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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Women in the 4IR

Advancing gender equality is crucial to ensure a sustainable future since women account for just over half the world’s working-age population. If women do not achieve their full economic potential, the global economy will increasingly be lopsided with half...

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A plea for the end of the ‘manel’

Earlier this month I attended the SADC Industrialisation Week in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and had the opportunity to learn new things. One of them was the term ‘manel’. I am a veteran of many conferences, summits and workshops...

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News skills for Africa’s future

President Ramaphosa’s June 2019 State of the Nation Address emphasised the need to transform South Africa’s education system. He went further, highlighting that one of Africa’s most urgent challenges is the exclusion of the continent’s youth cohort from any...

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