There’s no convincing evidence that listing on the alternative stock exchange promotes growth and sustainability for small and medium sized firms.
It is becoming increasingly clear that South Africa’s policymakers can no longer ignore the country’s obligations in terms of international, regional and national human rights law.
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.
Racial and gender disparities in access to work are entrenched features of the South African labour market.
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.
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.
Rob Davies is critical of economic policy, starting with the Mandela administration. He reserves particular criticism for its macroeconomic policy framework introduced in 1996.
Unlike most politicians but typical of a negotiator, South Africa’s president has not put his plans on the table for public scrutiny.
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.
The COVID-19 pandemic has worsened unemployment and poverty, showing the need for the government to permanently expand income support to working-age adults.
While South Africa should pay careful attention to all its existing trade and economic relations, particular attention should go to its intra-African economic relations.
Metropolitan municipalities are best placed to administer operating subsidies for minibus taxis.
The role of government should be to improve and reorganise this sector to address the needs of users. The proposed national operational subsidy is an opportunity to do precisely that.
It is vital that the latest move by government towards restructuring succeeds in making the industry safe, reliable and viable, contributing to the country’s economy.
Emergency relief measures were operational for six months and are due to end soon. But the impacts of COVID-19 will be felt long after.
An EU-UK trade deal will reinforce the certainty and continuity that South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, and Eswatini – plus Mozambique are seeking in their relationship with the UK.
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.
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.