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15 February 2017 – South Africa's mining industry must start blowing its own trumpet. The mining sector does not get the credit it deserves for its contribution to the South African economy, says a paper published today by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR).
20 September 2016 - Well-run companies are seldom in the news. They satisfy the needs of their customers, making profi ts as a result. Some of South Africa’s biggest state-owned companies are seldom out of the news, however.
16 August 2016 - The Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) says it wants to ‘re-imagine the mining industry’ and turn it into ‘a sun- rise one for 100 years to come’. It hopes to achieve this, in part at least, via the draft reviewed mining charter it unexpectedly unveiled in April 2016.
26 May 2016 – South Africa needs to redesign its land reform policy to pay far more attention to the essential ingredients of entrepreneurship and training, says the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in a paper published in Johannesburg this week.
6 April 2016 – Since 2013 the government has already ratcheted up its employment equity, black economic empowerment (BEE), and land reform policies in a host of ways. However, as an IRR field survey now shows, most South Africans (85%) gain nothing from these policies.
24 November 2015 – “Our planet faces many environmental threats, such as over-fishing in our oceans and the devastation of wild animals in Africa. But man-made climate change is no threat at all,” writes engineer and energy expert Andrew Kenny in the latest issue of @Liberty, the policy bulletin of the IRR.
10 November 2015 – South Africa’s water shortage is not simply the result of the current drought, says water expert Dr Anthony Turton in an analysis published in @Liberty, the policy bulletin of the IRR (Institute of Race Relations).
21 October 2015 – Significant economic and environmental benefits could accrue to South Africa and to poor communities, in particular, if waste policy was more effective in helping to extract the ‘dead capital’ to be found in waste products.
6 October 2015 – The Government’s current housing policy is both costly and ineffective. Mary R Tomlinson seeks to explain the housing conundrum and offers some thoughts on how it might be resolved.
24 June 2015 – Job security for some has been achieved at the price of unemployment for others who might have benefited from a more adaptable and flexible regulatory environment.
18 March 2015 – South Africa’s precarious electricity supply presents a national crisis. The desperate shortage of electricity is crippling our economy. Because of inadequate generation capacity, our existing power stations, now creaking with age and wear, are being run into the ground and failing more and more often.
4 March 2015 – The Expropriation Bill of 2015 again gives the State the power to take ownership and possession of property of virtually any kind by notice to the owner – and without a prior court order confirming the validity of the expropriation.
26 November 2014 – There is a need for a non-racial form of affirmative action in employment instead of the present race-based system.
12 November 2014 – The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) is pushing ahead with proposals to bypass and undermine patents in the health sector and beyond.
29 October 2014 - The State is seeking wide powers to take or bypass patent rights. Patents are important because they help to quicken the growth rate, generate jobs, and counter poverty.
14 October 2014 - True economic freedom stimulates investment and employment. It makes for faster economic growth and increased prosperity for all, including the poorest 10%. The EFF's call to expropriate land and nationalise mines, banks, and other businesses shows that it has no understanding of economic freedom.
9 September 2014 - South Africa should introduce a comprehensive system of educational vouchers to level the educational playing field, says the IRR (Institute of Race Relations). The vouchers – which could be spent solely on education – would be tantamount to a universal bursary system.
Property rights are under threat from a Constitutional Court decision on mining rights in 2013. This threat has since been compounded by the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill of 2013, which is soon to be sent to the Cabinet for approval.