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No one should be as rich as Elon Musk

The reactions to Elon Musk’s billionaire status are evidence that far too many South Africans have not fully grasped the destructive consequences of inequality. Entrepreneur...

The inefficiency of the Gini coefficient

To simplify complex inequality into a single statistic doesn’t address how to accurately assess (or reduce) South Africa’s large wealth divide

The ‘warning lights flash red’ for Earth

It’s the Age of Humans — the Anthropocene — and the most serious threats to our experience and existence on our planet are human-made

Match of the day: Sport vs ecology

We need a profound rethinking of the meaning of sustainability in sport — the global commercial model is neither environmentally nor socially sound

Our world needs empathetic intervention — not heroes

The pandemic has reminded us of interconnectedness and that we need to see the world from various perspectives, especially in case studies

Fight inequality the South African way

Civil society helped topple apartheid, but the struggle is not over. The gap between rich and poor has widened and corruption and poor governance is evident

The young and the rentless: Inside Camps Bay’s ‘hijacked’ mansion

An activist art collective is refusing to leave a luxury holiday home, claiming their protest is to highlight landlessness and growing inequality in Cape Town

Colin Coleman: Beyond the ‘two-speed’ society

A 10-point plan for streamlining South Africa’s economy

Investing in innovation will reduce unemployment and poverty

South African inventions that have changed the world are all underpinned by research, development and significant financial backing — to lose this would be tragic

Economists should really look wider before speaking about schools

‘We believe that opening schools without addressing an unfair and unequal education system that disadvantages poor, working class and rural children will increase inequality.’

Khaya Sithole: Lessons to be learned from partitions

South Africa’s economic, racial and social divides invite unrest that will leave us all worse off

More black students at university, but still starting at a disadvantage

The headcount of black students at all universities stood at 84.8% in 2017 compared with 14.3% of white students. In 2005 black students comprised 74.5% of the university population while white students made up 25.3%

Towards a people’s economics of education

Reopening of schools seems to be less about the teachers, parents and students and more about desperate attempts to rescue our failing and unsustainable capitalist economy

White men still rule and earn more

Women and black people occupy only a few seats at the JSE table, the latest PwC report has found

Covid-19 pandemic highlights challenges of online teaching and learning

The obvious hurdle is how to deal with economic inequalities among students, while other difficulties are communication without the physical aspects and how to build trust.

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