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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.

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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Government is on the brink of fiscal catastrophe – IRR report

22 February 2017 – IRR COO Gwen Ngwenya said the budget presented by the Minister of Finance yesterday suggested “a government at the brink of fiscal catastrophe and without a plan for either growth or austerity”.

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Yet another commodity boom might pass us by

16 February 2017 – The unexpected uptick in commodity prices should provide a great boost to South Africa's mining industry, says the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in a paper published yesterday.

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Mining does not get the credit it deserves for its contribution to the South African economy

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).

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SONA 2017 Press Release – South Africa's silver lining

8 February 2017 – With the State of the Nation 2017 a day away, thoughts turn once again to the serious challenges facing South Africa. Regular readers of our reports and users of our briefing services will know just how serious those challenges are. But, according to an IRR report released today, there is a ‘silver lining’ as the country has also made progress in terms of the economy, the world of work, living standards and service delivery, education, health and crime.

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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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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.

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…

Government is on the brink of fiscal catastrophe – IRR report

22 February 2017 – IRR COO Gwen Ngwenya said the budget presented by the Minister of Finance yesterday suggested “a government at the brink of fiscal catastrophe and without a plan for either growth or austerity”.

Read More…

Yet another commodity boom might pass us by

16 February 2017 – The unexpected uptick in commodity prices should provide a great boost to South Africa's mining industry, says the Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in a paper published yesterday.

Read More…

Mining does not get the credit it deserves for its contribution to the South African economy

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).

Read More…

SONA 2017 Press Release – South Africa's silver lining

8 February 2017 – With the State of the Nation 2017 a day away, thoughts turn once again to the serious challenges facing South Africa. Regular readers of our reports and users of our briefing services will know just how serious those challenges are. But, according to an IRR report released today, there is a ‘silver lining’ as the country has also made progress in terms of the economy, the world of work, living standards and service delivery, education, health and crime.

Read More…

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.

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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.

Read More…

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