One of the most enduring outcomes of the legacy of apartheid in democratic South Africa is the continued existence of townships that are characterised by division along racial lines, poor infrastructure, lower socioeconomic status and geographic distance from main economic hubs in even the most urban and cosmopolitan cities and towns.
Presently, South Africa’s economy is energy intensive and is designed around large-scale usage of fossil fuels making it one of the world’s highest emitters of greenhouse gases. The move to a low carbon economy is essential in ensuring the retardation of ecological and environmental degradation. However, transitioning to a low carbon economy requires modification of the current structure of the political economy to guarantee a just and seamless transition, bearing in mind improving human well-being and social equity.
SPII is bringing together key Policymakers from line departments, as well as academics who have worked in this field, organized labour researchers, civil society actors working alongside communities to share the narratives that are taking place amongst people affected by scarcity, and to obtain a sense of hoe the UN CESC has interpreted state obligations through their past Notes given South Africa’s recent ratification of UN International Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The right to strike is under attack at the national and international levels. This attack has intensified in a situation in which economic and security arguments are increasingly being used as a pretext for the violation of fundamental human and democratic right.
Climate change and the need to move towards renewable forms of energy have long been at the forefront of both global and national agendas. Dominant discourses on climate change focus on two areas: reducing greenhouse gas emissions and adapting to the effects of climate change.
The historical convergence of ever more sophisticated smart phones, wireless high speed internet and Big Data (also known as »the cloud«) is changing the social and economic landscape in dramatic ways.
On September 1st, 2016 the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) with the support of the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) launched a new Working Paper series called Fiscal Histories of Sub-Saharan Africa. The series aims to increase the knowledge base on taxation as an instrument in the building of state capacity in southern Africa, as well as its role in shaping state-society relations in the region.
Digitalization is one of these terms that everybody knows and connects with while it is, at the same time, hard to pin down what it actually means.
The digitalization of economies and societies represents one of the “grand challenges” faced by European societies in the twenty-first century, along with issues such as demographic ageing, climate change and increasing inequality.
Many economists claim that a national minimum wage in South Africa will entail adverse consequences and inevitably leads to widespread job losses. These arguments offset possible gains from raising wage levels with ensuing rising unemployment in the country.
The National Health Insurance (NHI) has incited lively debates throughout the country. This discourse is motivated by the publication of the NHI white paper in 2015.
Minister Motsoaledi has urged all South Africans to submit comments on the proposed legislation. Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (South Africa) will contribute to this social dialogue by partnering with Section 27, which will facilitate a number of National Health Insurance (NHI) workshops and conferences.