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.
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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.

George Palmer and the FM in the 1970s - Polticsweb, 05 January 2018

Palmer sometimes toned down some of my articles, but otherwise he allowed me as much freedom as I could reasonably have wished for – although on one occasion at an editorial meeting when I suggested yet another political leader, he thumped his desk and declared "I want stories about making money!"

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South Africa's continuing urban exodus signals the policy priorities Cyril Ramaphosa's administration must tackle urgently and effectively - News24, 04 January 2018

Profiling the provinces – written by the IRR's head of research, Thuthukani Ndebele – offers a snapshot view of South Africa's nine provinces through the lens of key socio-economic indicators. A brief summary for each province covers data on demographics, the economy, education, health and social security, living conditions, politics and government, as well as crime and security

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Property rights are key - IOL, 03 January 2018

Property rights are key - IOL, 03 January 2018

Given the resolution taken at the ANC’s national conference on pushing for ‘expropriation without compensation’, it was fitting that The Star ended the year with Lisa Del Grande’s most interesting contribution on land reform.

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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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Electricity and Mining - Polity, 08 December 2017

Ernest Hemingway might have been writing about Eskom’s decline when he explained how bankruptcy happens. ‘Two ways … Gradually and then suddenly’, he wrote in one of his more obscure novels (‘The Sun Always Rises’) in 1926.

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South Africa in 2018: Is there still a good story to tell? - News24, 07 December 2017

Many analysts say that South Africa is in serious trouble, but your organisation has been saying that things are not that bad. What is the truth?

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Ramaphosa may have last laugh: Why Maimane’s comments risk backfiring – BizNews, 06 December 2017

Mr Maimane went on to suggest that the most important difference between the DA and the African National Congress (ANC) was that the DA “will be able to actually implement these policies”. He has got this exactly back to front. In the event that he becomes the next leader of the ANC, Mr Ramaphosa is far more likely to be able to implement growth (and other) policies than the DA. This is for the simple reason that an ANC led by Mr Ramaphosa is much more likely to win the 2019 national election than is the DA.

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Costs of Coming Out Can Be High for SA’s LGBT Community - Huffington Post SA, 05 December 2017

The reluctance to come out is a rational response to the community's exposure to frightening levels of violence and abuse.

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Mmusi Maimane's risky game - Politicsweb, 03 December 2017

Mr Maimane went on to suggest that the most important difference between the DA and the African National Congress (ANC) was that the DA "will be able to actually implement these policies". He has got this exactly back to front. In the event that he becomes the next leader of the ANC, Mr Ramaphosa is far more likely to be able to implement growth (and other) policies than the DA. This is for the simple reason that an ANC led by Mr Ramaphosa is much more likely to win the 2019 national election than is the DA.

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The other ANC of OR Tambo - Politicsweb, 30 November 2017

The ANC’s website describes him as “one of the key founding fathers of South Africa’s liberation and constitutional democracy. The celebrations will be used to draw lessons from his life and understand the qualities that made him succeed in uniting the ANC.”2.

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George Palmer and the FM in the 1970s - Polticsweb, 05 January 2018

Palmer sometimes toned down some of my articles, but otherwise he allowed me as much freedom as I could reasonably have wished for – although on one occasion at an editorial meeting when I suggested yet another political leader, he thumped his desk and declared "I want stories about making money!"

Read More…

South Africa's continuing urban exodus signals the policy priorities Cyril Ramaphosa's administration must tackle urgently and effectively - News24, 04 January 2018

Profiling the provinces – written by the IRR's head of research, Thuthukani Ndebele – offers a snapshot view of South Africa's nine provinces through the lens of key socio-economic indicators. A brief summary for each province covers data on demographics, the economy, education, health and social security, living conditions, politics and government, as well as crime and security

Read More…

Property rights are key - IOL, 03 January 2018

Property rights are key - IOL, 03 January 2018

Given the resolution taken at the ANC’s national conference on pushing for ‘expropriation without compensation’, it was fitting that The Star ended the year with Lisa Del Grande’s most interesting contribution on land reform.

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…

Electricity and Mining - Polity, 08 December 2017

Ernest Hemingway might have been writing about Eskom’s decline when he explained how bankruptcy happens. ‘Two ways … Gradually and then suddenly’, he wrote in one of his more obscure novels (‘The Sun Always Rises’) in 1926.

Read More…

South Africa in 2018: Is there still a good story to tell? - News24, 07 December 2017

Many analysts say that South Africa is in serious trouble, but your organisation has been saying that things are not that bad. What is the truth?

Read More…

Ramaphosa may have last laugh: Why Maimane’s comments risk backfiring – BizNews, 06 December 2017

Mr Maimane went on to suggest that the most important difference between the DA and the African National Congress (ANC) was that the DA “will be able to actually implement these policies”. He has got this exactly back to front. In the event that he becomes the next leader of the ANC, Mr Ramaphosa is far more likely to be able to implement growth (and other) policies than the DA. This is for the simple reason that an ANC led by Mr Ramaphosa is much more likely to win the 2019 national election than is the DA.

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Costs of Coming Out Can Be High for SA’s LGBT Community - Huffington Post SA, 05 December 2017

The reluctance to come out is a rational response to the community's exposure to frightening levels of violence and abuse.

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Mmusi Maimane's risky game - Politicsweb, 03 December 2017

Mr Maimane went on to suggest that the most important difference between the DA and the African National Congress (ANC) was that the DA "will be able to actually implement these policies". He has got this exactly back to front. In the event that he becomes the next leader of the ANC, Mr Ramaphosa is far more likely to be able to implement growth (and other) policies than the DA. This is for the simple reason that an ANC led by Mr Ramaphosa is much more likely to win the 2019 national election than is the DA.

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The other ANC of OR Tambo - Politicsweb, 30 November 2017

The ANC’s website describes him as “one of the key founding fathers of South Africa’s liberation and constitutional democracy. The celebrations will be used to draw lessons from his life and understand the qualities that made him succeed in uniting the ANC.”2.

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