Finding roles for groups at the bottom of the pyramid amidst the 4IR

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR) is a term that comes up inevitably during discussions about job losses; for instance, “Can you imagine what the unemployment rate will be when 4IR really takes hold?” We use 4IR terms like automation...

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The Forgotten African Trade Agreement

The attention of trade negotiators has been concentrated on progressing the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) over the last two years. This mega arrangement is not an easy undertaking. It has been billed to create the largest free...

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Minister Mboweni Delivers the Mini Budget Speech: Case of a Blinking Hatchet Man

Azwimpheleli Langalanga, Anna Ngarachu and Heinrich Krogman Finance Minister Tito Mboweni presented his mini-budget speech on the 30th of October 2019. The mini-budget is essentially a report that reviews the economic situation from a fiscal and monetary policy perspective, done...

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Understanding Constitutional underpinnings of the NHI

During the last two years, a debate has raged in South Africa around the proposed National Health Insurance Fund. This debate has taken place in various fora, but mostly on social media with ‘thought leaders’ airing their views on electronic...

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SACU + M Explained

Some of you may have noticed that the recently signed trade agreement between the United Kingdom and the region includes the acronym ‘SACU + M’. This is a pertinent time to remind ourselves about the most important and often...

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Domestic poultry’s ‘food security catch 22’

Trade protection is an easy sell, especially in an environment where supply-side economics does not deliver the benefits that it is supposed to. The narrative is simple: imports from other countries are displacing domestically produced goods, so intervention is...

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