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Corporate Concentration and Food Security in South Africa: Is the Commercial Agro-Food system Delivering?

"Although the current agro-food system in South Africa has the technical and organisational capacity to meet domestic food needs, there are major problems with access to food and with the nutrient content of existing food supplies. The agro-food...

Backing Small-scale Fishers: Opportunities and Challenges in Transforming the Fish Sector

"Globally, small-scale fisheries play a significant role in food security, poverty reduction and income generation. At the 2008 Global Conference on Small-Scale Fishing in Bangkok, Thailand, organised by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FA...

Can South Africa’s Sugar Industry Contribute to Clean Energy Supply? Lessons from Best Practices in Cogeneration

South Africa’s public electricity utility, Eskom, grapples continuously with the challenge of meeting the rapidly growing demand of electricity. Repeated bouts of load shedding have been a clear testimony to this challenge. There is a desperate n...

South African Government and Civil Society Responses to Zimbabwean Migration

"This policy brief discusses a key paradox in relation to Zimbabwean migration into South Africa. While Zimbabwean migration since 2000 has been the largest concentrated flow in South African history, South Africa’s reaction to this movement has b...

Professionalism and the South African Police Service: What is it and how can it help build safer communities?

"This paper does not seek to offer new empirical data informing the police professionalism debate. Instead, it explores the idea of a professional police agency while probing what the concept might mean in the South African context. Some of its fo...

South Africa: Strengthening Civilian Oversight over the Police in South Africa: The National and Provincial Secretariats for Safety and Security

"The national and provincial secretariats for Safety and Security were originally intended to provide civilian oversight and monitoring of the South African Police Service(SAPS). Ten years after the secretariats came into existence, the authors u...

Migration-Induced HIV and AIDS in Rural Mozambique and Swaziland

"South Africa's gold mining workforce has the highest prevalence rates of tuberculosis and HIV infection of any industrial sector in the country. The contract migrant labour system, which has long outlived apartheid, is responsible for this unacc...

Unholy Alliance? Assessing the Links between Organised Criminals and Terrorists in Southern Africa

"This paper explores whether similar links can be substantiated in Southern Africa. In doing so, definitional, theoretical and methodological problems around the concepts of terrorism and organised crime are highlighted. Seven case studies are exa...

Diversion in South Africa A Review of Policy and Practice, 1990–2003

"The purpose of this paper is to review the literature available on diversion in South Africa. The paper is divided into three parts:The first part examines the concept in its most general sense and traces the introduction and development of diver...

The Social Contradictions of Organised Crime on the Cape Flats

"Organised crime is traditionally viewed as a harmful anti-social phenomenon. However, in pockets of the Cape Flats it seems that a criminal elite gain community respect and support. This paper explores the origin of this support and contemplates ...

Decisions, Decisions South Africa's Foray into Regional Peace Operations

"This paper first provides a brief overview of the most salient aspects of the White Paper on Peace Missions and then examines recent deployments of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) in a peace support role, with specific reference ...

South Africa’s Defence Industry Charting A New Course?

"The South African defence industry has evolved since its establishment in the 1960s. Once the generator of military equipment to the South African armed forces, today it is focused on the export market and engaging in international alliances to e...

Informality and Inclusive Growth in Sub Saharan Africa

The connection between informality and the inclusiveness of economic growth is quite complex and varies in different contexts. Firstly, the authors find that the informal sector promotes inclusive growth through providing an alternative to unemp...

Impact of Investment Climate Reforms on Growth and Development of SMES: Comparisons from South Africa, Nigeria and Cameroon

"Drawing from World Bank Investment Climate surveys, the main objective of Investment Climate Assessment (ICA) studies is to develop a better understanding of the constraints to investment and sustained productivity growth in a given country. Afr...

From Inspiration to Implementation: Challenges facing South Africa

The birth of the new South Africa brought hope not only for South Africans, but also for sub-Saharan Africa. South Africa is committed to reconciliation and creating a more equal society. While much has been done on the political front to dismant...

Angola: Between War and Stalemate - Again?

“Angola’s armies are on the march once more. The long awaited Angolan Army (FAA) offensive against UNITA on the central Plains (‘Planalto’) commenced on 14 September, with the activation of three fronts from the cities of Huambo, Cuito and Malanje...

More than Just Numbers: The Implications of EU Enlargement from 15-25 for South Africa's Trade Strategy

This briefing offers insight into the strategic implications of European Union enlargement for South Africa’s trade strategy. This briefing focuses on the dynamics most likely to impact on EU trade strategy particularly in the sphere of agricultur...

The Comparative Importance to British Businessmen of Trade with South Africa and Trade with the Rest of Africa

This briefing has as its focus the British trade with South Africa and Africa. British companies are being pushed into choices and the choice posed has to be viewed in the context of sanctions against South Africa. Britain is a trading nation beca...

SAIIA Southern Africa Record no 47 and 48

“Southern Africa Record contains the original texts of or extracts from, important statements by political leaders, government representatives and international organisations, concerning international relations in the southern region of Africa. In...

Crime and Policing in Transitions: Comparative Perspectives

“The following discussion broadly reflects the debate which took place at the conference. It does not attempt to be a summary of all the papers presented but instead seeks to give a flavour of both the issues discussed and some of the tentative co...

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