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Viable alternatives to government’s expropriation plans

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We published a new research paper highlighting the dangers of property confiscation (also known as expropriation without compensation) and nationalisation. The paper Private Property, Public Interest: Alternatives to Confiscation and Nationalisation identifies at least five alternatives, each of which empowers the vulnerable, to the government's dangerous plans which simply empower the state.

BOOK REVIEW | Bill Freund: An Historian’s Passage to Africa

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Bill Freund, the late social historian and leading analyst of African history, passed away in 2020 soon after finishing his autobiography. Often described as the academy’s ‘outsider insider’, he was an eminent South African historian who published prodigiously in the areas of labour, capital and economic history.

Wealth tax: A bad idea

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National Treasury has indicated that it will assess the viability of a future wealth tax, as it collects more data in the coming months following the recommendations of the Davis Tax Committee. South African Revenue Service (SARS) will focus on consolidating wealth data for taxpayers through third-party information, Treasury said in its 2021 budget review.

BOOK REVIEW | Surfacing: On being black and feminist in South...

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What do African feminist traditions that exist outside the canon look and feel like? What complex cultural logics are at work outside the centres of power? How do spirituality and feminism influence each other? What are the histories and experiences of queer Africans? What imaginative forms can feminist activism take?

Public service for a new era: how to outmanoeuvre shifts in...

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After months of managing the COVID-19 crisis, people and businesses are depending on the public sector to guide them through the next several months and possibly years of uncertainty. It’s time to capitalise on what’s been achieved via the new policies and service delivery models that were developed in response to the crisis.

Protecting South Africa’s biodiversity – little steps can be made by...

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For the past 50 years, human activities have dramatically reduced biodiversity across the globe. We have, through our actions, extinguished our habitats and reduced populations of plants and wild animals by up to 60% so that today, our natural resources and the species on our planet are under threat – from us.

What does our future look like if leaders refuse to be...

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During the years of President Jacob Zuma’s leadership, the country experienced many great governance challenges which played out in the courts and the public domain. The Public Protector at the time  - Ms. Thuli Madonsela - appeared to be winning the battle against corruption, notwithstanding the great odds that she was facing.

BOOK REVIEW | It’s Not a Big Thing In Life

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It’s all about your big things in life and your less big things in your life and the energy you assign to each. It’s Not a Big Thing In Life is a book by a 77-year-old Arnie Witkin with Illustrations by Dov Fedler and a foreword by Michael Holding. This book is the same genre as ‘Tuesdays with Morrie’ and ‘Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff?’

BOOK REVIEW | The Vulnerable Man

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The Vulnerable Man is a raw, heartfelt and highly actionable book, inviting readers to walk alongside the author as his life began to crumble as a 'Highly Sensitive Person'. Anderson was on top of his game as an entrepreneur, but secretly struggling due to taking on others’ problems, supressing his own emotions and doing anything to be the brave face of his family.

Why government should stick to core competencies and let the private...

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Although it is famous among middle-class tourists for its exquisite beaches, life in the OR Tambo district municipality in the former Transkei is far from beautiful for its residents. The district is one of the most deprived places in the country. Barely 6% of homes have piped water while less than one in ten households have flush toilets.

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