Eddie Rakabe

Manage urban transformation to avoid infrastructure blockages

It is possible to urbanise without congestion and the attendant ills through emphasis on better institutions, writes Eddie Rakabe

This time it’s different: African economies may not survive

Amid the headwinds created by the Covid-19 pandemic, it’s time the Aloe ferox, which survives in dry, harsh conditions, is nurtured — but the options are limited

The informal economy is necessary to deal with the unemployment crisis

It is more connected to the broader economy than we realise and should be supported

Shake up institutions controlling the economy to dislodge inequality

The state uses policies and regulations to drive socioeconomic change, but market bias dominates

Cutting the public sector wage bill won’t fly: The key is to manage it better

The state’s wage bill has increased threefold over the past 14 years: it’s time we have a nuanced discussion about how to solve this conundrum

Citizen participation is essential to change government

In the absence of bold reforms, voters and the general public are left with one option — to embrace participatory governance

Don’t dismiss ANC’s rural voters as ignorant

Critics don’t understand why citizens in the poorest provinces would still back the ruling party

Mine standoff is a licence to rethink laws

Government needs to respect the court ruling and the Xolobeni residents’ resistance to mining

Allow local councils to do their fiscal duties

Top-down meddling by central government flouts the laws and spirit of multilevel democracy

Formulate workable solutions to create and protect jobs

Laws must bring an end to workers’ exploitation

Rural areas need change of mind-set

Densification of the towns would improve service delivery and local business should be stimulated

Development key to effective land reform

Secure tenure in rural areas, access to urban land and educating new farmers will help policy succeed

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