economy

Global Peace Index Released

South Africa ranks 136 out of 162 countries in this year’s Global Peace Index (GPI) and 37 out of 44 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa.

According to the index, the economic impact of containing and dealing with the consequences of South Africa’s levels of violence was estimated to cost the national economy US$66.7 billion in 2014.

Published by the global think tank, Institute for Economics and Peace, the index also finds that escalating civil strife and the consequent refugee crisis have been among the key drivers in increasing the cost of global violence containment.

Skills and Training Policymakers Should Focus on ‘Demand-Side’

Business continues to struggle to find adequate skills in South Africa, despite government’s extensive reforms to the national skills development and training system that have taken place over the last decade. This is as a result of government’s focus on building supply-side interventions such as sector skills councils, qualifying frameworks, grading of qualifications, and funding based on these, rather than acting to create the skills the country demands.
 

State of the Nation 2015: Mining and Energy

Putting aside all the controversies surrounding President Jacob Zuma’s delivery of the 2015 State of the Nation address, the speech is worth analysing.
 
Such an assessment should reflect on the government’s own stated priorities, but also evaluate its success in engaging with important public policy concerns at this pivotal point in South Africa’s history. During the 2015 Mining Indaba, concluded just hours before, Mineral Resources Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, assured investors that South Africa is open for business.

Centre for Development and Enterprise: Programme Director - Jobs and Growth

The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is an independent policy research and advocacy organisation. It is one of South Africa's leading development think tanks, focusing on critical development issues and their relationship to economic growth and democratic consolidation. Through examining South African realities and international experience, CDE formulates practical policy proposals outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges. CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.

Centre for Development and Enterprise: Designer/Developer

The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) is an independent policy research and advocacy organisation. It is one of South Africa's leading development think tanks, focusing on critical development issues and their relationship to economic growth and democratic consolidation. Through examining South African realities and international experience, CDE formulates practical policy proposals outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges. CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.

Visualising the End of Inequality - A New Path to Negotiation

Do we live in a world where powerful men in government, powerful men in business and powerful men in army uniforms conspire to smash popular dissent to the growing inequality?

When the Forbes magazine - not the representative of the world's poor - quotes an Oxfam report, released at the World Economic Forum (WEF) Davos meeting this year, that raises the obscenity of inequality - then it is time the world’s rich and powerful stand up and answer some serious questions.

Water Misery Intensifies in Zimbabwe

According to Takudzwa Munyaka, Zimbabweans in city centres are resorting to digging wells for water and even hospitals face a major crisis.

While the major focus has been on economic problems, Zimbabwe has been faced with a severe liquidity crunch, which has led to company closures and massive job loses, a huge humanitarian disaster is emerging. This as the government fails to provide social services, including clean water.

From Grandstanding to Straight Talking

With the elections still fresh in our minds, it is tempting to dismiss the African National Congress (ANC) secretary general Gwede Mantashe's announcement of a small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) ministry as political showboating. Business owners and industry commentators can, perhaps, also be forgiven for rolling their eyes at the likelihood of more growth-inhibiting bureaucracy.
 

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