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.
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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.

Letter: Havoc of quota fines - Business Day, 26th July 2012

Helen Suzman was right in saying in 1998 that the Employment Equity Act was premature at best — and that the government must first fix the skills shortage among black South Africans. Tragically, that has still to be done. This leaves employers seeking to fulfil their quotas little choice but to take on people who lack experience and competence but have (as the Employment Equity Act states) the "capacity to acquire, within a reasonable time, the ability to do the job".

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SA's communists are still in denial about Marx and murder - Business Day, 23rd July 2012.

The Institute's CEO, John Kane-Berman, argues that one cannot buy into Marxist economic policies without accepting its political ones as well.

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Letter: Unworkable red tape - Business Day, 17th July 2012.

What SA needs are proper schools, vastly increased investment and effective incentives to business to expand the jobs they offer. Instead, however, the ruling party is once again seeking to truss the private sector up in yet more reams of unworkable red tape.

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Can ANC move from diagnosis to cure? Saturday Star, 14th July 2012.

The ANC of 2007 under Thabo Mbeki was one of denialism. Denial of problems from HIV/Aids, to crime, corruption and xenophobia. Without many people acknowledging the change, the ANC has started to accept the problems it faces as a governing party.

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Letter: No special protection for president - Business Day, 10th July 2012.

The Institute's Head of Special Research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, argues that Zapiro's main offence is not disrespecting the office of the president but rather that the insight he has offered with his controversial cartoon "cuts far too close to the bone".

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Letter: Textile union between rock and hard place - Business Report, 9th July 2012.

It is ironic that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) is fighting against the implementation of the same minimum wages that it helped to impose on the industry (“Union fights court bid to close clothing factories”, Business Report, July 5).

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Schools designed to 'remove apartheid from the pupils' hearts' - Business Day, 9th July 2012.

One of the most imaginative pioneers of multi racial education in Southern Africa, Deane Yates, died in Johannesburg last month aged 90.

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Letter: The land reform lie - Business Day, 5th July 2012.

The Deputy CEO, Frans Cronje says that there are people in South Africa who believe land reform is one key to addressing poverty and unemployment challenges.

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Disparities in SA steadfastly narrowing, say the numbers - Business Day, 5th July 2012.

The Institute's Research Manager, Lucy Holborn, says that radical policies and increased state involvement in the economy are not the answers to narrowing the wealth disparities between white and black people in South Africa.

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Letter: Assigning the state a colour muddies water - The Star, 4th July 2012.

The Research Manager, Lucy Holborn, says that if we are to meaningfully assess the control of the economy in the hands of ordinary black and white South Africans, assigning the state a colour may be muddying the water.

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Letter: Havoc of quota fines - Business Day, 26th July 2012

Helen Suzman was right in saying in 1998 that the Employment Equity Act was premature at best — and that the government must first fix the skills shortage among black South Africans. Tragically, that has still to be done. This leaves employers seeking to fulfil their quotas little choice but to take on people who lack experience and competence but have (as the Employment Equity Act states) the "capacity to acquire, within a reasonable time, the ability to do the job".

Read More…

SA's communists are still in denial about Marx and murder - Business Day, 23rd July 2012.

The Institute's CEO, John Kane-Berman, argues that one cannot buy into Marxist economic policies without accepting its political ones as well.

Read More…

Letter: Unworkable red tape - Business Day, 17th July 2012.

What SA needs are proper schools, vastly increased investment and effective incentives to business to expand the jobs they offer. Instead, however, the ruling party is once again seeking to truss the private sector up in yet more reams of unworkable red tape.

Read More…

Can ANC move from diagnosis to cure? Saturday Star, 14th July 2012.

The ANC of 2007 under Thabo Mbeki was one of denialism. Denial of problems from HIV/Aids, to crime, corruption and xenophobia. Without many people acknowledging the change, the ANC has started to accept the problems it faces as a governing party.

Read More…

Letter: No special protection for president - Business Day, 10th July 2012.

The Institute's Head of Special Research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, argues that Zapiro's main offence is not disrespecting the office of the president but rather that the insight he has offered with his controversial cartoon "cuts far too close to the bone".

Read More…

Letter: Textile union between rock and hard place - Business Report, 9th July 2012.

It is ironic that the Southern African Clothing and Textile Workers’ Union (Sactwu) is fighting against the implementation of the same minimum wages that it helped to impose on the industry (“Union fights court bid to close clothing factories”, Business Report, July 5).

Read More…

Schools designed to 'remove apartheid from the pupils' hearts' - Business Day, 9th July 2012.

One of the most imaginative pioneers of multi racial education in Southern Africa, Deane Yates, died in Johannesburg last month aged 90.

Read More…

Letter: The land reform lie - Business Day, 5th July 2012.

The Deputy CEO, Frans Cronje says that there are people in South Africa who believe land reform is one key to addressing poverty and unemployment challenges.

Read More…

Disparities in SA steadfastly narrowing, say the numbers - Business Day, 5th July 2012.

The Institute's Research Manager, Lucy Holborn, says that radical policies and increased state involvement in the economy are not the answers to narrowing the wealth disparities between white and black people in South Africa.

Read More…

Letter: Assigning the state a colour muddies water - The Star, 4th July 2012.

The Research Manager, Lucy Holborn, says that if we are to meaningfully assess the control of the economy in the hands of ordinary black and white South Africans, assigning the state a colour may be muddying the water.

Read More…

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