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Our own writing in the media

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

Let the people own the land - News24, 04 Febrary 2018

To see expropriation without compensation as a solution is to miss the point entirely. The constitutional requirement to pay compensation for land acquired has not been a hindrance to land reform.

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Will ‘Ramaphosa effect’ save SA from taxing itself into prosperity? -The Citizen, 03 February 2018

In the light of increased capital flows, rand strengthening and an upwardly revised economic growth rate following Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC leader, the challenge will be to rein in exuberance, and not to allow improved sentiment to lead to consolidation complacency and an over-estimation of the extent to which improved sentiment will broaden the tax base through job creation, or lead to higher private sector wage increases or bonuses.

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Op-Ed: Expropriation without compensation – a conference to discuss the wrong issues - Daily Maverick, 02 February 2018

A conference on expropriation without compensation – which deputy minister of rural development and land reform Mcebisi Skwatsha says is to be convened by the ruling ANC – would serve merely to push South Africa down a fruitless blind alley while avoiding the key reasons why land reform has failed to live up to its expectations.

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This Is What We Can All Learn From Our Best Township Schools - Huffington Post, 01 February 2018

Poverty, in the conventional view, explains why township schools are at the bottom of the class – but the exceptions prove otherwise.

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Capitec a possible victim of SA’s trust deficit - Fin24, 31 January 2018

Capitec and the South African Reserve Bank responded strongly and swiftly to Viceroy’s report - but whatever the veracity of certain details or one's opinion on Capitec’s business model, there is much about Viceroy’s modus operandi that triggers alarm bells of an attempt to provoke market panic, even if not an attempt to short and distort.

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Strong support among ANC voters for Ramaphosa, ‘pro-business’ policies – BizNews, 31 January 2018

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has won many plaudits for insisting on the immediate replacement of the Eskom board, inducing President Jacob Zuma to appoint the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, promising the prosecution of those implicated, and assuring the World Economic Forum at Davos that South Africa has turned over a new leaf and is open for business once again

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Op-Ed: Ramaphosa in Davos – will he heed the lessons as Mandela did? - Daily Maverick, 25 January 2018

Given the reasons for which South Africa’s State-owned Enterprises have been much in the news of late, we should be grateful that Mandela heeded the warnings on nationalisation. The land reform experiences in Vietnam and China are particularly instructive. Both of these fed on real grievances on the part of the peasantry – but were so overpowered by ideology that their outcomes, quite predictably, exacted huge costs.

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The road to Vrede - Politicsweb, 25 January 2018

Perhaps the key idea here is not about whether land reform should take place, but its terms and objectives. ‘The “land question”,’ they write, ‘strikes a chord for many people and serves as a potent symbol of persistent poverty and structural inequality.’

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Hoërskool Overvaal: Lesufi's awful record - Politicsweb, 24 January 2018

“The school's Afrikaans-only language policy was previously rejected by the education department”, and that “Afrikaans was a language that symbolised ‘sorrow and tears to the majority of those (of) whom it was not their mother tongue’”.

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Mission (near) impossible for Team SA at #Davos2018 - IOL, 24 January 2018

A good showing in Davos could help get South Africa back on track. And so, as any number of media reports have stated, Team SA will be going to Davos to advance a positive view of South Africa’s future. Key to this – as an article in one of the Sunday papers put it – would be the ‘Cyril effect’.

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Let the people own the land - News24, 04 Febrary 2018

To see expropriation without compensation as a solution is to miss the point entirely. The constitutional requirement to pay compensation for land acquired has not been a hindrance to land reform.

Read More…

Will ‘Ramaphosa effect’ save SA from taxing itself into prosperity? -The Citizen, 03 February 2018

In the light of increased capital flows, rand strengthening and an upwardly revised economic growth rate following Cyril Ramaphosa’s election as ANC leader, the challenge will be to rein in exuberance, and not to allow improved sentiment to lead to consolidation complacency and an over-estimation of the extent to which improved sentiment will broaden the tax base through job creation, or lead to higher private sector wage increases or bonuses.

Read More…

Op-Ed: Expropriation without compensation – a conference to discuss the wrong issues - Daily Maverick, 02 February 2018

A conference on expropriation without compensation – which deputy minister of rural development and land reform Mcebisi Skwatsha says is to be convened by the ruling ANC – would serve merely to push South Africa down a fruitless blind alley while avoiding the key reasons why land reform has failed to live up to its expectations.

Read More…

This Is What We Can All Learn From Our Best Township Schools - Huffington Post, 01 February 2018

Poverty, in the conventional view, explains why township schools are at the bottom of the class – but the exceptions prove otherwise.

Read More…

Capitec a possible victim of SA’s trust deficit - Fin24, 31 January 2018

Capitec and the South African Reserve Bank responded strongly and swiftly to Viceroy’s report - but whatever the veracity of certain details or one's opinion on Capitec’s business model, there is much about Viceroy’s modus operandi that triggers alarm bells of an attempt to provoke market panic, even if not an attempt to short and distort.

Read More…

Strong support among ANC voters for Ramaphosa, ‘pro-business’ policies – BizNews, 31 January 2018

ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has won many plaudits for insisting on the immediate replacement of the Eskom board, inducing President Jacob Zuma to appoint the Zondo commission of inquiry into state capture, promising the prosecution of those implicated, and assuring the World Economic Forum at Davos that South Africa has turned over a new leaf and is open for business once again

Read More…

Op-Ed: Ramaphosa in Davos – will he heed the lessons as Mandela did? - Daily Maverick, 25 January 2018

Given the reasons for which South Africa’s State-owned Enterprises have been much in the news of late, we should be grateful that Mandela heeded the warnings on nationalisation. The land reform experiences in Vietnam and China are particularly instructive. Both of these fed on real grievances on the part of the peasantry – but were so overpowered by ideology that their outcomes, quite predictably, exacted huge costs.

Read More…

The road to Vrede - Politicsweb, 25 January 2018

Perhaps the key idea here is not about whether land reform should take place, but its terms and objectives. ‘The “land question”,’ they write, ‘strikes a chord for many people and serves as a potent symbol of persistent poverty and structural inequality.’

Read More…

Hoërskool Overvaal: Lesufi's awful record - Politicsweb, 24 January 2018

“The school's Afrikaans-only language policy was previously rejected by the education department”, and that “Afrikaans was a language that symbolised ‘sorrow and tears to the majority of those (of) whom it was not their mother tongue’”.

Read More…

Mission (near) impossible for Team SA at #Davos2018 - IOL, 24 January 2018

A good showing in Davos could help get South Africa back on track. And so, as any number of media reports have stated, Team SA will be going to Davos to advance a positive view of South Africa’s future. Key to this – as an article in one of the Sunday papers put it – would be the ‘Cyril effect’.

Read More…

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