DLL Publications and Reports

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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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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Working Paper No 9 – 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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The Measurement of Poverty in South Africa Project: Key issues

Poverty is a contested concept; and it is contested with good reason. Arguments over how poverty should be conceptualised, defined and measured go beyond semantics and academic hair-splitting. The conceptualisation, definition and measurement of poverty in a society is like a mirror-image of the ideals of that society: in conceptualising, defining and measuring what is unacceptable in a society we are also saying a great deal about the […]

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Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit

South Africa’s largest active labour market intervention (ALMP) is the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP). Its first five‐year phase has been completed and a second phase, more ambitious by far than its predecessor, has commenced. Critical analysis suggests that contrary to the hype, the programme has thus far made little lasting impact on the poverty and unemployment it is supposed to address. The analysis is […]

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Working paper No 3: Literature review and policy synopsis of the “Social Wage” in South Africa

Unusually for a society undergoing such a recent democratic transition the South African policy environment reflects high levels of comparability to, and many topical issues are shared with, high income, democratic societies and. The sophistication of the policy and legislative framework, would, taken by itself, suggest a highly evolved and entrenched “social compact” in South Africa. A people centered public administration, an obligation to promote […]

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