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New opportunities for South African agriculture: the African Continental Free Trade Area

17th February 2021 The new African Free Continental Trade Area phases out 90% of tariffs on all goods traded between African Union member states over a 5 to 10 year... 

African governments should have a fresh look at agriculture as part of the economic recovery plan after Covid-19

3rd December 2020 The Covid-19 pandemic presents an opportunity for African governments to relook agriculture as part of the economic recovery plan. A new approach... 

The Covid-19 crisis has amplified spatial inequalities

1st October 2020 The economic and social crisis induced by Covid-19 is unfolding in different ways across the country. New evidence from the NIDS-CRAM survey... 


Covid-19’s economic effects: tourism’s supply-chain impacts

13th August 2020 While the impact of the Covid-19 lock-down on the tourism sector may seem clear, the potential impact on its supply chain has not been... 

Finance and businesses in the time of Corona

1st April 2020 The lockdown and physical distancing measures of government impact small and medium-sized companies severely as they lack the financial reserves to... 

Soaring deficits and debt: restoring sustainability amidst low economic growth

24th February 2020 The debt burden of the national government has steadily increased from 27% in 2007. It is heading towards 70% in 2022/3 if this trajectory is not... 

Hiding in plain sight: high-value agriculture’s large-scale potential to grow jobs and exports

18th September 2019 South Africa has a major but overlooked opportunity to expand the production of high-value agricultural products that are both labour-intensive and... 

Socio-economic class in South Africa: playing snakes and ladders with loaded dice

13th August 2019 Experiences of poverty over time differ markedly. Out of four South Africans, two experience persistent poverty with few future prospects. Another... 

The informal economy: Is policy based on correct assumptions?

19th February 2019 We analyse the emphasis in informal-sector and informal-economy policy, highlighting who runs the risk of being missed. We then interrogate... 

Why has manufacturing employment declined so rapidly?

3rd October 2018 The manufacturing sector has performed poorly and employment has fallen sharply. Policy has tended to push manufacturing onto a more... 

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