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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.

SONA 2017 press release – Race relations in South Africa still sound, but fraying at the edges

7 February 2017 – The IRR’s comprehensive field survey of public opinion on racial issues shows that only 3% of South Africans see racism as a serious unresolved problem. Most are far more concerned about unemployment (cited by 40%), poor service delivery (listed by 34%), inadequate housing (18%), crime (15%) and bad education (likewise cited by 15%).

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South Africa has made significant gains in racial transformation

6 February 2017 – The IRR’s transformation audit, in its January issue of Fast Facts, reveals that racial transformation of the South African workplace, asset ownership and state institutions has been significant and continues to improve.

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A Cuban model for South Africa’s Hate Speech Bill

31 January 2017 – Under the hate speech provisions in the Bill, any new equivalent of the Penny Sparrow comment comparing black beachgoers to monkeys could see its author jailed for up to three years. But a cartoon insulting President Jacob Zuma by drawing him with a showerhead fixed to his forehead could also see its author jailed for up to three years.

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South Africans spend almost 100 billion minutes talking on their mobile phones - IRR report

A new IRR report reveals the scale of South Africa’s mobile phone revolution.

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The NHI Proposal Risking Lives For No Good Reason

10 December 2016 – The proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system will fail to provide free and quality health services to all South Africans, says the IRR in a report published today.

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Should SA execute its most violent criminals? New IRR report provides some answers

22 November 2016 - The IRR has released a report on whether South Africa should reintroduce the death penalty. The report comes against a context of rising levels of serious and violent crime, often characterised by extraordinary cruelty and violence on the part of perpetrators. The current Rhodes Park murder and rape case would be an example.

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IRR says minimum wage will entrench structural unemployment

21 November 2016 - The proposed new minimum wage of R3 500 per month will do little to improve the circumstances of existing workers, while further limiting access to the labour market for unemployed people. This is according to analysts at the IRR.

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Poor carry brunt of SA’s water pollution burden – IRR report

15 November 2016 - The IRR has published a new policy paper on water pollution in South Africa and the impact that such pollution has on poor households.

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Life in South Africa much better than in 1994 – Think tank report

8 November 2016 - The IRR has released a report titled Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope, that sets out the social and economic progress our country has made since 1994. The report found progress in areas ranging from the economy to crime, education, healthcare and living standards.

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Going off the Rails: The Slide Towards the Lawless South African State

02 November 2016 - The founding ideals of post-apartheid South Africa are under serious threat as the state slides into lawlessness. This is the key finding of a report published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in Johannesburg this week.

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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.

SONA 2017 press release – Race relations in South Africa still sound, but fraying at the edges

7 February 2017 – The IRR’s comprehensive field survey of public opinion on racial issues shows that only 3% of South Africans see racism as a serious unresolved problem. Most are far more concerned about unemployment (cited by 40%), poor service delivery (listed by 34%), inadequate housing (18%), crime (15%) and bad education (likewise cited by 15%).

Read More…

South Africa has made significant gains in racial transformation

6 February 2017 – The IRR’s transformation audit, in its January issue of Fast Facts, reveals that racial transformation of the South African workplace, asset ownership and state institutions has been significant and continues to improve.

Read More…

A Cuban model for South Africa’s Hate Speech Bill

31 January 2017 – Under the hate speech provisions in the Bill, any new equivalent of the Penny Sparrow comment comparing black beachgoers to monkeys could see its author jailed for up to three years. But a cartoon insulting President Jacob Zuma by drawing him with a showerhead fixed to his forehead could also see its author jailed for up to three years.

Read More…

South Africans spend almost 100 billion minutes talking on their mobile phones - IRR report

A new IRR report reveals the scale of South Africa’s mobile phone revolution.

Read More…

The NHI Proposal Risking Lives For No Good Reason

10 December 2016 – The proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system will fail to provide free and quality health services to all South Africans, says the IRR in a report published today.

Read More…

Should SA execute its most violent criminals? New IRR report provides some answers

22 November 2016 - The IRR has released a report on whether South Africa should reintroduce the death penalty. The report comes against a context of rising levels of serious and violent crime, often characterised by extraordinary cruelty and violence on the part of perpetrators. The current Rhodes Park murder and rape case would be an example.

Read More…

IRR says minimum wage will entrench structural unemployment

21 November 2016 - The proposed new minimum wage of R3 500 per month will do little to improve the circumstances of existing workers, while further limiting access to the labour market for unemployed people. This is according to analysts at the IRR.

Read More…

Poor carry brunt of SA’s water pollution burden – IRR report

15 November 2016 - The IRR has published a new policy paper on water pollution in South Africa and the impact that such pollution has on poor households.

Read More…

Life in South Africa much better than in 1994 – Think tank report

8 November 2016 - The IRR has released a report titled Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope, that sets out the social and economic progress our country has made since 1994. The report found progress in areas ranging from the economy to crime, education, healthcare and living standards.

Read More…

Going off the Rails: The Slide Towards the Lawless South African State

02 November 2016 - The founding ideals of post-apartheid South Africa are under serious threat as the state slides into lawlessness. This is the key finding of a report published by the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in Johannesburg this week.

Read More…

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