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The state of economics 

By: Seeraj Mohamed     23rd April 2010 We have just lived through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression, and all the economic commentary we hear about the state of the... 

Crying wolf and 
legalised theft 

By: Brandon Hamber     23rd April 2010 Recently, we bought a new family car. The car is great but the process was surrounded by numerous dodgy ways to part us with our money. 

Pension funds should support developmental investments

By: Seeraj Mohamed     16th April 2010 Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel recently told Parliament that government would draw on pension funds investments to support economic... 

More Other Opinions

Is Malema untouchable? 

By: Denis Worrall     9th April 2010 In the wake of right-wing leader Eugene Terre'Blanche's murder, itself obviously deeply regrettable, some seriously negative statements have been... 

The Great Divide(r) 

By: Amy Witherden     9th April 2010 Just over two months ahead of the FIFA World Cup, South Africa is in crisis. The current political climate in the country seems to suggest that the... 

Time to move away from the Malema monologue to dialogue on our future 

By: Idasa, an African Democracy Institute      7th April 2010 A hip-hop star, allegedly high on cocaine ploughs into a group of schoolchildren in Soweto, killing 4 of them. The National Director of Public... 

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... 

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... 

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