The so-called “sharing economy” is gaining momentum. As of 2016, Airbnb is valued at US$25.5 billion, while Uber is valued at US$62.5 billion. The two companies, which are presented as engaged in the “sharing of underutilised assets” – the commercial brokering of accommodation and of transportation, respectively – are now among the most valuable startups on the market.
Political and public debate in Germany has for some time seen growing discussion of the connection between increasing income inequality and economic growth. This discussion was instigated by a number of international empirical studies (OECD 2015; Ostry et al. 2014) that found indications of a negative link between more income divergence, on one hand, and development of the economy, on the other.
Since the early 2000s we have seen an unexpected – based on previous experience – increase in the influence of occupational and sectional trade unions, which were long scarcely known even to insiders. These organisations are prominent examples of a “new complexity“ in industrial relations, especially collective bargaining, in some parts of the private services sector – and possibly beyond it.
Society, Work and Development Institute (SWOP) presents new research. These papers document the destruction of work, water, community and livelihoods by the current wave of intensified marketisation, posing the question of alternatives for social crisis.
Mini economic workshops including financial literacy, CV writing, business funding, etc. will be hosted at the festival based on the needs identified in the asset mapping workshops. Young people who attended the Green Innovation boot camp and other youth entrepreneurs will be invited to exhibit and sell at the festival giving them an opportunity to get going and market to the community.
YouthLab has partnered with sophiatwon Green Incubator and other trainers to create a specific innovation boot camp aimed at encouraging, testing, greening and launching economic innovations for township youth. Ideas can be businesses or social initiatives. The Green Innovation boot camp will take young people from idea to business model through various processes. The top idea from each province after the boot camp will be given a grant to activate their innovation.
In 2015 and 2016, South African young people have challenged the definition of political participation” by extending their political voice beyond voting, party protocols and normative forms of mobilisation. From student protest and the Occupy Luthuli House protest to the active absence from the voting stations as protest, young people have begun to rethink political power through civic engagement.
On 3 August, millions of voters will exercise their right to vote and decide who controls South Africa’s 257 municipalities. The stakes are high because municipalities deal with basic services and parties are competing for control of powerful cities, such as Johannesburg, Cape Town and eThekwini.
Do you know what you are voting for?
Here is a short video clip based on the full Electing Councillors guide, the result of a collaboration between the Dullah Omar Institute, the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa Office and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs.
On the 2nd and 3rd of February 2016 Wits University’s National Minimum Wage Research Initiative hosted a highly successful Symposium with over 250 academics; policy makers; union, business and civil society leaders; reporters; and members of the public in attendance. Topics ranged from the impact of minimum wages on poverty, inequality and employment, to labour market analysis and statistical modeling, international case studies, and policy proposals. The Symposium included six leading international scholars and a host of local participants.
“In South Africa we have mass unemployment. It is clear that grants will continue to be a vital lifeline for millions of people and, if they can be steadily increased, an important redistributive mechanism. It is also clear that land reform, particularly in cities, will have to be a vital part of any redistributive agenda. But no strategy for decreasing inequality, and reducing poverty, will get far without a major increase in the minimum wage.”