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@Liberty - Deep and dangerous: Health and safety in our mines

The latest @Liberty report from the IRR (Institute of Race Relations) – “Deep and Dangerous: Health and Safety in Our Mines” – seeks to explain the current safety and health rules and explore the ways in which they are being implemented.

Written by the IRR’s head of policy research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, the report aims to identify some policy reforms that might help strike a more appropriate balance in safeguarding both the country’s mineworkers and the sustainability of the mining companies for which they work.

@Liberty - Pressing ahead with NHI implementation

There is still no clarity on what the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system will cost, how it will be financed, how the supply of health services can be ramped up to match increased demand, how the enormous administrative burden will be met, or how the corruption the new system will foster can be curbed.

In March 2017 the Davis Tax Committee also warned (in a report which it finally made public last week) that the NHI was ‘unlikely to be sustainable unless there was sustained economic growth’. The government is nevertheless busily pressing ahead with NHI implementation.

@Liberty - A new approach to empowerment in mining

06 Septemeber 2017 - The new charter identifies its ownership, skills development, and community upliftment elements as ‘ring-fenced’ elements with which mining companies must demonstrate ‘100% compliance at all times’. These targets apply ‘throughout the duration of a mining right’, which is generally 30 years.

@Liberty – Free trade: A blessing reviled

25 May 2017 – In a paper released in Johannesburg today, the IRR said that trade liberalisation had helped to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. "To finally conquer poverty across the globe," further trade liberalisation was an absolutely essential condition.

@Liberty – EED is for real empowerment, whereas BEE has failed

4 April 2017 – Whether President Jacob Zuma stays or goes in response to the public outcry over his firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan is important for many issues, including the terms of any nuclear deal with Russia. However, it will have no impact on South Africa’s most pressing policy challenge of all – how to empower the disadvantaged, says the IRR in a new report published today.

@Liberty – Diamonds and All That: The Contribution of Mining to South Africa

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).

@Liberty - Privatisation or bust

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.

@Liberty - ‘Re-imagining the mining industry’

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.

@Liberty – From land to farming: bringing land reform down to earth

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.

@Liberty – BEE doesn't work, but EED would

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.

@Liberty – Climate change science and the climate change scare

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.

@Liberty – Sitting on the Horns of a Dilemma – Water as a Strategic Resource in South Africa

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).

@Liberty – Circular economies – Turning waste into worth

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.

@Liberty – South Africa's Housing Conundrum

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.

@Liberty – Give the poor back their right to work: a 10-point plan for jobs

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.

@Liberty – The rise and fall of Eskom – and how to fix it now

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.

@Liberty – The Expropriation Bill is back and it's still unconstitutional

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.

@Liberty – Non-Racial Affirmative Action in Employment

26 November 2014 – There is a need for a non-racial form of affirmative action in employment instead of the present race-based system.

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@Liberty - Deep and dangerous: Health and safety in our mines

The latest @Liberty report from the IRR (Institute of Race Relations) – “Deep and Dangerous: Health and Safety in Our Mines” – seeks to explain the current safety and health rules and explore the ways in which they are being implemented.

Written by the IRR’s head of policy research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, the report aims to identify some policy reforms that might help strike a more appropriate balance in safeguarding both the country’s mineworkers and the sustainability of the mining companies for which they work.

@Liberty - Pressing ahead with NHI implementation

There is still no clarity on what the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system will cost, how it will be financed, how the supply of health services can be ramped up to match increased demand, how the enormous administrative burden will be met, or how the corruption the new system will foster can be curbed.

In March 2017 the Davis Tax Committee also warned (in a report which it finally made public last week) that the NHI was ‘unlikely to be sustainable unless there was sustained economic growth’. The government is nevertheless busily pressing ahead with NHI implementation.

@Liberty - A new approach to empowerment in mining

06 Septemeber 2017 - The new charter identifies its ownership, skills development, and community upliftment elements as ‘ring-fenced’ elements with which mining companies must demonstrate ‘100% compliance at all times’. These targets apply ‘throughout the duration of a mining right’, which is generally 30 years.

@Liberty – Free trade: A blessing reviled

25 May 2017 – In a paper released in Johannesburg today, the IRR said that trade liberalisation had helped to lift hundreds of millions of people out of poverty. "To finally conquer poverty across the globe," further trade liberalisation was an absolutely essential condition.

@Liberty – EED is for real empowerment, whereas BEE has failed

4 April 2017 – Whether President Jacob Zuma stays or goes in response to the public outcry over his firing of finance minister Pravin Gordhan is important for many issues, including the terms of any nuclear deal with Russia. However, it will have no impact on South Africa’s most pressing policy challenge of all – how to empower the disadvantaged, says the IRR in a new report published today.

@Liberty – Diamonds and All That: The Contribution of Mining to South Africa

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).

@Liberty - Privatisation or bust

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.

@Liberty - ‘Re-imagining the mining industry’

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.

@Liberty – From land to farming: bringing land reform down to earth

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.

@Liberty – BEE doesn't work, but EED would

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.

@Liberty – Climate change science and the climate change scare

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.

@Liberty – Sitting on the Horns of a Dilemma – Water as a Strategic Resource in South Africa

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).

@Liberty – Circular economies – Turning waste into worth

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.

@Liberty – South Africa's Housing Conundrum

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.

@Liberty – Give the poor back their right to work: a 10-point plan for jobs

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.

@Liberty – The rise and fall of Eskom – and how to fix it now

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.

@Liberty – The Expropriation Bill is back and it's still unconstitutional

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.

@Liberty – Non-Racial Affirmative Action in Employment

26 November 2014 – There is a need for a non-racial form of affirmative action in employment instead of the present race-based system.

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