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.”
The national conversation remains fixated on corruption and our general downward spiral. Top-down decision-making makes things that much worse.
At times like this we often forget the ordinary people who keep the country going and in whose name most of the major battles continue to be fought.
In 2014, the Institute for Global Dialogue (IGD) associated with UNISA with support from the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, published what can be considered as the first Parliamentary Handbook on South Africa’s Foreign Policy.
With the aim of equipping and addressing the practical needs of parliamnetarians as they engage with foreign policy, the handbook highlight developments in South Africa’s foreign policy from 1994 – 2014, recent diplomatic issue areas, and provides clarity on key concepts.
On the 5th November 2015 MISTRA will convene a roundtable discussion on whiteness titled Whites, Afrikaans, Afrikaners: Addressing Post-Apartheid Legacies, Privileges and Burdens.
This roundtable discussion continues MISTRA’s work on nation formation and social cohesion that culminated in a report released in August 2014 titled Nation Formation and Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africans. The voice of whites was one of the gaps identified in that report, which will be used as a starting point for the roundtable discussion on whiteness.