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Reduce poverty through jobs & reduce inequality through education

Oxfam is at it again. With their latest report we are back to the same old mantra: wealth inequality is on the rise and the only solution is to tax the hell out of the rich. Further reflection reveals that the solution isn’t that simple. But first, some relevant distinctions.

Bad economics is killing rhino

Now, I’m a fan of rhinos. I will admit the one that chased us one day wasn’t on my list of favourites at the time, but she didn’t stop me from going back into the bush later to look for more. I spent a little more than a decade living in Africa and would visit wildlife reserves 3 or 4 times per year at the least. One rhino reserve was about 30 minutes from home, but I often visited the larger reserves in Kwa-Zulu Natal or Mpumalanga. 

Land discourse being used as smoke and mirrors

The land debate, as hackneyed as it is, is being used by both the EFF and the ANC as a proxy fix to whitewash various crises that face the poor black majority in the country. In this article I’ll examine four basic reasons why 'the land' by itself will neither restore dignity nor be a catalyst for the advancement for the poor black majority.

The plight of the poor should be our focus, not inequality

According to Oxfam, a new billionaire was created every two days in 2018. What an incredible, remarkable phenomenon. Never have people created so much wealth for themselves through businesses and trading.

Right to compensation central to protecting human rights

Government’s push to water down the constitutional protection for property rights in South Africa by amending the Constitution should shock everyone of whatever race or socio-economic background. Every South African who owns property will be in jeopardy if the vital check of compensation is repealed.

Afro-socialists are the cause of black poverty

“Black man, you are on your own.” – S Biko. What did Biko mean when he said this? Did he mean that putting people with a black skin colour in power would automatically solve all our problems?

Is multilingualism the silver bullet?

The Apartheid government’s Afrikaans Medium Decree of 1974 forced black schools to integrate Afrikaans as a language of instruction. This event struck a nerve that triggered the Soweto uprising of 1976 and contributed to exposing the Apartheid system for what it was: government tyranny.

Vouchering education to benefit low income communities

In the 2016-2017 World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report, South Africa's primary education system was rated 126th out of 138 countries.

Government hubris leaves South Africans in the dark

Industry grinds to a halt. Traffic stands gridlocked. Lights in dangerous areas go out. People sit in the dark. Whereas Christmas should usher in a time of jovial spirit, this December once again brings in load-shedding for South Africans.

Draft ‘Bank Resolution’ Bill is vague and violates the ‘rule of...

The draft Bill aimed at shoring up struggling banks violates the 'rule of law' by authorising unequal treatment without identifying objective differences to justify it. In addition, in dispensing with equal treatment merely because someone at the SA Reserve Bank, without objective criteria, determines that such action is necessary.
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