inequality

 
No crèche or preschool for 1.1m children
No crèche or preschool for 1.1m children
It is mid-morning on a hot Monday. Driving in Soweto, most streets are quiet — most children are at school and adults at work. The streets of...
The idealism of #ImStaying has its limits
The idealism of #ImStaying has its limits
Disappointment and dissatisfaction seem to define post-apartheid South Africa. These attitudes manifest in different ways. For the millions of...
The case for not punishing drug users
The case for not punishing drug users
Strange, isn’t it, that none of us, when asked what we wanted to be when we were grown-up, answered “homeless, unemployed, alienated from...
Why South Africa should seriously consider taxing its wealthy citizens
Why South Africa should seriously consider taxing its wealthy citizens
This is an edited extract from a chapter in the recently published The state of the nation: poverty & inequality: diagnosis, prognosis and responses....
When entrepreneurship self-help isn’t enough
When entrepreneurship self-help isn’t enough
By presenting poverty as a choice out of which it is possible to claw your way through sheer willpower, self-help books fail to address...
We become fakes when we wear fakes
We become fakes when we wear fakes
In an appallingly tragic incident, a Johannesburg man was shot dead last week for his Rolex. A Rolex that turned out to be fake.
Communitarian ideals in capitalist workplaces
Communitarian ideals in capitalist workplaces
I have been wondering whether the differences between the libertarian and the communitarian have become merely academic or are still substantive...
If rot starts at the top, so too must hope begin with leadership
If rot starts at the top, so too must hope begin with leadership
South Africa is a country of contrasts, haunted by its history and divided by inequality. The country has a Gini coefficient of 0.63, which makes...
Day Zero: Lessons for cities in Global South
Day Zero: Lessons for cities in Global South
Gina Ziervogel and Leonie Joubert, authors of Day Zero: One City’s Response to a Record-Breaking Drought, argue that for an unequal and...
Youth are agents of change in our democracy
Youth are agents of change in our democracy
Young people are an integral part of our democracy. They are a demographic that is mobilising across society, demanding an opportunity to...
This Africa Day, the continent is at a crossroads
This Africa Day, the continent is at a crossroads
This Africa Day it is fitting to reflect on Kwame Nkrumah’s prescient remark “I am not African because I was born in Africa, but because Africa...
Voting sheepishly (but not like a sheep)
Voting sheepishly (but not like a sheep)
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