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South Africa still has a long way to go on the right to food

Fifty-four percent of South Africans are hungry or at risk of hunger. Hunger affects people’s health, as well as their ability to live full and produc- tive lives. That’s why hunger rep- resents a violation of their basic human rights – not only the right to food, but also the rights to dignity, health and education, since all of these ...

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Why South Africa needs to fix its troubled public broadcaster

The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), the country’s legis- lated public broadcasting ser- vice, has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in recent times. The extent of its woes was laid bare in testimony at the judicial commis- sion investigating allegations of cor- ruption at various state institutions under former President Jacob Zuma. Witnesses, including former and ...

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SA’s finances are in bad shape and time is running out to fix them

South Africa’s public finances are in a perilous state. there are  four main reasons for this. First, economic  growth is low or non-existent. Second, tax revenue collection is  repeatedly below forecasts. third,  debt levels have risen rapidly and are now at their highest levels in the post-apart- heid era. Fourth, the  poor perfor- mance of state-owned enterprises is necessitating large-scale ...

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South Africa is close to ‘junk status’ from all three rating agencies. what could follow?

The rating agency Fitch recent- ly  revised the  outlook on South Africa’s long-term for eign-currency issuer default rating down from “stable” to “nega-tive”. A credit rating outlook indi- cates the potential direction of the country’s rating over the intermedi- ate term, typically six months. Fitch  pointed to  the  expected increase in the government debt-to- gross domestic product (GDP) ratio. this ...

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Why South Africa’s plans for universal healthcare are pie in the sky

Performance in South Africa’s two  tier  health  system – the public and the private –  has  been worsening for some time. Politicians  have attempt- ed to  attribute the decline in  the public sector to  a  myriad of  ills, none of their making. these include migrants; insufficient funds; insuffi- cient staff; medical schemes; lawyers suing them for medical negligence; the existence ...

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Universities in South Africa need to rediscover their higher purpose

For over two decades south African higher education has been dominated by three suc- cessive and contending waves of  thinking  and  organisation. they are: neo-liberal managerialism the decolonialisation of knowledge and, most recently, the idea of a Fourth Industrial revolution (4Ir). by promising to “transform” higher education, each has taken centre stage at universities – or sec- tions of them ...

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Constitutional court ruling ushers in new era for energy regulation in south africa

A recent judgment of south Africa’s Constitutional Court involving the country’s ener- gy  regulator  signals  a new found willingness by the courts to scrutinise the way regulators set prices and tariffs. this added level of regulatory accountability can only bode well for major sectors of south Africa’s economy that are subject to economic regulation. The  statutory  powers  of  regula- tors ...

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