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Every week we reach hundreds of thousands of people through placing arguments in the media in support of the principles we stand for. No other advocacy group in the country does as much as we do to promote support for policies that defend your right, and that of your community, to make decisions about your own life free from counter-productive government interference.

A very BIG but very bad idea from the GOOD party - Politicsweb

6 September 2021 - Brett Herron, secretary-general of the GOOD party, recently wrote an article for Daily Maverick which that publication headlined “South Africa’s shocking jobless figures make a basic income grant a social, moral, and historical imperative”.

Open voter registration, not candidate lists – IRR

6 September 2021 - The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) calls on civil society and the news media to lead the drive to urge South Africans to register to vote. This is always important, all the more so during this election cycle in which the dominant party is effectively broke and the registration process has been repressed.

ANC signals triple threat to peaceful handover – IRR

3 September 2021 - The ANC has three major reasons to expect eye-watering electoral losses this year. First, party support declined by 8 basis points to 53.9% in the last municipal cycle (2011 – 2016) on the back of socio-economic and maladministration trends that have worsened since. At that rate it would fall to at least 46% this year, a rough guideline given the failure to reverse material decline in governance.

ConCourt holds ANC get-out-of-jail card – IRR

1 September 2021 - On Monday 30 August, the ANC sent papers to the Electoral Court asking for an order to reopen the candidate lists for municipal elections, but withdrew that appeal the next day. This means that the ANC will have to face the October 27 elections without candidates in over 90 municipalities, in part due to low morale among unpaid ANC staff, according to its own court papers.

Withdrawing extra-12% Job Tax a win with a warning – IRR

1 September 2021 - Social Development Minister Lindiwe Zulu has withdrawn her green paper proposal for a social security plan that would amount to an exorbitant extra income tax on workers. The plan was opposed by the IRR on the basis that it was unaffordable to working South Africans, that it would harm existing pension savings, and that it would fuel state capture v2.0 corruption. The plan was also opposed by other NGOs, political parties, and trade unions.

One-off tax not the answer as there’s more to the economy than money - Businesslive

30 August 2021 - Milling around outside the Cape presidential residence, then called Groote Schuur, awaiting the outcome of the first official meeting between the ANC and government in May 1990, I remember overhearing a conversation between a young activist fresh from the ranks of the Mass Democratic Movement and a curious foreign correspondent.

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