The democratic transition in 1994 was the result of an ‘elite pact’ that changed the country’s politics, but did little to undermine the foundations of white economic power.
There is no substance to the view that poor people are lazy and prefer to live on handouts from the state rather than seek work.
Many unemployed young people are engaged in a variety of economic activities. These may not necessarily be recognised as a form of self employment or informal employment.
The new governing elite mistakenly believes that the goal of a democratic South Africa is simply to extend to everyone what whites enjoyed under apartheid.
In the country’s insider politics, the majority who try to survive outside the formal economy are talked about, but are never heard.
Relying solely on job placement as an indicator of successful intervention misses out on outcomes that are equally important, or more so, amid high structural unemployment.
Whites lived well under apartheid and it is not absurd for black leaders to want all to live in the same way.
Each black person and woman may be an individual but, because they are black and women, they face obstacles which whites and men don’t.
The life story of Mandlenkosi Makhoba represents the losers in the new South Africa, showing how inequality is produced and reproduced generationally.
Glaring capacity gaps aside, the failure to curb COVID-19 is not so much due to a lack of technical know-how but to a particular view of the world.
The taxi industry carries 75% of commuters daily, yet, unlike bus and train operators, does not benefit from government subsidies.
Employment programmes cannot replace economic growth in improving youth employability, but they play a crucial role in helping them find work.
Book sheds new light on the evolution of the economic policy of the African National Congress, South Africa’s governing party.
It is not hard to see the roots of 20th century apartheid policies in the legacy of the British settlers.
It is rare for a post-authoritarian society to get two chances to reconcile. This may be just that, for white South Africans in particular.
We’d all love to know more about our neighbours – from COVID-19 data, census data and other official data sources – but we shouldn’t.
While small businesses will be partially cushioned by government support measures, there’s no support for the most vulnerable workers.
Government policies need to acknowledge individual agency as a mechanism for change, while reducing barriers to income-producing activities.
South Africa and Nigeria need to lead policy debates on long term measures to address migration in Africa.
Politicians oppose toll roads on Johannesburg’s highways, yet they are textbook example of progressive taxation that favours the poor.