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Every year our analysts and policy experts, in promoting new ideas and policies, contribute a wide range of articles to newspapers across South Africa.

All animals are equal, except the Afrikaans ones - Politicsweb, 14 January 2018

In July 2016, that court criticised the civil rights group Afriforum for "advancing illegitimate sectarian interests through legal stratagems" by making use of the constitution and the courts. At issue was an attempt by Afriforum to prevent the changing of certain street names in Pretoria. This was held to be an intolerable attempt to perpetuate apartheid.

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Expropriation without compensation: about so much more than land - Voice 360, 12 January 2018

So goes the narrative around the controversial policy stance adopted by the ANC’s 54th elective conference last month. For supporters and detractors alike, it is a policy aimed at South Africa’s farmland and its farming economy, something which most of the country will watch – with anticipation or trepidation – from afar

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The Ideology Of Land Is The Seed Of A Poor Harvest - Huffington Post, 11 January 2018

In our contemporary setting, curbing rights to property will more likely deepen rather than alleviate poverty.

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South Africa 2018: What hope for reform? - PoliticsWeb, 10 January 2018

Frans Cronje says the country, and business, needs to get out of the current ideological rut.

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Robust property rights the key to tackling the legacy of dispossession - News24, 10 January 2018

As a policy direction, expropriation without compensation rests on the premise that the failure of South Africa’s land reform programme has substantively been the consequence of resistance, both direct and indirect. Since 1994, only around 10% of agricultural land has been transferred out of white ownership through state programmes. In this narrative, the state has had to negotiate a labyrinth deliberately constructed to stifle transformation. This includes uncooperative property owners, malicious and venal price inflation, these having been enabled by compromises made in the writing of the Constitution – a "compromise tilted heavily in favour of forces against change", as former Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi once put it. In some quarters, the very notion of private ownership is suspect.

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Ramaphosa, Here's The Real Reasons Why Land Reform Has Been An Epic Fail - Huffington Post, 10 January 2018

Advocating land grabs without compensation distracts from the real issue: farming is hard, risky and uncertain work.

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Letter to the Editor: If we address poverty, inequality will take care of itself - Daily Maveric, 09 January 2018

The political and economic environment, which addresses education, health and unemployment, is what changes inequality. By SARA GON

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Mining could still bridge SA's unemployment gap - BizCommunity, 09 Junuary 2018

As the year begins, there is little for South Africa's unemployed to celebrate. With an unemployment rate sitting at historic highs, and nothing in the country's current growth trajectory - riding at below 1% - millions of South Africans lack not only work, but the prospect of finding any. This lethal combination of deprivation and retarded prospects constitutes the single biggest threat to the country's future.

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Impeachment mirage must not derail no-confidence vote - Politcsweb, 07 January 2018

If nothing else, however, electoral considerations give the ANC an interest in getting rid of Mr Zuma as soon as possible. Whereas impeachment is a quasi-judicial process, at the end of which removal would require a two-thirds majority, there is a much swifter, cleaner, and simpler solution. This is the parliamentary no-confidence vote, which is a political remedy that requires only a simple majority

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Land expropriation without compensation: Implications of a seismic shift – BizNews, 05 January 2018

If there was ever any doubt that a reckless mishandling of land policy represented a real threat to South Africa’s future, the ANC’s recent national conference has put that to rest. Its resolution on land expropriation without compensation constitutes a profound danger not only to the agricultural sector, or to the economy as a whole, but to the rights and prospects of South Africa’s citizens.

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All animals are equal, except the Afrikaans ones - Politicsweb, 14 January 2018

In July 2016, that court criticised the civil rights group Afriforum for "advancing illegitimate sectarian interests through legal stratagems" by making use of the constitution and the courts. At issue was an attempt by Afriforum to prevent the changing of certain street names in Pretoria. This was held to be an intolerable attempt to perpetuate apartheid.

Read More…

Expropriation without compensation: about so much more than land - Voice 360, 12 January 2018

So goes the narrative around the controversial policy stance adopted by the ANC’s 54th elective conference last month. For supporters and detractors alike, it is a policy aimed at South Africa’s farmland and its farming economy, something which most of the country will watch – with anticipation or trepidation – from afar

Read More…

The Ideology Of Land Is The Seed Of A Poor Harvest - Huffington Post, 11 January 2018

In our contemporary setting, curbing rights to property will more likely deepen rather than alleviate poverty.

Read More…

South Africa 2018: What hope for reform? - PoliticsWeb, 10 January 2018

Frans Cronje says the country, and business, needs to get out of the current ideological rut.

Read More…

Robust property rights the key to tackling the legacy of dispossession - News24, 10 January 2018

As a policy direction, expropriation without compensation rests on the premise that the failure of South Africa’s land reform programme has substantively been the consequence of resistance, both direct and indirect. Since 1994, only around 10% of agricultural land has been transferred out of white ownership through state programmes. In this narrative, the state has had to negotiate a labyrinth deliberately constructed to stifle transformation. This includes uncooperative property owners, malicious and venal price inflation, these having been enabled by compromises made in the writing of the Constitution – a "compromise tilted heavily in favour of forces against change", as former Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi once put it. In some quarters, the very notion of private ownership is suspect.

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Ramaphosa, Here's The Real Reasons Why Land Reform Has Been An Epic Fail - Huffington Post, 10 January 2018

Advocating land grabs without compensation distracts from the real issue: farming is hard, risky and uncertain work.

Read More…

Letter to the Editor: If we address poverty, inequality will take care of itself - Daily Maveric, 09 January 2018

The political and economic environment, which addresses education, health and unemployment, is what changes inequality. By SARA GON

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Mining could still bridge SA's unemployment gap - BizCommunity, 09 Junuary 2018

As the year begins, there is little for South Africa's unemployed to celebrate. With an unemployment rate sitting at historic highs, and nothing in the country's current growth trajectory - riding at below 1% - millions of South Africans lack not only work, but the prospect of finding any. This lethal combination of deprivation and retarded prospects constitutes the single biggest threat to the country's future.

Read More…

Impeachment mirage must not derail no-confidence vote - Politcsweb, 07 January 2018

If nothing else, however, electoral considerations give the ANC an interest in getting rid of Mr Zuma as soon as possible. Whereas impeachment is a quasi-judicial process, at the end of which removal would require a two-thirds majority, there is a much swifter, cleaner, and simpler solution. This is the parliamentary no-confidence vote, which is a political remedy that requires only a simple majority

Read More…

Land expropriation without compensation: Implications of a seismic shift – BizNews, 05 January 2018

If there was ever any doubt that a reckless mishandling of land policy represented a real threat to South Africa’s future, the ANC’s recent national conference has put that to rest. Its resolution on land expropriation without compensation constitutes a profound danger not only to the agricultural sector, or to the economy as a whole, but to the rights and prospects of South Africa’s citizens.

Read More…

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