Reports

Below is chronological listing of the reports we have released in support of our campaigns and advocacy efforts to defend your right to make decisions about your own life free from unnecessary government or political interference and counter-productive policy.

Patents and Prosperity

The Patents and Prosperity report is the culmination of an IRR research project into the importance of Intellectual Property (IP) rights in drawing and securing investment, growth, and development in South Africa. The report is critical of current government policy efforts and suggests the direction that government IP policy should follow.

@Liberty - Economic Freedom - The Key to Prosperity

14 October 2014 - True economic freedom stimulates investment and employment. It makes for faster economic growth and increased prosperity for all, including the poorest 10%. The EFF's call to expropriate land and nationalise mines, banks, and other businesses shows that it has no understanding of economic freedom.

BEE: Helping or Hurting?

South Africa has arguably the most comprehensive and challenging affirmative action policies of any country in the world.

@Liberty - Give all pupils school vouchers worth R12 000 each!

9 September 2014 - South Africa should introduce a comprehensive system of educational vouchers to level the educational playing field, says the IRR (Institute of Race Relations). The vouchers – which could be spent solely on education – would be tantamount to a universal bursary system.

@Liberty - The property rights grab

Property rights are under threat from a Constitutional Court decision on mining rights in 2013. This threat has since been compounded by the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill of 2013, which is soon to be sent to the Cabinet for approval.

@Liberty - From Last Grave at Dimbaza to three tiny graves at Bloemhof

24 June 2014 - By a strange coincidence the Sunday Times on 8th June published an obituary of Nana Mahomo at almost the same time as the South African Institute of Race Relations issued a press release suggesting that affirmative action was partly responsible for the deaths of three babies in Bloemhof.

The 80-20 Report on Local Government

The 80/20 Report on Local Government examines the structure, roles, and responsibilities of local government, tracks the history of local government from the apartheid era into the present, provides hard data on socio-economic circumstances in each of South Africa’s local authorities, ranks all municipalities according to service delivery indicators, provides analysis of the data, and proposes solutions to the problems facing local government.

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