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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.
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Our own writing in the media

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 bright stars of township schooling - Politicsweb, 01 October 2017

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has long known that among the large numbers of failing public schools are some success stories. The best known are suburban schools. But we were convinced that there were success stories among poor township schools too.

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An insider's account of Mangosuthu Buthelezi's political career - Politicsweb, 26 September 2017

The memoirs record how Prince Buthelezi called the bluff of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1992 when that organisation threatened to march on Ulundi. He said he would not ban the march, but would not be responsible for whatever reception the ANC might be given.

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The urgency of effective empowerment policy - Daily Maverick, 22 September 2017

Perhaps the greatest challenge facing South Africa’s political leaders is to develop an effective empowerment policy that can accelerate the movement of large numbers of disadvantaged people into the middle classes.

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Zuma propaganda and the ANC’s war against Biko’s BC Movement - BizNews, 20 September 2017

n a speech last week, Zuma identified Biko as a ‘martyr of our liberation struggle’, so implying that Biko had been the ANC’s ally in a common endeavour. In another address, Zuma went so far as to liken himself to Biko, on the basis that both had faced an unwarranted ‘hatred’.

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Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not the woman other women need - Daily Maverick, 18 September 2017

There is a naive expectation that women should be supportive of other women, particularly when they’re in places of power such as in business and politics. Some are, but many are not. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not

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The ANC and Ramaphosa's 1994 plan for the whites - Politicsweb, 17 September 2017

In recently published memoirs, one of Cyril Ramaphosa's main opponents pays generous tribute to his character and negotiating skills during the talks leading up to the new South African constitution and the election in 1994.

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Here's why SA needs a new approach to empowerment - News24, 12 September 2017

At the same time, empowerment policy as practised is increasingly coming to serve as a tool of wealth extraction for a politically connected elite. More and more, the recent Mining Charter being a prime example, we see a pattern of policy makers using harsh regulatory mechanisms, passed in the supposed interests of transformation or redress, to extract wealth from private sector companies.

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Detractors underestimate master tactician Zuma at their own peril - Business Day, 11 September 2017

President’s bumbling country-bumpkin persona is a foil to lure his adversaries into a sense of false security

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Nothing new about "fake news", as Cyril Ramaphosa well knows - Politicsweb, 10 September 2017

Fake news was supposedly invented by the likes of Donald Trump, the British public relations firm Bell Pottinger, and everyone in the United Kingdom campaigning for that country to quit the European Union. In fact, of course, fake news, lies, propaganda,

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LETTER: Bad idea to oust ANN7 - Business Day, 08 September 2017

There is enough space in the South African media and political terrain to counter the views expressed on ANN7.

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The bright stars of township schooling - Politicsweb, 01 October 2017

The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) has long known that among the large numbers of failing public schools are some success stories. The best known are suburban schools. But we were convinced that there were success stories among poor township schools too.

Read More…

An insider's account of Mangosuthu Buthelezi's political career - Politicsweb, 26 September 2017

The memoirs record how Prince Buthelezi called the bluff of the African National Congress (ANC) in 1992 when that organisation threatened to march on Ulundi. He said he would not ban the march, but would not be responsible for whatever reception the ANC might be given.

Read More…

The urgency of effective empowerment policy - Daily Maverick, 22 September 2017

Perhaps the greatest challenge facing South Africa’s political leaders is to develop an effective empowerment policy that can accelerate the movement of large numbers of disadvantaged people into the middle classes.

Read More…

Zuma propaganda and the ANC’s war against Biko’s BC Movement - BizNews, 20 September 2017

n a speech last week, Zuma identified Biko as a ‘martyr of our liberation struggle’, so implying that Biko had been the ANC’s ally in a common endeavour. In another address, Zuma went so far as to liken himself to Biko, on the basis that both had faced an unwarranted ‘hatred’.

Read More…

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not the woman other women need - Daily Maverick, 18 September 2017

There is a naive expectation that women should be supportive of other women, particularly when they’re in places of power such as in business and politics. Some are, but many are not. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma is not

Read More…

The ANC and Ramaphosa's 1994 plan for the whites - Politicsweb, 17 September 2017

In recently published memoirs, one of Cyril Ramaphosa's main opponents pays generous tribute to his character and negotiating skills during the talks leading up to the new South African constitution and the election in 1994.

Read More…

Here's why SA needs a new approach to empowerment - News24, 12 September 2017

At the same time, empowerment policy as practised is increasingly coming to serve as a tool of wealth extraction for a politically connected elite. More and more, the recent Mining Charter being a prime example, we see a pattern of policy makers using harsh regulatory mechanisms, passed in the supposed interests of transformation or redress, to extract wealth from private sector companies.

Read More…

Detractors underestimate master tactician Zuma at their own peril - Business Day, 11 September 2017

President’s bumbling country-bumpkin persona is a foil to lure his adversaries into a sense of false security

Read More…

Nothing new about "fake news", as Cyril Ramaphosa well knows - Politicsweb, 10 September 2017

Fake news was supposedly invented by the likes of Donald Trump, the British public relations firm Bell Pottinger, and everyone in the United Kingdom campaigning for that country to quit the European Union. In fact, of course, fake news, lies, propaganda,

Read More…

LETTER: Bad idea to oust ANN7 - Business Day, 08 September 2017

There is enough space in the South African media and political terrain to counter the views expressed on ANN7.

Read More…

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