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South Africa in Southern Africa

South Africa accounts for about 80 percent of the economy of the 15-member Southern African Development Community (SADC) and about 20 percent of its population. However, the adoption by Tshwane of a legitimate leadership role within SADC should b...

Community Opportunities in Commercial Agriculture: Possibilities and Challenges

Aquaculture has potential to contribute towards food and nutrition security, job creation and income for South African communities, provided that the challenges and limitations for their participation in commercial aquaculture value chains can be...

Are Trade Unions and NGOs Leveraging Social Codes to Improve Working Conditions? A Study of two Locally Developed Codes in the South African Fruit and Wine Farming Sectors

The paper explores one aspect of the food security question, namely the livelihoods of farmworkers, which ultimately speaks to the sustainability of farms and the provision of food. It focuses on the emergence of locally made private social code...

Food Trade and Investment in South Africa: Improving Coherence Between Economic Policy, Nutrition and Food Security

South Africa must address a rising burden of diet-related chronic disease while also continuing to combat persistent food insecurity and undernutrition. The prevalence of stunting among children in South Africa remains around 25%. At the same time...

Youth Unemployment in Africa: Capacity Building and Innovative Strategies from Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Swaziland

Worldwide, as well as in every African country, jobs and opportunity for the youth are consistently at the top of development agendas. By 2050, 29 percent of the total world youth population will live in Africa. For African countries, youth repres...

South Africa in Africa: The Post Apartheid Decade

The Stellenbosch seminar placed special emphasis on the interface between South Africa’s domestic political, economic and social contexts, and its foreign policy, especially its geo-strategic location in Africa. South Africa’s political transition...

The Tensions between Cultural and Constitutional Values: Chapter Nine Institutions and Gender Equality

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, and the Johannesburg-based Foundation for Human Rights (FHR) hosted two public dialogues in Cape Town, on 12 August 2015 on “The Role of Tradition and Culture: What Has South Africa Achieved in...

Reducing Violence in South Africa: Resourcing Violence Prevention

Government budgets are much like household budgets. In households, we make decisions about how to allocate limited income to buy food, pay for education, transport, childcare and so on. In the same way, a government needs to make decisions about h...

Making Up the Numbers: Measuring “Illegal Immigration” to South Africa

This paper critically reviews the current state of knowledge about undocumented migration and irregular employment in South Africa as a baseline exercise. It begins with an overview of the major causes of the upsurge in migration to South Africa ...

Gender Concerns in South African Migration Policy

Gender concerns have been markedly lacking in the development of a new national policy on international migration to South Africa, both in the policy-making process and in the content of the Green and White Papers. Given the lessons of internatio...

When there is a Gap in Law: Bridging Gaps Through Implementation of the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act 13 of 2013

After 16 years of delays, South Africa finally enacted the Prevention and Combating of Torture of Persons Act (“the Act”) in July 2013. The Act domesticates the United Nations Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatm...

The Developing Energy Landscape in South Africa: Technical Report

The global energy landscape has changed significantly in recent years and the transition to a decarbonised energy system is well underway. Transparent, flexible and integrated energy systems models are essential tools for providing credible evid...

Post Apartheid South Africa's Foreign Policy after Two Decades

Following the introduction of democratic rule in South Africa in 1994, Tshwane embarked on a new foreign policy trajectory. In July 2013, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, convened about 50 leading practitioners, ...

CDE comments on the Green Paper on International Migration

While CDE applauds the Department of Home Affairs’ attempt to open up debate on new policies for migration management, we believe that proposals for skilled immigration do not go far enough. The central point is the need to grow the economy and ...

Radical Economic Transformation

In a series of short op-ed articles, Ann Bernstein examines what Radical Economic Transformation could mean for South Africa. It’s important to ask who will pay for the radical interpretation of RET. Any economic strategy that increases expropriat...

Inclusive Economic Growth

In a series of op-eds in Business Day, Ann Bernstein has called for a new approach to making South Africa’s economy more inclusive. With ultra-high levels of unemployment, the current approach is to compensate people for their exclusion rather tha...

South Africa and the BRICS: Progress, Problems and Prospects

In August 2014, the Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, brought together about 30 key policymakers, academics, and civil society actors from Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) to reflect critically on...

South Africa, Africa and International Investment Agreements

The Centre for Conflict Resolution (CCR), Cape Town, South Africa, and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), hosted a policy advisory group seminar on “South Africa, Africa, and International Investment Agreements” in Stellenbo...

The Eagle and the Springbok: Strengthening the Nigeria / South Africa Relationship

Nigeria and South Africa have led economic integration and development, as well as peacekeeping and peace-building efforts, in their respective sub-regions and in other parts of Africa. Their partnership represents the continent’s potentially most...

South Africa and Secondary Powers: Contestation in Sub-Saharan Africa

The second most powerful states in regional hierarchies – or secondary powers – can be expected to contest against hegemons. Angola and Nigeria, and to a lesser extent Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan, can be considered secondary powers in sub-Saharan Af...

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