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Democracy, as a concept of the rule by the people, finds different expressions in systems of election and governance around the world. What is understood as democracy is thus subjective and often determined by socio-political and economic choices that have been made historically and often go unquestioned in societies over time.In recent years, South Africans of various backgrounds have been faced with frequent moments of personal and collective reflection about what constitutes its democracy, how democracy functions and, most importantly, what is the role of the citizen in maintaining a functional democracy in South Africa.

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.

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.

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.

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.

25 July | A National Minimum Wage for South Africa Report Launch

The National Minimum Wage Research Initiative (NMW-­RI), was launched in April 2015, by Corporate Strategy and Industrial Development (CSID) at The University of the Witwatersrand. NNW-RI has undertaken critical progressive research into the question of a national minimum wage and is contributing substantively to shaping the public debate.

On July 25th the National Minimum Wage Research Initiative and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be launching the National Minimum Wage for South Africa Report.

15-17 July |Food Sovereignty Act Activist Forum

The right to food is enshrined in your constitution; but there is no legislative framework governing access to this public good. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung (FES) will be partnering with the Cooperative and Alternative Policy Centre (COPAC) to facilitate forums on advocating for a Food Sovereignty Act. This will include both research and policy consultations on the contents of this ground-breaking initiative.

Electing Councillors – A Guide to Municipal Elections

This manual explains the rules for local government elections. What are the rules for voter registration, party registration, ward candidates and party lists? What happens on voting day, how are votes counted and how are the results determined?

The aim of this guide is to assist anyone who participates in the election or assists in making it happen. This includes election officials, candidates, parties, observers, journalists, civil society and anyone with an interest in the elections. The guide is 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.

The ugly truth of Tshwane

This Sunday Times article quoted the joint study report by the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) and Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung South Africa office, “Patronage Politics Divides Us: A Study of Poverty, Patronage and Inequality in South Africa”. The report marked 18 months of research by MISTRA into patronage politics and how it contributes to some of the problems bedeviling local government politics, and how poverty and inequality relate to political patronage.

20-22 June | Understanding taxation and state building in sub-Saharan Africa

The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI), in partnership with Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung, has developed a multi-year project on “Understanding tax reform and state building in Sub-Saharan Africa“. Currently in its second year, its purpose is to research taxation as an instrument for building state capacity in sub-Saharan Africa.

With their varied colonial and post-colonial histories and systems, and their diverse tax systems, Botswana, Cameroon, Angola, Mozambique, South Africa and Nigeria were selected as the case studies, and research partnerships with public servants, civil society activists, academics and others have been put in place. The creation of country profiles is under way, and forthcoming activities include this three-day workshop in Johannesburg, 20-22 June 2016.