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The IRR puts out in the region of 50 media releases annually drawing attention to its major research and policy findings.
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Media Releases

The IRR puts out in the region of 50 media releases annually drawing attention to its major research and policy findings.

In addition you are welcome, as a journalist, to contact an IRR analyst at any time to help you source a piece of information on South Africa. Contact us for more info.

Soft infrastructure flaws underpin lukewarm global competitiveness

13 April 2017 – Education and healthcare failings are adversely effecting South Africa’s competitiveness as an investment destination in a globalised world. This is according to a Fast Facts report released today by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR).

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Rating downgrade risks triggering a series of economic setbacks for South Africa

3 April 2017 – The IRR says the decision this evening by S&P Global Ratings to cut South Africa’s long term foreign currency sovereign credit rating to speculative grade or ‘junk status’ risks triggering a series of economic setbacks that will affect the living standards of all South Africans directly.

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Whether Jacob Zuma stays or goes, the empowerment challenge will remain

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.

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Jacob Zuma has released a statement announcing sweeping changes to his cabinet 

31 March 2017 – The most important change is that Malusi Gigaba has replaced Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance while Sfiso Buthelezi has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Finance.

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The IRR is deeply saddened by the passing of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada

28 March 2017 – The IRR is deeply saddened by the passing of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada this morning. Mr Kathrada made great sacrifices to defeat apartheid, and will be remembered for his warmth, courage and determination.

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Invitation to IRR Media Briefing – EED is for real empowerment, whereas BEE has failed

28 March 2017 – BEE helps only a small ‘elite’. This has once again been confirmed by an IRR field survey which shows that almost 90% of people say they have drawn no benefit from BEE.

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Gordhan recall may herald reshuffle, policy swings – IRR analysts

27 March 2017 – IRR analysts believe the move to be a political power play by factions of the African National Congress (ANC) aligned with the President, and what is loosely described as the Eastern Bloc of that party.

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IRR Press Release: Contradictions reflect ideological splits within the ANC

27 March 2017 – Flashes of common sense bring out contradictions in the ANC's latest policy documents.

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What will South Africa lose if all immigrants are sent home?

13 March 2017 – Most refugees and immigrants who come to South Africa seeking a better life, manage to do so. This report investigates how they achieve the seemingly impossible and what South Africans can learn from this.

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IRR calls for extension of ICC submission deadline

1 March 2017 – The IRR has today written to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services to make the point that the time afforded for submissions on the proposed Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act Repeal Bill is too short.

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In addition you are welcome, as a journalist, to contact an IRR analyst at any time to help you source a piece of information on South Africa. Contact us for more info.

Soft infrastructure flaws underpin lukewarm global competitiveness

13 April 2017 – Education and healthcare failings are adversely effecting South Africa’s competitiveness as an investment destination in a globalised world. This is according to a Fast Facts report released today by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR).

Read More…

Rating downgrade risks triggering a series of economic setbacks for South Africa

3 April 2017 – The IRR says the decision this evening by S&P Global Ratings to cut South Africa’s long term foreign currency sovereign credit rating to speculative grade or ‘junk status’ risks triggering a series of economic setbacks that will affect the living standards of all South Africans directly.

Read More…

Whether Jacob Zuma stays or goes, the empowerment challenge will remain

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.

Read More…

Jacob Zuma has released a statement announcing sweeping changes to his cabinet 

31 March 2017 – The most important change is that Malusi Gigaba has replaced Pravin Gordhan as Minister of Finance while Sfiso Buthelezi has been appointed as the Deputy Minister of Finance.

Read More…

The IRR is deeply saddened by the passing of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada

28 March 2017 – The IRR is deeply saddened by the passing of Ahmed Mohamed Kathrada this morning. Mr Kathrada made great sacrifices to defeat apartheid, and will be remembered for his warmth, courage and determination.

Read More…

Invitation to IRR Media Briefing – EED is for real empowerment, whereas BEE has failed

28 March 2017 – BEE helps only a small ‘elite’. This has once again been confirmed by an IRR field survey which shows that almost 90% of people say they have drawn no benefit from BEE.

Read More…

Gordhan recall may herald reshuffle, policy swings – IRR analysts

27 March 2017 – IRR analysts believe the move to be a political power play by factions of the African National Congress (ANC) aligned with the President, and what is loosely described as the Eastern Bloc of that party.

Read More…

IRR Press Release: Contradictions reflect ideological splits within the ANC

27 March 2017 – Flashes of common sense bring out contradictions in the ANC's latest policy documents.

Read More…

What will South Africa lose if all immigrants are sent home?

13 March 2017 – Most refugees and immigrants who come to South Africa seeking a better life, manage to do so. This report investigates how they achieve the seemingly impossible and what South Africans can learn from this.

Read More…

IRR calls for extension of ICC submission deadline

1 March 2017 – The IRR has today written to the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services to make the point that the time afforded for submissions on the proposed Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court Act Repeal Bill is too short.

Read More…

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