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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.

Bringing land reform down to earth

26 May 2016 – Neither land nor farming should be romanticised. Entrepreneurship is critical to turning an inert and often barren, dry, and rocky piece of land into a productive farm. But land itself is only the starting point: without all the other inputs – from finance for seeds and fertiliser and implements, to water rights, access to markets, and know-how – no farmer will produce very much.

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Land reform without tears

24 May 2016 – Miraculously, despite the Land Acts, South Africa is in the fortunate position that demand for farm land can probably be met without the disruptions, risks, and costs of radical redistribution.

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Give provinces more policymaking authority

16 May 2016 – The IRR has released a comparative social and economic report of South Africa’s nine provinces.

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Few benefit from South Africa's empowerment policies

6 April 2016 – A report published by the IRR today notes that very few South Africans benefit from current empowerment polices. Since these policies have failed to benefit the poor and disadvantaged, few people support them either.

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IRR report warns on growth forecasts, debt and deficit levels

4 April 2016 – A report released by the IRR has warned that Treasury growth forecasts to 2018 may be on the high side, and that there is a considerable degree of risk that deficit and debt targets set out in the recent budget will not be achieved.

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IRR response to Jacob Zuma comments this evening

1 April 2016 – Our considered view is that the Zuma exit is likely to be a far more orderly and less dramatic departure – staged over the next 18 months – than the sudden once off announcement some analysts anticipated for this evening.

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IRR warns on fuel price hike

23 March 2016 – The IRR has warned that if the Rand and oil prices remain at their current levels motorists could expect a fuel price hike of 41c/litre in April. On top of that the increase in the fuel levy announced by the finance minister in his recent budget speech could see motorists paying between 70c/litre and 80c/litre more for fuel.

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IRR stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with HSF after raid – warns of 'David versus Goliath' battle to safeguard democracy

22 March 2016 – The IRR has noted the raid on the offices of the Helen Suzman Foundation. The IRR said it had little doubt the raid was a covert operation by rogue State security forces.

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IRR urges lawmakers to act on ‘prisoners of poverty’ in South Africa’s jails

15 March 2016 – According to the South Africa Survey 2016 published by the IRR last month, some 7 468 detainees were held in South African jails in 2015 because they could not afford to raise bail.

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Schools present single biggest obstacle to living standards advancement – IRR

7 March 2016 – Children in South Africa continue to be let down by the poor quality of most public schools. This is the single biggest obstacle to creating a more prosperous and equal society.

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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.

Bringing land reform down to earth

26 May 2016 – Neither land nor farming should be romanticised. Entrepreneurship is critical to turning an inert and often barren, dry, and rocky piece of land into a productive farm. But land itself is only the starting point: without all the other inputs – from finance for seeds and fertiliser and implements, to water rights, access to markets, and know-how – no farmer will produce very much.

Read More…

Land reform without tears

24 May 2016 – Miraculously, despite the Land Acts, South Africa is in the fortunate position that demand for farm land can probably be met without the disruptions, risks, and costs of radical redistribution.

Read More…

Give provinces more policymaking authority

16 May 2016 – The IRR has released a comparative social and economic report of South Africa’s nine provinces.

Read More…

Few benefit from South Africa's empowerment policies

6 April 2016 – A report published by the IRR today notes that very few South Africans benefit from current empowerment polices. Since these policies have failed to benefit the poor and disadvantaged, few people support them either.

Read More…

IRR report warns on growth forecasts, debt and deficit levels

4 April 2016 – A report released by the IRR has warned that Treasury growth forecasts to 2018 may be on the high side, and that there is a considerable degree of risk that deficit and debt targets set out in the recent budget will not be achieved.

Read More…

IRR response to Jacob Zuma comments this evening

1 April 2016 – Our considered view is that the Zuma exit is likely to be a far more orderly and less dramatic departure – staged over the next 18 months – than the sudden once off announcement some analysts anticipated for this evening.

Read More…

IRR warns on fuel price hike

23 March 2016 – The IRR has warned that if the Rand and oil prices remain at their current levels motorists could expect a fuel price hike of 41c/litre in April. On top of that the increase in the fuel levy announced by the finance minister in his recent budget speech could see motorists paying between 70c/litre and 80c/litre more for fuel.

Read More…

IRR stands 'shoulder to shoulder' with HSF after raid – warns of 'David versus Goliath' battle to safeguard democracy

22 March 2016 – The IRR has noted the raid on the offices of the Helen Suzman Foundation. The IRR said it had little doubt the raid was a covert operation by rogue State security forces.

Read More…

IRR urges lawmakers to act on ‘prisoners of poverty’ in South Africa’s jails

15 March 2016 – According to the South Africa Survey 2016 published by the IRR last month, some 7 468 detainees were held in South African jails in 2015 because they could not afford to raise bail.

Read More…

Schools present single biggest obstacle to living standards advancement – IRR

7 March 2016 – Children in South Africa continue to be let down by the poor quality of most public schools. This is the single biggest obstacle to creating a more prosperous and equal society.

Read More…

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