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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.

LETTER: Miners must speak up - Business Day, 22 June 2017

Miners invest very little in telling this story and this mistake is a primary reason why they have become the target of so much media and activist hostility.

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Have black peoples’ lives improved after apartheid? - Polity, 20 June 2017

When South Africa transitioned into democracy in 1994, socio-economic conditions were disheartening, especially amongst Blacks. Nelson Mandela’s democratic government faced an enormous challenge in eradicating the legacy of apartheid and improving the lives of millions of South Africans.

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Colonialism & Zille: There's more to this than you may think - Politicsweb, 19 June 2017

A few months ago Ms Zille quoted Nelson Mandela as having said that South Africa's understanding of the rule of law was part of our colonial heritage. Marian Tupy of the Cato Institute in Washington recalled that a one-time Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, said that the judiciary and legal system were among the great institutions derived from British-Indian administration.

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Using scenarios to overcome uncertainty about SA’s future - Moneyweb, 16 June 2017

By changing the methods that firms use to advise their clients, one of the obstacles to investor success can be largely overcome.

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Trade union hegemony in South Africa being up-ended - BizNews, 15 June 2017

Companies fail, markets change and new industries come into being. There are always going to be negative consequences for some employees, while new opportunities arise for others. Unions must anticipate the change and not keep insisting that the world is flat.

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The DA is better dead than red

The trouble is that it rang hollow following the official statement which spells out that the leader personally found Zille’s comments offensive and it was precisely because it was painful that the discussion had to be closed. As a result it is not clear which discussion should continue.

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Why some men rape and how to stop them - Rand Daily Mail, 13 June 2017

'The attitudes of those closest to us are our biggest threat. This means tackling our mores and customs'

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Business should stop short-changing itself and start fighting - Politicsweb, 12 June 2017

A recent survey by Brunswick, a consultancy firm, showed that 37% of South Africans were positive about capitalism. Given the rhetoric berating "white monopoly capitalism" this seems a high proportion. On the other hand, it chimes with surveys by the Institute of Race Relations showing that most people have more important things to worry about, especially unemployment.

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Smart cities a catalyst for social and economic development - Business Day, 08 June 2017

Metros work with private operators to deliver broadband, but law keeps provinces in the cold

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Du Preez, Zille and the political expedience of public intellectuals - News24, 08 June 2017

In a debate the goal of critical thinkers, let’s call them ‘public intellectuals’, and politicians must differ in one singularly important aspect: concerns about style and form belong to the politicians; substance must be the terrain of the public intellectual. Leave the politicians to worry about how the debate is spun in their favour, and the intelligentsia must worry about the integrity of the content of the debate. Max Du Preez’s article titled, “Dear Helen, please call it off” subordinates substance to expedience, an act that is nearly always shameful for a public intellectual, but sometimes necessary for a politician.

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LETTER: Miners must speak up - Business Day, 22 June 2017

Miners invest very little in telling this story and this mistake is a primary reason why they have become the target of so much media and activist hostility.

Read More…

Have black peoples’ lives improved after apartheid? - Polity, 20 June 2017

When South Africa transitioned into democracy in 1994, socio-economic conditions were disheartening, especially amongst Blacks. Nelson Mandela’s democratic government faced an enormous challenge in eradicating the legacy of apartheid and improving the lives of millions of South Africans.

Read More…

Colonialism & Zille: There's more to this than you may think - Politicsweb, 19 June 2017

A few months ago Ms Zille quoted Nelson Mandela as having said that South Africa's understanding of the rule of law was part of our colonial heritage. Marian Tupy of the Cato Institute in Washington recalled that a one-time Indian prime minister, Manmohan Singh, said that the judiciary and legal system were among the great institutions derived from British-Indian administration.

Read More…

Using scenarios to overcome uncertainty about SA’s future - Moneyweb, 16 June 2017

By changing the methods that firms use to advise their clients, one of the obstacles to investor success can be largely overcome.

Read More…

Trade union hegemony in South Africa being up-ended - BizNews, 15 June 2017

Companies fail, markets change and new industries come into being. There are always going to be negative consequences for some employees, while new opportunities arise for others. Unions must anticipate the change and not keep insisting that the world is flat.

Read More…

The DA is better dead than red

The trouble is that it rang hollow following the official statement which spells out that the leader personally found Zille’s comments offensive and it was precisely because it was painful that the discussion had to be closed. As a result it is not clear which discussion should continue.

Read More…

Why some men rape and how to stop them - Rand Daily Mail, 13 June 2017

'The attitudes of those closest to us are our biggest threat. This means tackling our mores and customs'

Read More…

Business should stop short-changing itself and start fighting - Politicsweb, 12 June 2017

A recent survey by Brunswick, a consultancy firm, showed that 37% of South Africans were positive about capitalism. Given the rhetoric berating "white monopoly capitalism" this seems a high proportion. On the other hand, it chimes with surveys by the Institute of Race Relations showing that most people have more important things to worry about, especially unemployment.

Read More…

Smart cities a catalyst for social and economic development - Business Day, 08 June 2017

Metros work with private operators to deliver broadband, but law keeps provinces in the cold

Read More…

Du Preez, Zille and the political expedience of public intellectuals - News24, 08 June 2017

In a debate the goal of critical thinkers, let’s call them ‘public intellectuals’, and politicians must differ in one singularly important aspect: concerns about style and form belong to the politicians; substance must be the terrain of the public intellectual. Leave the politicians to worry about how the debate is spun in their favour, and the intelligentsia must worry about the integrity of the content of the debate. Max Du Preez’s article titled, “Dear Helen, please call it off” subordinates substance to expedience, an act that is nearly always shameful for a public intellectual, but sometimes necessary for a politician.

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