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Another Tribute to Lawrence Schlemmer - 3rd November 2011.

Professor Hermann Giliomee, one of Professor Lawrence Schlemmer’s fellow Vice Presidents of the Institute, delivered this tribute at Lawrence Schlemmer’s funeral service in Hout Bay on 31st October 2011.

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Tribute to Lawrie Schlemmer, 1936 - 2011 - 28th October 2011.

Professor Lawrence Schlemmer, President of the Institute from 1983 to 1985 and at the time of his death Vice President and a member of our Board and governing Council, died in Cape Town on 26th October. This tribute was written by Professor R W Johnson.

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Research and Policy Brief: Revealing the Master Plan: What the ANC has in store for South Africa, 28th September 2011.

Research and Policy Brief: Revealing the Master Plan: What the ANC has in store for South Africa, 28th September 2011.

Address by John Kane-Berman, chief executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, to Institute members and guests at the Country Club, Johannesburg, on 28 September 2011

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Research and Policy Brief: ‘Green monster’ could wreck both property rights and the rule of law - 1st September 2011.

The green paper on land reform, finally made public on 31st August 2011, is part of a new assault on the Constitution and the rule of law.

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Research and Policy Brief: Forewarned is forearmed - 23rd June 2011.

In this speech to the AGM of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg on 23rd June 2011, John Kane-Berman begins with Trevor Manuel’s National Planning Commission. He then poses 16 questions about South Africa's future. Thirdly, he shows where Mr Julius Malema fits in. Finally, he suggests how business and others might act to halt South Africa's downward slide.

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Research and Policy Brief: Why the Firearms Control Act failed and what should be done about it - 21st June 2011.

In 2004 the South African Government implemented new gun control legislation in the Firearms Control Act. The Act required licensed firearms owners in the country to relicense their weapons over a period of five years. The legislation was billed by the Government as a response to South Africa’s high violent crime levels. It was widely hailed by South Africa’s anti-gun lobby and even endorsed by the respected Institute for Security Studies. However, five years down the line the Government has been forced to admit that its efforts in relicensing legal guns have been beset by backlogs, delays, and disorder.

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Research and Policy Brief: Open letter to the Minister of Police on the killing of Andries Tatane - 15th April 2011.

The Deputy Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Frans Cronje, wrote an open letter to the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, on the death of Andries Tatane during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg on the 13th of April 2011.

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Research and Policy Brief: Open letter to the Minister of Police on the killing of Andries Tatane - 15th April 2011.

The Deputy Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Frans Cronje, wrote an open letter to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on the killing of Andries Tatane in Ficksburg on the 13th of April 2011.

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Research and Policy Brief: Property Rights: New Threats, Lost Opportunities, and New Challenges - 31st March 2011.

Speech by John Kane-Berman, chief executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, at the launch of the 2011 edition of the International Property Rights Index by the Free Market Foundation, 30th March 2011.

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Research and Policy Brief: South Africa: Finding a Way Forward - 28th March 2011.

The Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, John Kane-Berman, recently delivered the keynote addess to a SwissCham Southern Africa meeting on South Africa’s future prospects.

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Research and Policy Brief: Practical Ramifications of the Government's Four Labour Bills - 22nd March 2011.

The Government’s New Growth Path envisages the creation of 5m new jobs by 2020. Instead, however, the four labour bills approved by the Cabinet in December 2010 are likely to put an end to the millions of atypical or temporary jobs that have proliferated in the past decade, largely in response to already rigid labour laws.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Five Bills Building State and Union Power - 8th February 2011.

The Cabinet used the festive season to unveil five new bills: four on labour, one on land. All five supposedly aim to help the poor, but their predictable effect will be to worsen unemployment and build dependence on the State. Apart from the controversial Protection of Information Bill, these five bills are the first major legislative intervention by President Jacob Zuma’s administration. They bode ill for South Africa, as the Institute’s in-house legal expert, Dr Anthea Jeffery, explained at a briefing in Johannesburg on 8th February 2011.

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Research and Policy Brief: 'Model C' is the model to emulate - 1st February 2011.

The odds of a pupil, regardless of race, passing matric increase significantly when they attend a former 'Model C' school, compared to those who attend other types of schools.

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Research and Policy Brief: Residential property ownership in Gauteng - 10th December 2010.

Property ownership is a key part of any free and open society. Property is also a source of income, equity, and savings for many households. Yet available data suggests that relatively few households in Gauteng, even those earning relatively high salaries, may ever come to finance and own their own home. This paper produces a rough estimate of how many households in Gauteng can afford to finance and therefore own residential property.

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Research and Policy Brief: The Case for South Africa - 29th November 2010.

Recent months have seen an increasing number of people question the political and economic trajectory of our country. Once silent parties, such as organized business and the black middle classes, have come to display a new openness in echoing concerns that were previously the preserve of a handful of ‘conservative’ opinion makers in the country. Even the media, which had long been the Government’s handmaiden on introducing ever more interventionist policy and regulation into almost every facet of our country, has become a great deal more critical. In the international community once liberal opinion has turned against the ruling African National Congress. It is now common to hear senior diplomats and executives of multinational firms express grave concerns about our future. Today the ANCs own allies talk about having to save the country from a ‘crisis’. However a case can still be made, and now more than ever needs to be made, that despite our many challenges the future of our country is not as bleak as many are making it out to be.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Unemployment's Statistical Illusion - 17th November 2010

Unemployment remains a central obstacle to South Africa’s attaining the ANC’s 1994 promise of a ‘better life for all’. The current rate of unemployment is officially recorded at approximately 25%. This is significantly higher than that of almost any other comparable developing economy. Among young black African South Africans the figure now climbs to over 50%. Generating an environment to boost employment therefore remains a major policy priority for the Government as evidenced by the recently announced “new growth plan” and its target to create five million net new jobs over the next decade. Yet boosting levels of employment may perversely require a rise in unemployment before employment levels are able to show any substantial future growth.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Government should privatise land reform - 2nd November 2010

The leaked green paper on land reform proposes a new policy to drive down land prices through new taxes, land holding restrictions, watered down land rights, capped land prices, and below market value expropriation. These radical proposals may have caused enough consternation within the Government to explain why it has missed its own deadlines in releasing the green paper. Hopefully there are some in Government who are cautioning about the risks of declining food production and rising food prices, which must surely follow the implementation of the new proposals. This is especially so in an environment that has already seen 90% of farming enterprises handed to black South Africans cease production and/or collapse. Against this background, the Government should perhaps consider something even more radical - privatising its land reform campaign.

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Research and Policy Brief: 'Loyale Verset?' The N.P. Van Wyk Louw Memorial Lecture by Professor Jonathan Jansen - 25th October 2010

Research and Policy Brief: 'Loyale Verset?' The N.P. Van Wyk Louw Memorial Lecture by Professor Jonathan Jansen - 25th October 2010

Professor Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State and president of the South African Institute of Race Relations, delivered the University of Johannesburg’s annual N.P. Van Wyk Louw memorial lecture last month. This important contribution to public debate forms the Research and Policy Brief for this week.

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Research and Policy Brief: Not just another BRIC in the wall - 14th October 2010

Emerging markets continue to feature prominently in global economic discussions on the back of perceived economic weaknesses in both the United Sates and the European Union. Perhaps the most prominent bloc of emerging markets is that made up of Brazil, Russia, India, and China - commonly referred to as BRIC. South Africa has long been wooing the four BRIC partners to be admitted to this very prominent club of emerging economies. Jacob Zuma has visited each BRIC partner since assuming South Africa’s presidency and admission to BRIC might be regarded as the central pillar of South African foreign policy under the Zuma administration. But does South Africa belong in this exclusive, if informal, club? This article looks at ten economic and living standards indicators in an attempt to find out.

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Research and Policy Brief: South Africa 2010 - Frequently Asked Questions. 30th September 2010.

The Institute delivers a range of briefings and scenario planning sessions to its subscribers. These are often followed by long question and answer sessions. Most of the briefings are delivered to groups involved in business and with significant investments in South Africa. We have also met with approximately 50 senior business leaders over the last six months. In this article we have written up the most common questions put to us over those six months together with our abbreviated answers.

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Research & Policy Briefs have evolved into the @Liberty reports. Click here to view them.

Another Tribute to Lawrence Schlemmer - 3rd November 2011.

Professor Hermann Giliomee, one of Professor Lawrence Schlemmer’s fellow Vice Presidents of the Institute, delivered this tribute at Lawrence Schlemmer’s funeral service in Hout Bay on 31st October 2011.

Read More…

Tribute to Lawrie Schlemmer, 1936 - 2011 - 28th October 2011.

Professor Lawrence Schlemmer, President of the Institute from 1983 to 1985 and at the time of his death Vice President and a member of our Board and governing Council, died in Cape Town on 26th October. This tribute was written by Professor R W Johnson.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Revealing the Master Plan: What the ANC has in store for South Africa, 28th September 2011.

Research and Policy Brief: Revealing the Master Plan: What the ANC has in store for South Africa, 28th September 2011.

Address by John Kane-Berman, chief executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, to Institute members and guests at the Country Club, Johannesburg, on 28 September 2011

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: ‘Green monster’ could wreck both property rights and the rule of law - 1st September 2011.

The green paper on land reform, finally made public on 31st August 2011, is part of a new assault on the Constitution and the rule of law.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Forewarned is forearmed - 23rd June 2011.

In this speech to the AGM of the Southern African-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Johannesburg on 23rd June 2011, John Kane-Berman begins with Trevor Manuel’s National Planning Commission. He then poses 16 questions about South Africa's future. Thirdly, he shows where Mr Julius Malema fits in. Finally, he suggests how business and others might act to halt South Africa's downward slide.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Why the Firearms Control Act failed and what should be done about it - 21st June 2011.

In 2004 the South African Government implemented new gun control legislation in the Firearms Control Act. The Act required licensed firearms owners in the country to relicense their weapons over a period of five years. The legislation was billed by the Government as a response to South Africa’s high violent crime levels. It was widely hailed by South Africa’s anti-gun lobby and even endorsed by the respected Institute for Security Studies. However, five years down the line the Government has been forced to admit that its efforts in relicensing legal guns have been beset by backlogs, delays, and disorder.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Open letter to the Minister of Police on the killing of Andries Tatane - 15th April 2011.

The Deputy Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Frans Cronje, wrote an open letter to the Minister of Police, Nathi Mthethwa, on the death of Andries Tatane during a service delivery protest in Ficksburg on the 13th of April 2011.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Open letter to the Minister of Police on the killing of Andries Tatane - 15th April 2011.

The Deputy Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, Frans Cronje, wrote an open letter to Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa on the killing of Andries Tatane in Ficksburg on the 13th of April 2011.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Property Rights: New Threats, Lost Opportunities, and New Challenges - 31st March 2011.

Speech by John Kane-Berman, chief executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, at the launch of the 2011 edition of the International Property Rights Index by the Free Market Foundation, 30th March 2011.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: South Africa: Finding a Way Forward - 28th March 2011.

The Chief Executive of the South African Institute of Race Relations, John Kane-Berman, recently delivered the keynote addess to a SwissCham Southern Africa meeting on South Africa’s future prospects.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Practical Ramifications of the Government's Four Labour Bills - 22nd March 2011.

The Government’s New Growth Path envisages the creation of 5m new jobs by 2020. Instead, however, the four labour bills approved by the Cabinet in December 2010 are likely to put an end to the millions of atypical or temporary jobs that have proliferated in the past decade, largely in response to already rigid labour laws.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Five Bills Building State and Union Power - 8th February 2011.

The Cabinet used the festive season to unveil five new bills: four on labour, one on land. All five supposedly aim to help the poor, but their predictable effect will be to worsen unemployment and build dependence on the State. Apart from the controversial Protection of Information Bill, these five bills are the first major legislative intervention by President Jacob Zuma’s administration. They bode ill for South Africa, as the Institute’s in-house legal expert, Dr Anthea Jeffery, explained at a briefing in Johannesburg on 8th February 2011.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: 'Model C' is the model to emulate - 1st February 2011.

The odds of a pupil, regardless of race, passing matric increase significantly when they attend a former 'Model C' school, compared to those who attend other types of schools.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Residential property ownership in Gauteng - 10th December 2010.

Property ownership is a key part of any free and open society. Property is also a source of income, equity, and savings for many households. Yet available data suggests that relatively few households in Gauteng, even those earning relatively high salaries, may ever come to finance and own their own home. This paper produces a rough estimate of how many households in Gauteng can afford to finance and therefore own residential property.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: The Case for South Africa - 29th November 2010.

Recent months have seen an increasing number of people question the political and economic trajectory of our country. Once silent parties, such as organized business and the black middle classes, have come to display a new openness in echoing concerns that were previously the preserve of a handful of ‘conservative’ opinion makers in the country. Even the media, which had long been the Government’s handmaiden on introducing ever more interventionist policy and regulation into almost every facet of our country, has become a great deal more critical. In the international community once liberal opinion has turned against the ruling African National Congress. It is now common to hear senior diplomats and executives of multinational firms express grave concerns about our future. Today the ANCs own allies talk about having to save the country from a ‘crisis’. However a case can still be made, and now more than ever needs to be made, that despite our many challenges the future of our country is not as bleak as many are making it out to be.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Unemployment's Statistical Illusion - 17th November 2010

Unemployment remains a central obstacle to South Africa’s attaining the ANC’s 1994 promise of a ‘better life for all’. The current rate of unemployment is officially recorded at approximately 25%. This is significantly higher than that of almost any other comparable developing economy. Among young black African South Africans the figure now climbs to over 50%. Generating an environment to boost employment therefore remains a major policy priority for the Government as evidenced by the recently announced “new growth plan” and its target to create five million net new jobs over the next decade. Yet boosting levels of employment may perversely require a rise in unemployment before employment levels are able to show any substantial future growth.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Government should privatise land reform - 2nd November 2010

The leaked green paper on land reform proposes a new policy to drive down land prices through new taxes, land holding restrictions, watered down land rights, capped land prices, and below market value expropriation. These radical proposals may have caused enough consternation within the Government to explain why it has missed its own deadlines in releasing the green paper. Hopefully there are some in Government who are cautioning about the risks of declining food production and rising food prices, which must surely follow the implementation of the new proposals. This is especially so in an environment that has already seen 90% of farming enterprises handed to black South Africans cease production and/or collapse. Against this background, the Government should perhaps consider something even more radical - privatising its land reform campaign.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: 'Loyale Verset?' The N.P. Van Wyk Louw Memorial Lecture by Professor Jonathan Jansen - 25th October 2010

Research and Policy Brief: 'Loyale Verset?' The N.P. Van Wyk Louw Memorial Lecture by Professor Jonathan Jansen - 25th October 2010

Professor Jonathan Jansen, vice-chancellor and rector of the University of the Free State and president of the South African Institute of Race Relations, delivered the University of Johannesburg’s annual N.P. Van Wyk Louw memorial lecture last month. This important contribution to public debate forms the Research and Policy Brief for this week.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: Not just another BRIC in the wall - 14th October 2010

Emerging markets continue to feature prominently in global economic discussions on the back of perceived economic weaknesses in both the United Sates and the European Union. Perhaps the most prominent bloc of emerging markets is that made up of Brazil, Russia, India, and China - commonly referred to as BRIC. South Africa has long been wooing the four BRIC partners to be admitted to this very prominent club of emerging economies. Jacob Zuma has visited each BRIC partner since assuming South Africa’s presidency and admission to BRIC might be regarded as the central pillar of South African foreign policy under the Zuma administration. But does South Africa belong in this exclusive, if informal, club? This article looks at ten economic and living standards indicators in an attempt to find out.

Read More…

Research and Policy Brief: South Africa 2010 - Frequently Asked Questions. 30th September 2010.

The Institute delivers a range of briefings and scenario planning sessions to its subscribers. These are often followed by long question and answer sessions. Most of the briefings are delivered to groups involved in business and with significant investments in South Africa. We have also met with approximately 50 senior business leaders over the last six months. In this article we have written up the most common questions put to us over those six months together with our abbreviated answers.

Read More…

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