Occasional Reports


Broken Blue Line 3

30 October 2018 - This is the third report of the Broken Blue Line project – the previous two having been published by the IRR in 2011 and 2015. As with the two previous reports this third report examines the extent to which the police are involved in perpetrating criminal violence.

There should be no need for such a report as the police should be our primary line of defence against criminal violence. However, as you will read, in too many cases that line of defence has broken down and the supposed defenders have become perpetrators. As long as the police service remains a home to violent criminals it is very unlikely that South Africa will experience a sustained and significant decline in serious and violent crime.

It is essential therefore that pressure be brought to bear on political authorities to take police criminality seriously and deal with it effectively, and begin implementing innovative solutions (as put forward in our report). Creating such pressure is also one of the most effective means by which South Africa can support the efforts of hard working and committed members of the police service.

Executive Chaos - Discontinuity in the National Executive: 2009-2018

18 October 2018 - The scale of South Africa’s discontinuity in executive leadership is undoubtedly one of the biggest contributing factors to the ANC’s failure to deliver over the last nine years.

South Africa's geological endowment

21 September 2018 – This report examines the scope for making the most of the South Africa’s underlying geology, the foundation of a wide range of vital economic sectors from mining and industry to tourism.

South Africa's NHI Scheme

18 September 2018 - This report lays bare the appalling scale of deficiency, mismanagement, negligence and corruption in the public health sector which the government intends to be the core of its proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system.

Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope

29 August 2018 – Our latest report, ‘Life in South Africa: Reasons for Hope’, reminds South Africans of the significant progress the country has made under democracy, and the scope for resuming an upward trajectory towards growth and optimism.

What's wrong with the golden promise of NHI?

21 August 2018 - The government claims that its proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) system will reduce the costs of healthcare and provide all South Africans (now numbering some 58 million people) with ‘quality’ health services that are free at the point of delivery.

Economic Empowerment for the Disadvantaged

23 July 2018 - The latest report from the Institute of Race Relations makes the case for thorough-going reform of South Africa’s approach to empowerment, warning that present policy is not benefiting the poor, most of whom remain economic ‘outsiders’.

Notes for discussions in Britain on Expropriation without Compensation

5 July 2018 – The risk is that Expropriation without Compensation will do little to resolve South Africa’s deep socio-economic malaise, but, rather, will deepen it.

Empowering the State, Impoverishing the People

20 June 2018 – ‘Empowering the State, Impoverishing the People’ is a report the IRR today released in Washington in the United States to advance its campaign to protect and extend the property rights of all South Africans.

Sunset or Sunrise for Mining in South Africa

20 June 2018 - ‘Sunset or Sunrise for Mining in South Africa’, the latest report from the IRR, examines the prospects for an industry that is vital to the future of the country, but faces ongoing uncertainty arising from flawed policies and ideological hostility.

The South African Education Crisis: Giving Power Back To Parents

31 May 2018 - South African education is in crisis. Children attending South African schools fare poorly on almost every metric, and are ill-prepared for the world after school. More tragically, those who suffer the most from poor schooling are disproportionately black children.

Achievement and Enterprise in School Education

29 May 2018 - On average, pupils in independent schools in South Africa achieve much better National Senior Certificate results (sometimes loosely known as “matriculation” results) than do their counterparts in public schools. This applies to the overall pass rate, as well as to the higher “bachelor” pass rate required for admission to university to study for a degree.

Dissatisfaction with lower pass rates in public schools has generated demand for more independent schools, including low-fee independent schools.

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