Makeshift shops have mushroomed as people try to make ends meet amid South Africa’s excessive unemployment.
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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.
Water flows from the Vaal Dam after several sluice gates were opened in February 2021. Heavy rains in the Gauteng province resulted in a spike in dam levels.
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Gauteng citizens need to know the uncomfortable truth: for the next six years, their water supplies will increasingly have to be restricted.
Johannesburg is the most preferred destination for jobseekers from other provinces, followed by Cape Town.
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Labour migrants from other provinces into Gauteng and the Western Cape are more likely to be employed than the two provinces’ permanent residents.
A mural in Maboneng, Johannesburg.
A realignment is needed as the current systems have lost the competence to midwife a new nation out of the formative experiences of the last 25 years.
South African soldiers enforcing the COVID-19 lockdown in Mitchells Plain, Cape Town.
South Africa’s post-apartheid leaders have failed to properly prepare the military for secondary roles such as peacekeeping, let alone to a fight a virus.
A mural by famed Cape Town artist Faith47.
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There aren’t a lot of studies on South Africa’s cultural economy. A new one finds a cluster of creative firms in Cape Town with high levels of innovation.
Persistent rampant povery has been blamed on the compromises made by the African National Congress during negotiations to end apartheid.
Book sheds new light on the evolution of the economic policy of the African National Congress, South Africa's governing party.
South Africa’s finance minister, Tito Mboweni, delivering his mid-term budget.
A major concern is that the government’s resolve is strongest on policies that are actually quite suspect.
Harold Wolpe showed how poor rural areas subsidised low wages of migrant workers’ wages.
During the apartheid period in South Africa – 1948 to 1994 – a lively intellectual culture of opposition emerged on some of the country’s university campuses and within the broader anti-apartheid movement…
A view of Sandton City, the richest square mile in Africa, towering over Alexandra township, in Johannesburg.
In matters of policy-making and governing, understanding the systemic complexity of interrelated forces is crucial to avoiding failure.
None of South Africa’s political parties are offering middle class black people a home.
The black middle class are angry at their exclusion from mainstream economic activity.
Mmusi Maimane, leader of South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, on the campaign trail.
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There is a huge divide between what is important right now and what the election is likely to be about.
A man offers his services at a traffic intersection in Cape Town. Almost 55% of South African youth are unemployed.
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.
South African Finance MInister Tito Mboweni delivering the 2019 budget speech in parliament.
South Africa’s finance minister delivered a budget that tried to balance serving the public interest, while maintaining the stability of public finances.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa during his 2019 State of the Nation Address.
Many of the crime prevention strategies South African President Cyril Ramaphosa proposed have been tried, with few positive results.
Soweto in South Africa. Apartheid’s spacial planning still affects people’s lives.
The high costs of finding work make it difficult for young South Africans to get jobs.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni (centre) arrives to deliver the mid-term budget statement to Parliament.
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.
A victory at the polls might not be enough to give President Cyril Ramaphosa the leeway to fix South Africa’s economy.
Indications are that even an ANC victory at the polls is unlikely to reverse the party’s decline in popular support.
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s party, the ANC, faces a tough set of elections in May.
The African National Congress faces two big challenges: fewer South Africans trust it, while its electoral support has been waning.
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the launch of the governing ANC’s 2019 elections manifesto in Durban.
The vision set out by Cyril Ramaphosa has the seeds for galvanising South Africans to get back on the right path. But it urgently needs a plan to make it happen.