killers supposedly responsible for the upsurge in political violence in the province in the early 1990s.

Read More…

LETTER: Transparency may backfire - Business Day, 03 October 2017

The High Court in Cape Town has ruled in favour of the My Vote Counts campaign and ordered Parliament to make provision in the next 18 months for political parties to publicly disclose private funding.

Read More…

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