Dreams deferred amid NSFAS disrepair
/ 20 January 2024

Dreams deferred amid NSFAS disrepair

Access to the missing middle should be celebrated, but it is only one step in what looks to be a long journey for the higher education system

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SA’s economic policymakers need a better compass
/ 3 October 2023

SA’s economic policymakers need a better compass

Policymakers at home and abroad failed to see the 2008 crisis as an opportunity to break from the past and imagine the world anew

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Austerity, the NDP’s grim reaper
/ 29 September 2023

Austerity, the NDP’s grim reaper

Ten years after its adoption, the government has failed to achieve the targets set out in the National Development Plan. Looming spending cuts will render the NDP even more futile

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Energy crisis dims Ramaphosa’s economic ambitions
/ 17 April 2023

Energy crisis dims Ramaphosa’s economic ambitions

The president has been burned before by his administration setting expectations too high. The past five years has put the country’s real prospects into focus

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‘Tentative’ President Ramaphosa has a council for every crisis but no solutions
/ 6 February 2023

‘Tentative’ President Ramaphosa has a council for every crisis but no solutions

Obsessive consultation is a pronounced feature of Ramaphosa’s leadership style, however, it has done him – and the country – few favours

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Despite all the documents, there is no social compact in South Africa
/ 5 August 2022

Despite all the documents, there is no social compact in South Africa

The government has had many plans to boost the economy since 1994 but none have achieved their targets

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R350 social relief grant not enough to live on
/ 26 September 2021

R350 social relief grant not enough to live on

Nearly half of the population in South Africa — one of the most unequal countries in the world — is considered chronically poor.

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