Urban development

Why Are You Laughing?

The recent protests which have rocked the Southern parts of Johannesburg, more specifically the Coloured townships of Eldorado Park and Ennerdale, should not be looked at in isolation. The organisation and mobilisation of this largely unemployed, marginalised, and erased people have been a recurring trend across Johannesburg, from Reiger Park to Westbury. They pertain primarily to two matters, a “housing” crisis and the issue of criminality.

Call for Papers: Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Health Economic and HIV/AIDS Research Division (HEARD) is a self-funded, applied research unit based at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban. HEARD conducts a range of research-from pure to applied- seeking to support all those intent on designing interventions to reduce the HIV pandemic in all sectors  in  the  SADC and East Africa region. Its research agenda is driven by current issues and is aimed at producing knowledge and evidence critical to informed policies and actions.

Innovations in HIV Prevention in Africa

Unemployment and the Rights of Workers

The most important, single issue facing government today is improving conditions for greater labour absorption.

The South African Bill of Rights says, “Every citizen has the right to choose their trade, occupation or profession freely.” But local laws and institutions do not fully support that right, and one consequence is our staggering unemployment rate.

Youth Unemployment on the Increase

Youth unemployment in South Africa is gnawing at its economic recovery as new research reveals the proportion of youth under the age of 24 who cannot find work is now at a shocking 74 percent.

Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) executive director, Miriam Altman, points out that the new data shows this is the heart of the economic problem, adding that 75 percent of the job losses experienced during the 2009/2010 recession were people under the age of 34.

Call for Alternative Housing for Eviction Victims

Amnesty International has accused Zimbabwe's unity government of failing to provide for victims of a mass eviction blitz five years ago that left 700 000 people destitute.

Amnesty and the Coalition of Forced Evictions, made up of Zimbabwean groups, call on that country’s government to provide alternative housing or compensation to people left homeless and jobless by Operation Murambatsvina (Drive Out Filth).

Planact Comments on the 2010/11 Budget

The Minister’s speech comes with no surprises as we are all aware of the global economic crisis that did not spare South Africa, resulting in a recession. However, the Minister can only do what can be done, especially when we look at the growing budget deficit which is envisaged to continue growing in the next 3 years, hitting the R1.3 trillion mark before it slows down. It is a well balanced budget that needs to be commended.

Government to Tackle Housing Shortage – Zuma

Government plans to set up a guarantee fund of R1 billion to incentivise the private banking and housing sector to develop new products to meet the country’s housing demand.

President Jacob Zuma, in his state of the nation address in Parliament, said a key new initiative will be to accommodate people whose salaries are too high to get government subsidies, but who earn too little to qualify for a normal bank mortgage.

Annual Review of Development Effectiveness 2009

The Independent Evaluation Group of the World Bank has just released its annual flagship publication - the Annual Review of Development Effectiveness - for 2009. This presents findings on the outcomes of Bank projects and country programmes and the evolution of monitoring and evaluation (M&E). The review examines the Bank's support for environmentally sustainable development compatible with economic growth and poverty reduction.

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