Occasional Reports


Achievement and Enterprise in School Education

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.

The South African Education Crisis: Giving Power Back To Parents

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 suff er the most from poor schooling are disproportionately black children.

Year One: How Julius Malema destroyed the NPA’s case against Jacob Zuma in 365 days

10 May 2018 – The latest report from the IRR, ‘Year One: How Julius Malema destroyed the NPA’s case against Jacob Zuma in 365 days’ examines the primary role played by the then ANC Youth League leader in the destruction of the National Prosecuting Authority’s original case against former President Zuma.

Rethinking Mobility - Spatial planning that enables transportation and technology in South African Metros

6 April 2018 - Effective planning in South Africa’s metros must incorporate the everyday and often-changing needs, desires and decisions of ordinary people, according to the latest research report from the IRR, Rethinking Mobility – Spatial Planning that enables transportation and technology in South African Metros.

Who owns the land? A critique of the state land audit

27 March 2018 - The numbers in the 2017 State Land Audit: Private Land Ownership by Race, Gender and Nationality report released in February this year have been used extensively to motivate for expropriation without compensation of white owned land. In the EFF motion to amend Section 25 of the constitution the Audit is cited as the source for the claim “that black people own less than 2% of rural land, and less than 7% of urban land”.

South Africa's Secret Police - Inside the Multi-Billion Rand, Clandestine VIP Protection Services

21 March 2018 – The latest report from the IRR examines South Africa’s VIP Protection Services, a complex and secretive machine that operates on a massive budget, but, generally, without accountability

Race Relations in South Africa: Reasons for Hope 2017 - Holding The Line

20 March 2018 – The IRR’s 2017 field survey confirms that race relations are generally still sound. This provides a vital foundation for building on the country’s many strengths and helping South Africa to realise even more of its enormous potential.

The EFF's Internal Revolution

8 February 2018 - This document has two parts: Part A aims to briefly set out and analyse the extraordinary turnover rate among EFF MPs in Parliament; Part B aims to provide an explanation for the phenomenon.

South Africa State of the Nation in 2018: Prognosis for reform

7 February 2018 - This document is drawn from a speech delivered by Frans Cronje to the FW de Klerk Foundation in Cape Town on the 28th anniversary of Mr de Klerk’s announcements in Parliament on 2 February 1990.

Observers must watch the right markers in order to determine whether South Africa is now on a reformist trajectory. One set of markers relates to the rule of law, corruption and accountable government. These are getting the bulk of analyst attention. But the second set are even more important and relate to policy reform in areas of empowerment, the labour market, property rights, and education.

Achievement and Enterprise in School Education

25 January 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.

A strategic intelligence estimate of the current socio-political and economic environment: South Africa

A strategic report by the Centre for Risk Analysis at the IRR on how the leadership race in the African National Congress (ANC) is likely to conclude and what the long-term implications for South Africa and the economy will be.

In this report, the IRR cautions readers not to see the current race as a zero-sum-game for South Africa and not to see December 2017 (the time of the ANC’s 54th National Conference) as a zero-sum-date for the country. Mainstream analysis is overly simplistic in reducing the leadership race to such binary-outcomes.

This report was drafted for and solely released to the intended beneficiaries of top-tier clients on 12 October 2017. It may not be circulated to third parties.

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Political Musical Chairs

Turnover in the National Executive and Administration since 2009. This report was released in Johannesburg on 3 August 2017.

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