Deepening Democracy through Access to Information

The Anti-Trafficking Bill, the Immigration Act and the Refugee Appeal Board 

By: Chris Watters     7th April 2010 The Justice Portfolio Committee's announcement that it will not be ‘fast-tracking' the Anti-Tracking Bill [‘ATB'] is to be welcomed by allowing for... 

Benefits of democracy lost in the gap between constitution and complex reality

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      29th March 2010 Along the mall in Washington DC stands the Korean war memorial. Alongside it, a marble wall with the powerful words, ‘Freedom is not free'. 

State-led development and neoliberalism 

By: Seeraj Mohamed     26th March 2010 There is much anti-State sentiment in South Africa, which is given much voice in the media. A great deal of negative sentiment is due to the... 

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Is bling the new opium of the people? 

By: Brandon Hamber     26th March 2010 I recently spent time back home in South Africa. It was fantastic: family, friends, sunshine, fine food and wine. I also visited various community... 

Zuma wins brownie points

By: Denis Worrall     25th March 2010 At the beginning of February, Omega organised its 12th Euro-African conferences in London and Munich on investment into Sub-Saharan Africa; and one... 

Fragile recoveries and 
continued risks

By: Seeraj Mohamed     19th March 2010 We have lived through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, but activities and attitudes in financial and economic markets seem... 

Foreign spectators and visas for 2010

By: Chris Watters     18th March 2010 The Department of Home Affairs has set out its permit arrangements for the anticipated flood of spectators coming to the World Cup. 

Zuma simply needs to play by the rules

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      10th March 2010 We should not have to be dragooned into setting high standards in public life. We should willingly seek maximum openness about what our public... 

Why the fuss about economic growth?

By: Seeraj Mohamed     5th March 2010 Statistics South Africa reported on February 23 that real gross domestid product (GDP) “at market prices increased by 3,2% quarter-on-quarter,... 

Govt should rethink macroeconomic policy

By: Seeraj Mohamed     26th February 2010 On February 12, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) released a Staff Position Note titled ‘Rethinking macroeconomic policy’.  

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