SPII Opinions and Statements

Horrific scale of hunger cries out for action

BySASHA STEVENSON, HANNAH DAWSON – Poor nutrition not only costs individuals dearly by stunting their potential, but the country too. More than half of our population is hungry or at risk of hunger. That’s more than 20-million people facing the daily terror of a clawing stomach with little hope of filling it. In the face of these numbers, national hunger may appear to be an intractable […]

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Op-Ed: Hunger in the Land of Enough

By ISOBEL FRYE Despite being a middle-income country, South Africa has a long and shameful history of those in power ignoring the needs and the interests of the majority. Colonial and subsequent Apartheid laws reduced black people in South Africa to merely being cheap labour to service the needs of these economies. Poverty, inequality and hunger, while visible in the faces and cupped hands of […]

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SA’s budget still transparent, but devil is in lack of details

BY ALBERT VAN ZYL AND JAY KRUUSE — THE newly released Open Budget index for 2015 is widely seen as the global measure for national budget transparency, so it is an important achievement for SA to have remained one of the top performers. This biennial survey is the only independent, comparative survey of budget transparency, citizen participation and independent oversight institutions in the budgeting process […]

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SPII WELCOMES ALAN FINE ONTO ITS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) – an independent research think tank that focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies – is pleased to welcome seasoned journalist and communications specialist Alan Fine onto its board of trustees. Fine, who worked as a trade unionist for the Commercial, Catering and Allied Workers’ Union in the 1980s […]

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African Dialogue, 1 Feb FOOD SECURITY

South Africa amongst other SADC countries is forced to import maize as drought and soaring temperature levels have destroyed crops. South Africa will need to import about 934 000 tons of yellow maize worth 137 million US dollars from countries like Argentina and Ukraine. The drought has damaged crops in the Free State and North West, which comprised 64% of output in 2014. The local […]

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National Budget Policy Brief Series Launch

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE SPII LAUNCHES POLICY BRIEF SERIES CALLED “SOCIO-ECONOMIC RIGHTS AND THE NATIONAL BUDGET” Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) is proud to announce the launch of a Policy Brief Series called “Socio-Economic Rights and the National Budget”. This series of publications will provide an in-depth analysis of budget expenditure on the human rights commitments enshrined in the South African Constitution and the […]

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SPII WELCOMES FAZEL RANDERA ONTO ITS BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII) – an independent research think tank that focuses on generating new knowledge, information and analysis in the field of poverty and inequality studies – is pleased to welcome yet another renowned veteran onto its board of trustees, former inspector general for South Africa’s intelligence service Dr Mohamed Fazel Randera. Randera, who is currently a Non-Executive Director of Exxaro […]

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Zero minimum wage equals maximum shame

By Angelo BUsiness is serving its own interests at the expense of the country by stalling on fair pay, writes Angelo Louw The introduction of a national minimum wage is a contentious issue that has been repeatedly delayed by a narrow focus on its potential impact on company bottom lines; but, as long as the country stalls on implementation, it digs itself deeper into despair… […]

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Welfare Kids’ Funeral Cover Pits Insurers Against S. Africa

By Franz Wild andThembisile Augustine Dzonzi Sanlam Ltd. and Lion of Africa Assurance Co. are among insurers whose sale of funeral policies for children on welfare has led to a confrontation with South Africa’s government, which wants to end the practice. Agents for the companies and other insurers sell policies to parents or guardians who receive the welfare grants on the children’s behalf. The forms they […]

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The debate on national minimum wages in South Africa

Last week in a twitter debate, former Reserve Bank governor, Tito Mboweni, said that no worker in South Africa should earn less than R3,000 per month. He called for sectoral minimum wages to be enforced as opposed to a single minimum wage across the board as is being proposed by the government. He said that instead of a minimum wage in South Africa we need […]

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