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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.

Zuma's triumph - Politicsweb, 09 August 2017

The outcome of the motion of no confidence last night reveals two insights: either the factions have united or the anti-Zuma faction at its fullest count is no more than 20% of the parliamentary caucus. Out of 384 MPs, 177 voted in favour of the motion, 198 against it with 9 abstentions. Much of the narrative to immediately emerge was that 'Zuma is weakened', the 'ANC is split' or the 'ANC is divide

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Bring back the Scorpions and appoint a special prosecutor - Politicsweb, 06 August 2017

Thousands of cases of fraud, theft, and other crimes need to be investigated, many hundreds of people prosecuted, and plenty imprisoned. Having themselves been captured, neither the so-called "Hawks" nor the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) can be trusted to do the jo

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Dictatorship, violent overthrow or civil unrest? The portents are grim for Venezuela’s future - Daily Maverick, 31 July 2017

These days, the news coming out of Venezuela is all bad. The economy is in free-fall, daily rolling protests are rocking the country, people are being beaten, arrested and killed by the hundred, and thousands are fleeing the country in desperation. How did it come to this?

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A timely warning to adapt to the approaching ‘Tsunami of Tech’ – IRR - BizNews, 31 July 2017

The era of artificial intelligence and robotics is upon us and we will neither be able to fully stop it through taxation nor legislation. If South Africa wants to propel its productivity and economic growth by fusing knowledge workers and artificial intelligence, we should start to ensure that our workforce gets proper education, training, and grooming.

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"Put up taxes or else...!" - Politicsweb, 31 July 2017

He is not the first person to have put forward this idea, although the rapturous reception that greeted his book when it was published in English in 2014 has given it a whole new lease of life.

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Things are the way they are - News24, 27 July 2017

The immense power of party headquarters means that the South African political system has become “Sovietised”, in that Parliament and the Cabinet are both accountable to party headquarters in Luthuli House rather than to the electorate

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Picking holes in Thomas Piketty - Politicsweb, 23 July 2017

The Cato Institute, the libertarian think-tank based in Washington DC, recently published a set of 24 essays refuting the arguments of the French economist Thomas Piketty in his bestselling book Capital in the 21st Century.

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The Freedom Charter: 62 years later it is archaic and unworkable - BizNews, 21 July 2017

The Charter was adopted as the Congress’s official programme. “Thus the Freedom Charter became the common programme enshrining the hopes and aspirations of all the progressive people of South Africa.”

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Social media: Voice of the LGBT community - Polity, 20 July 2017

A furore broke out in March, when several LGBT Youtube vloggers and artists complained that their content is being censored by the video-sharing website’s restricted mode.

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Who is the real Ramaphosa? - Politicsweb, 17 July 2017

According to some news reports Mr Ramaphosa "left no doubt" that those involved in state capture, including President Jacob Zuma, would be prosecuted – not "if " he became president, but "once" he got the top job.

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Zuma's triumph - Politicsweb, 09 August 2017

The outcome of the motion of no confidence last night reveals two insights: either the factions have united or the anti-Zuma faction at its fullest count is no more than 20% of the parliamentary caucus. Out of 384 MPs, 177 voted in favour of the motion, 198 against it with 9 abstentions. Much of the narrative to immediately emerge was that 'Zuma is weakened', the 'ANC is split' or the 'ANC is divide

Read More…

Bring back the Scorpions and appoint a special prosecutor - Politicsweb, 06 August 2017

Thousands of cases of fraud, theft, and other crimes need to be investigated, many hundreds of people prosecuted, and plenty imprisoned. Having themselves been captured, neither the so-called "Hawks" nor the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) can be trusted to do the jo

Read More…

Dictatorship, violent overthrow or civil unrest? The portents are grim for Venezuela’s future - Daily Maverick, 31 July 2017

These days, the news coming out of Venezuela is all bad. The economy is in free-fall, daily rolling protests are rocking the country, people are being beaten, arrested and killed by the hundred, and thousands are fleeing the country in desperation. How did it come to this?

Read More…

A timely warning to adapt to the approaching ‘Tsunami of Tech’ – IRR - BizNews, 31 July 2017

The era of artificial intelligence and robotics is upon us and we will neither be able to fully stop it through taxation nor legislation. If South Africa wants to propel its productivity and economic growth by fusing knowledge workers and artificial intelligence, we should start to ensure that our workforce gets proper education, training, and grooming.

Read More…

"Put up taxes or else...!" - Politicsweb, 31 July 2017

He is not the first person to have put forward this idea, although the rapturous reception that greeted his book when it was published in English in 2014 has given it a whole new lease of life.

Read More…

Things are the way they are - News24, 27 July 2017

The immense power of party headquarters means that the South African political system has become “Sovietised”, in that Parliament and the Cabinet are both accountable to party headquarters in Luthuli House rather than to the electorate

Read More…

Picking holes in Thomas Piketty - Politicsweb, 23 July 2017

The Cato Institute, the libertarian think-tank based in Washington DC, recently published a set of 24 essays refuting the arguments of the French economist Thomas Piketty in his bestselling book Capital in the 21st Century.

Read More…

The Freedom Charter: 62 years later it is archaic and unworkable - BizNews, 21 July 2017

The Charter was adopted as the Congress’s official programme. “Thus the Freedom Charter became the common programme enshrining the hopes and aspirations of all the progressive people of South Africa.”

Read More…

Social media: Voice of the LGBT community - Polity, 20 July 2017

A furore broke out in March, when several LGBT Youtube vloggers and artists complained that their content is being censored by the video-sharing website’s restricted mode.

Read More…

Who is the real Ramaphosa? - Politicsweb, 17 July 2017

According to some news reports Mr Ramaphosa "left no doubt" that those involved in state capture, including President Jacob Zuma, would be prosecuted – not "if " he became president, but "once" he got the top job.

Read More…

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