Many of the crime prevention strategies South African President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed have been tried, with few positive results.
The high costs of finding work make it difficult for young South Africans to get jobs.
The Conversation has assembled a forecasting team of 19 academic economists from 12 universities across six states. Together, they assign a 25% probability to a recession within two years.
South Africa needs to urgently step up its efforts to drive economic growth by harnassing the power of the state, as well as the markets.
The government insistence of an employment success story betrays the reality of austerity job cuts and pay squeezes for many
A great deal of analysis on South Africa and the ruling ANC seems to be based on wishful thinking, not concrete reality.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
More attention needs to be paid to aligning South Africa's family policy with the realities of everyday life.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.
Scotland tends to take a more progressive approach to inequality, but how is it actually faring compared to the rest of the UK?
The system of welfare conditionality that underpins Universal Credit is ineffective at moving people off social security and into work.
South Africa's job summit ignored the great chasms that exist on how to create jobs.
While many jobs are being replaced by technology, those that participate in the making of (good) social experiences for people are bucking the trend.
The best way to help young people into work is to listen to their aspirations, and cater to their needs.
South Africa needs to rethink the role of the informal economy as it mulls over ideas to beat joblessness.
Australia's unemployment rate may have to fall much more before we see any wages growth.
South Africa's jobs summit failed to acknowledge fundamental issues in the approach to development and job creation.
The rise of superstar companies that dominate their industries may be partly to blame for the lack of wage growth in the US in recent years. It could also suggest a solution.
While pay and profit are not irrelevant in employees’ work decisions, there are other motivators.
With the unemployment rate at about the lowest level in almost 50 years, how much lower could it go? An economist explains.