There are more people receiving social grants in South Africa than there are people with jobs. This is the finding from the latest South Africa Survey published by the IRR last week. Furthermore, as the economy slows, the government will find it harder to expand the rollout of grants, or to increase their value. According to IRR analyst Gerbrandt van Heerden: “In 2016, there were 15 545 000 people with jobs in South Africa while 17 094 331 people were receiving social grants.” Van Heerden said, “The numbers are a recipe for social and political chaos. With South Africa formally in recession, …‘Click here to read full article…’
This is the murder rate in South Africa, broken down by province. Our Western Cape remains troubled, one of the most dangerous in our country. The image below is provided by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR) in their 2017 Quality of Life report.
White South Africans have considerably higher quality of life than Coloured, Indian/Asian and Black South Africans, according to a Fast Facts report released today by the South African Institute of Race Relations (IRR). The report also shows that Gauteng and the Western Cape have a significantly higher quality of life than rural provinces. In South Africa’s Quality of Life: A Brief Reading, the IRR presents its newly developed Quality of Life Index, which seeks to track the country’s progress in improving living standards by comparing indicators across South Africa’s nine provinces and the four major race groups. Each of the …‘Click here to read full article…’
Against the background of the criminal charge brought against the Minister of Finance, Mr Pravin Gordhan, the IRR has released a policy paper titled The Rise of the New Right: South Africa’s Road to 2024 on the prospects for a forced, quite authoritarian, economic reform process in South Africa. IRR CEO Dr Frans Cronje said: “The decision to charge Mr Gordhan with fraud ties into one of our scenarios that describes the rise of a new right wing in South Africa’s politics. One of the less explored policy avenues open to the South African government is to follow the examples …‘Click here to read full article…’
The South African Institute of Race Relations stands ‘shoulder to shoulder’ with the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF) after raid – warns of ‘David versus Goliath” battle to safeguard democracy. The Institute of Race Relations has noted the raid on the offices of the Helen Suzman Foundation. The IRR said it had little doubt the raid was a covert operation by rogue State security forces. The IRR’s CEO Dr Frans Cronje said, “Helen Suzman started her career at the IRR and worked closely with the organisation throughout her life. Today, inspired by her brave example, we stand shoulder to shoulder with …‘Click here to read full article…’
South Africa saw its economic freedom score slip from 62.6 to 61.9 in the latest Index of Economic Freedom report released by the Heritage Foundation in Washington this week. This was contrary to the overall trend for southern Africa which saw the regional freedom score improve from 54.9 to 55.5. South Africa was rated as the seventh most free economy in Africa and as one of only ten African economies rated as ‘mostly free’ or ‘moderately free’. Mauritius, Botswana, Cape Verde, Rwanda, Ghana and the Seychelles all lead South Africa in the economic freedom rankings. No economy in Africa was …‘Click here to read full article…’
A looming water disaster that could have been avoided South Africa’s water shortage is not simply the result of the current drought, says water expert Dr Anthony Turton in an analysis published today in @Liberty, the policy bulletin of the IRR (Institute of Race Relations). “The water shortage is also an ‘induced’ one,” says Turton. “It stems from a lack of strategic planning, a loss of skills to ‘transformation’, and the fact that poorly functioning wastewater treatment plants are spewing close on 4 billion litres of untreated or partially treated sewage into the country’s dams and rivers every day.” These …‘Click here to read full article…’