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The Social Relief of Distress Grant: how it stimulated local economies

By: Econ3x3      9th June 2023 The Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant was a key policy mechanism introduced to mitigate the effects on vulnerable groups of the COVID pandemic... 


The Covid-19 TERS policy saved at least 2-million jobs – but not without some unintended results

By: Econ3x3      26th May 2023 About three years have passed since the South African government introduced the COVID-19 Temporary Employer-Employee Relief Scheme (TERS) in... 


Special Covid-19 grants not only provided income relief: they also improved labour-market outcomes

By: Econ3x3      30th March 2023 The Social Relief of Distress grant was the first in South Africa to target unemployed adults. Its main aim was to provide income support in a time... 

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How South Africa may leverage the BRICS chair for agribusiness

By: Econ3x3      16th March 2023 Despite BRICS not being a trade bloc, its economic cooperation arrangement offers South Africa a strategic platform to advance its trade interests.... 


Education is improving but the message is hard to convey

By: Econ3x3      2nd March 2023 South Africa’s improvements in international standardised tests have been exceptionally steep, albeit off a low base, for some 15 years. Six... 


The creative spark of a public employment programme

By: Econ3x3      17th February 2023 The Presidential Employment Stimulus has created more than one million jobs and livelihood opportunities since its inception two years ago. In the... 


Integrated urban services can boost regional development in Africa – this is how

By: Econ3x3      3rd February 2023 Urbanisation provides a unique opportunity to accelerate economic and social development across Africa. South Africa has some of the technical... 


How trade restrictions affect consumers: the case of frozen chicken

By: Econ3x3      19th January 2023 Trade protection in South Africa has increased overall since 2014. This has manifested in a rising incidence of tariffs covering intermediate... 


Budget pressures erode capacity of the criminal justice system

By: Econ3x3      2nd December 2022 The criminal justice system faces severe challenges: as organised crime has risen, the capacity of the system has diminished. A close look at... 


How agro-processing can boost regional integration – and development

By: Econ3x3      22nd September 2022 Regional integration in Africa is underway but progress requires that the gains are widely spread. South Africa’s huge regional trade surplus in... 

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