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Conservation as cost

By: Saliem Fakir     7th June 2019 The conservation movement has been around for a long time. In its modern version, it can be traced to the curiosity of early explorers like Darwin,... 

Independent power producers and Weet-Bix

By: Saliem Fakir     19th April 2019 There is a vociferous attack on independent power producers (IPPs) and renewables in South Africa, despite the energy crisis that the country is... 

Reflection on proposed splitting of Eskom

By: Saliem Fakir     15th March 2019 The mere mention of the splitting of State-owned  electricity utility Eskom into three parts invikes the conclusion that it is a Trojan horse for... 

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Building sustainable economies through good governance of extractives industry

By: Saliem Fakir     1st March 2019 A pertinent question remains unanswered: Can mining economies lead to sustainable economies? This is an appropriate question to ask in the context... 

The Eskom quagmire

By: Saliem Fakir     1st February 2019 As we enter the year 2019, State-owned electricity utility Eskom, once a success story of South Africa's industrialisation programme, is now an... 

Reflections on global conventions in a postliberal order

By: Saliem Fakir     18th January 2019 I was in Sharm-El Shaik, Egypt, in November at a gathering of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) of the Conference of the Parties (COP).... 

Africa’s infrastructure and recent climate report

By: Saliem Fakir     30th November 2018 It was my first attendance at the yearly Africa Infrastructure conference, held in Sandton this year on October 9 and 10. Infrastructure has always... 

Strategic economics in times of uncertainty

By: Saliem Fakir     19th October 2018 In his excellent three-volume work titled Wheels of Commerce, Fernand Braudel describes countries or city states as islands in a world economy.... 

The industrialisation debate in SA – what are the lessons?

By: Saliem Fakir     21st September 2018 Manufacturing has been in slow decline in the past decade or so. The sector has always been treated as a useful link between mining and... 

Using Douglas North’s institutional economics to understand State capture

By: Saliem Fakir     24th August 2018 Douglas North remains an influential institutional economist and his work on institutional economics can help us understand economic development... 

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