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@Liberty - Electoral Reform in South Africa: The Time Has Come

29 September 2020 - This report examines the question of electoral reform in South Africa. It provides an overview of the recent debate around electoral reform and provides two proposals for a new South African electoral system.

@Liberty - Reaching the Promised Land: An alternative to the report of the Presidential Advisory Panel on Land Reform and Agriculture

This @Liberty looks at the current situation regarding land reform in South Africa and explains the ideological imperative behind the government’s drive of expropriation without compensation (EWC). It also provides a number of interventions which can lead to sustainable and practical land reform.

@Liberty - Steering Mining into the future: can the mining industry prepare itself for a reinvigorated tomorrow?

18 July 2019 - This @Liberty report analyses the state of the country’s mining industry, what current trends reveal about it, and how it might be rejuvenated.

@Liberty - A New Empowerment Strategy to Liberate the Poor

30 May 2019 – This report spells out the benefits of shifting from current Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) measures to an alternative Economic Empowerment for the Disadvantaged (EED) strategy, especially in the mining sector.

@Liberty - The September 2018 Mining Charter: An improvement, but transformation still trumps sustainability

17 April 2019 – This report makes the case for reducing government interference in the mining industry to enable it to contribute more effectively to overcoming poverty, unemployment and inequality in South Africa.

@Liberty - Multipliers from mining: Upstream development as an alternative to beneficiation policy in South Africa

4 March 2019 – The latest @Liberty report makes the case for a decisive shift in mining policy from an emphasis on beneficiation to measures that boost mining itself, and the myriad industries that feed into it.

@Liberty - The 2018 Draft Mining Charter: Transformation Trumps Sustainability

22 June 2018 - The latest @Liberty report from the Institute of Race Relations (IRR), provides a detailed assessment of the 2018 Draft Mining Charter, warning that, though it is better than its predecessor, it still falls far short of the regulatory framework required for a thriving mining sector capable of boosting economic growth and job creation.

@Liberty - Grounding Growth: Finding the right balance between mining and the environment

25 April 2018 – South Africa must revise its many and complex environmental regulations if it is to attain effective environmental protection, together with a thriving mining sector capable of boosting economic and social progress, according to the IRR’s latest @Liberty report.

@Liberty - Mining and People: The impact of mining on the South African economy and living standards

6 February 2018 - Although the mining sector no longer dominates the South African economy as it once did, mining accounts for a major proportion of the country’s earnings of foreign exchange.

The economies of four of the nine provinces and of several large towns are dominated by mining, as is the port of Richards Bay. Coal is the source of nine-tenths of South Africa’s electricity, with the result that every other sector of the economy is heavily dependent on coal mining. So are the more than 15 million households connected to the national electricity grid owned by Eskom.

@Liberty - Ramaphosa and the Strange Workings of ANC Democracy

30 January 2018 - The report, written by distinguished political analyst, R W Johnson, provides an “unrivalled picture of the country’s mood on the cusp of a great change”.

Based on a large opinion survey carried out late last year, the report suggests that South Africans are moderate in their thinking, and anxious for policies that will grow jobs and stimulate economic growth. In contrast, the survey results suggest the ruling ANC is out of touch with the true sentiments of its voter base.

@Liberty - Deep and dangerous: Health and safety in our mines

The latest @Liberty report from the IRR (Institute of Race Relations) – “Deep and Dangerous: Health and Safety in Our Mines” – seeks to explain the current safety and health rules and explore the ways in which they are being implemented.

Written by the IRR’s head of policy research, Dr Anthea Jeffery, the report aims to identify some policy reforms that might help strike a more appropriate balance in safeguarding both the country’s mineworkers and the sustainability of the mining companies for which they work.

@Liberty - Pressing ahead with NHI implementation

24 November 2017 - There is still no clarity on what the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system will cost, how it will be financed, how the supply of health services can be ramped up to match increased demand, how the enormous administrative burden will be met, or how the corruption the new system will foster can be curbed.

In March 2017 the Davis Tax Committee also warned (in a report which it finally made public last week) that the NHI was ‘unlikely to be sustainable unless there was sustained economic growth’. The government is nevertheless busily pressing ahead with NHI implementation.

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