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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.

A tale of two Equality Court cases - Politicsweb, 13 July 2017

The document then notes: Mr Masuku, in response to a letter from the South African Human Rights Commission dated 11 May 2009 outlining the allegations made by the SAJBD denied that his remarks were tantamount to hate speech and stated that the “constant cry of ‘hate speech’ from the South African Jewish Board

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A fibbery index for South Africa - Politicsweb, 13 July 2017

The index would need to be quite sophisticated. It would have to keep track of lies that we pretend to believe even when we know they are not true. This would include the most pervasive of all current South African lies, which is that black economic empowerment (BEE) actually empowers black people. If ever there were an emperor without any clothes, this is he, or indeed she. But nobody wants to say so.

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The 'House in Kensington B' and the legacy of forced removals - Politicsweb, 02 July 2017

Built on a large piece of rolling Highveld grassland which Tladi's father-in-law bought in 1905 in this suburb north of Johannesburg, near what is now called Ferndale, the house was expropriated and the family forcibly removed to Soweto in 1956.

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Future of the ANC in four scenarios - News24, 02 July 2017

The NEC offers none of this. Instead, it highlights a managerial type of conflict. The battle between the leading contenders, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is framed as a fight – corruption versus clean governance, consultative processes versus ministerial fiat, radicalism versus moderation. Business-wise, these concerns are about ethical leadership, stakeholder relations and change management. However, little of these concerns determines the political agenda.

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LETTER: Disadvantage, not race - Business Day, 30 June 2017

A person’s race is what he declares it to be. The Constitution allows measures to promote the achievement of equality that are "designed to protect or advance persons … disadvantaged by unfair discrimination.…"

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You can’t lift up the wage earner by pulling the wage payer down - BizNews, 30 June 2017

In a letter to Business Day on June 20, 2017, John Louw asks incredulously how a charter can force mining companies to pay dividends over a 10-year period to facilitate the repayment of finance extended to empowerment “partners”, with a penalty if the dividends fall short of extinguishing such debt at the end of the period?

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A good story to tell about a better life for all - News24, 29 June 2017

Service delivery successes were extraordinary. The number of households living in a formal house more than doubled after 1996. In 1996, there were 5.8 million households living in a formal house.

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Don't underestimate the pain of others - Rand Daily Mail, 29 June 2017

'There is no monopoly on pain visited on a people from prejudice and hate: the Rwandans, Cambodians and Armenians, to name but a few, can attest to that'

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Mining: Appeasement hasn't worked - Politicsweb, 25 June 2017

The chamber says it will challenge the charter in court. It has also called on the African National Congress (ANC) to intervene. The problem is that the mining industry was co-opted a long time ago. It did so when it bought into the ANC's racial "transformation" process by adopting the first mining charter back in 2004.

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Venezuela offers SA a dire lesson in socialism at all costs - BizNews, 23 June 2017

Water and electricity is being rationed. The shortage of medical supplies is so high that the United Nations has been asked for assistance. Thirty percent of children are malnourished. In 2016, the average citizen lost nearly 9 kilograms in weight.

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A tale of two Equality Court cases - Politicsweb, 13 July 2017

The document then notes: Mr Masuku, in response to a letter from the South African Human Rights Commission dated 11 May 2009 outlining the allegations made by the SAJBD denied that his remarks were tantamount to hate speech and stated that the “constant cry of ‘hate speech’ from the South African Jewish Board

Read More…

A fibbery index for South Africa - Politicsweb, 13 July 2017

The index would need to be quite sophisticated. It would have to keep track of lies that we pretend to believe even when we know they are not true. This would include the most pervasive of all current South African lies, which is that black economic empowerment (BEE) actually empowers black people. If ever there were an emperor without any clothes, this is he, or indeed she. But nobody wants to say so.

Read More…

The 'House in Kensington B' and the legacy of forced removals - Politicsweb, 02 July 2017

Built on a large piece of rolling Highveld grassland which Tladi's father-in-law bought in 1905 in this suburb north of Johannesburg, near what is now called Ferndale, the house was expropriated and the family forcibly removed to Soweto in 1956.

Read More…

Future of the ANC in four scenarios - News24, 02 July 2017

The NEC offers none of this. Instead, it highlights a managerial type of conflict. The battle between the leading contenders, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, is framed as a fight – corruption versus clean governance, consultative processes versus ministerial fiat, radicalism versus moderation. Business-wise, these concerns are about ethical leadership, stakeholder relations and change management. However, little of these concerns determines the political agenda.

Read More…

LETTER: Disadvantage, not race - Business Day, 30 June 2017

A person’s race is what he declares it to be. The Constitution allows measures to promote the achievement of equality that are "designed to protect or advance persons … disadvantaged by unfair discrimination.…"

Read More…

You can’t lift up the wage earner by pulling the wage payer down - BizNews, 30 June 2017

In a letter to Business Day on June 20, 2017, John Louw asks incredulously how a charter can force mining companies to pay dividends over a 10-year period to facilitate the repayment of finance extended to empowerment “partners”, with a penalty if the dividends fall short of extinguishing such debt at the end of the period?

Read More…

A good story to tell about a better life for all - News24, 29 June 2017

Service delivery successes were extraordinary. The number of households living in a formal house more than doubled after 1996. In 1996, there were 5.8 million households living in a formal house.

Read More…

Don't underestimate the pain of others - Rand Daily Mail, 29 June 2017

'There is no monopoly on pain visited on a people from prejudice and hate: the Rwandans, Cambodians and Armenians, to name but a few, can attest to that'

Read More…

Mining: Appeasement hasn't worked - Politicsweb, 25 June 2017

The chamber says it will challenge the charter in court. It has also called on the African National Congress (ANC) to intervene. The problem is that the mining industry was co-opted a long time ago. It did so when it bought into the ANC's racial "transformation" process by adopting the first mining charter back in 2004.

Read More…

Venezuela offers SA a dire lesson in socialism at all costs - BizNews, 23 June 2017

Water and electricity is being rationed. The shortage of medical supplies is so high that the United Nations has been asked for assistance. Thirty percent of children are malnourished. In 2016, the average citizen lost nearly 9 kilograms in weight.

Read More…

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