Fiscal Histories of Sub-Saharan Africa: the Case of Botswana

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.

Policies for Innovation in Times of Digitalization

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.

Minimum Wages did not destroy jobs in Germany

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.

15 Sept | National Health Insurance (NHI) where we are and where we’re going

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.

A National Minimum Wage for South Africa – the path to economic growth?

A national minimum wage in South Africa, if set at an appropriate and meaningful level, can reduce working poverty and inequality and support economic growth. This is the finding of a recent report by the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative at the University of the Witwatersrand.

By establishing a wage floor below which no employers are permitted to pay the employees covered, minimum wages are able to meet their central objectives as defined by the International Labour Organization of covering the basic needs of workers and their families.

Mzansi’s 100: Disruptor, Khwezi Mabasa

The Young Independents annually profiles inspiring South Africans that are challenging and changing the game, one action at a times. They refer to these inspiring South Africans as Disruptors.

Mr Khwezi Mabasa, Programme Manager at Friedrich Ebert Stiftung – South Africa Office was identified as one of the 100 young South African Disruptors 2016.

This is what South Africa’s national minimum wage should be – according to research

The Wits School of Economic and Business Sciences has published a new research report on the minimum wage in South Africa, using international benchmarks to determine how much it should be.

The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-RI) is an independent academic research project run by the Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) Research Unit in the School of Economic and Business Sciences (SEBS) at the University of the Witwatersrand.

Launch of the Guide to Municipal Elections

On 20 July, the “Guide to Municipal Elections” was launched and presented at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Johannesburg. Deputy Minister Andries Nel (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs), Prof Jaap de Visser (Dullah Omar Institute), Ms Ilona Tip from the Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa (EISA) and Mr Paul Berkowitz from … Continue reading Launch of the Guide to Municipal Elections

20 July | Municipal Elections 2016: The Rules Explained

Join us for a public discussion and launch of the “Electing Councillors – A Guide to Municipal Elections”. The speakers are Honourable Deputy Minister Andries Nel (Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs), Ilona Tip (Electoral Institute for Sustainable Democracy in Africa), Paul Berkowitz (EDGIS) and Prof Jaap de Visser (Dullah Omar Institute) in conversation with Nompumelelo Runji (political analyst and author).