DLL Publications and Reports

LETTER: Minimum wages did not destroy jobs in Germany

LETTER: Minimum wages did not destroy jobs in Germany

SIR — Jasson Urbach claims (Business Day, September 4) that the introduction of the national minimum wage in Germany had “adverse consequences” and cost jobs. But the author misunderstands the experience of minimum wages in Germany. The growing consensus in Germany is that the effects of this policy innovation have so far been generally positive. If other countries are to learn from the German experience, […]

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Towards a Decent Standard of Living – Policy Brief Number 4

The discussion regarding a decent standard of living in South Africa has received renewed impetus with the ratification in 2015 by the South African government of the UN International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which former President Nelson Mandela signed at the UN in September 1994. The South African National Development Plan 2030 too makes specific reference to the attainment of a decent […]

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Working Paper 9 – A Decent Living Level

Working Paper 9 – A Decent Living Level

The National Development Plan (NDP) aims to eliminate all poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030 .1 The poverty line used to benchmark poverty in the NDP is R418 per person per day in 2009 prices. According to the NDP, 39% of people living in South Africa in 2009 fell below this line. The objective is to reduce that to zero by 2030. […]

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Towards a Decent Standard of Living Invitation

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Minimum Wage Debate

“The National Minimum Wage clearly has advocates and nay-sayers.  What is interesting about the following article is that despite the positive content in the article about national minimum wages, the headline suggests otherwise.  Furthermore, the article does not comment anywhere on the issue of wage inequalities in South Africa, which is one of the legacies of Apartheid that the National Minimum Wage is seeking to […]

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Policy Brief 3 – Towards a Decent Living Level

By Isobel Frye — Policy Brief: Participative Construction of a Basket of Basic Goods and Services for a Decent Living Level in a Democratic South Africa On 22 November 2013, Studies in Poverty and Inequality Institute (SPII), the Labour Research Service (LRS) and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES) held a second seminar as part of the project “Constructing of a Basket of Basic Goods and Services in a Democratic South Africa”. […]

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Policy Brief 2 – Towards a Decent Living Level

By Isobel Frye — This Policy Brief sets out the parameters of a new study into developing a minimum living level being undertaken by SPII and contains an Appendix with useful current poverty, unemployment and social grant information. Despite the political transition in 1994 from an exclusionary, racial capitalist state under Apartheid to an inclusive democratic one, and notwithstanding having one of the most progressive constitutions globally, South Africa continues to face the […]

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POLICY BRIEF 1 – Towards a Decent Living Level

On 27 September 2013, Studies in Poverty and Inequality (SPII) and the Friedrich-Ebert Stiftung (FES) held the first consultative team meeting to discuss a National Minimum Living Level. The meeting was held at NEDLAC House, Rosebank, Johannesburg. Presenters and individuals that attended the meeting have an interest in a Minimum Living and were advocating for it in their respective institutions. In his opening remarks, the CEO of NEDLAC, Alistair Smith, called […]

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Report on initial exploratory focus group research into a decent living level

The National Development Plan (NDP) aims to eliminate all poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030 .[1] The poverty line used to benchmark poverty in the NDP is R418 per person per day in 2009 prices.  According to the NDP, 39% of people living in South Africa in 2009 fell below this line.  The objective is to reduce that to zero by 2030.  […]

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