Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.
Politicians oppose toll roads on Johannesburg's highways, yet they are textbook example of progressive taxation that favours the poor.
In matters of policy-making and governing, understanding the systemic complexity of interrelated forces is crucial to avoiding failure.
A national minimum wage could benefit young people who have jobs and stimulate those who have given up trying to find work. But those without work need additional help.
A great deal of analysis on South Africa and the ruling ANC seems to be based on wishful thinking, not concrete reality.
Initiatives to boost South Africa’s economy could reinforce structural weaknesses without addressing the high levels of inequality.