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IMF staff report for the 2004 Article IV consultation
International Monetary Fund (IMF), Dec 2004

The framework agreement for growth and development and social dialogue in the Western Cape
Provincial Development Council, Dec 2004

The economy-wide impacts of the labour intensification of infrastructure expenditure in South Africa
Anna McCord, Dirk Ernst van Seventer, University of Cape Town, Dec 2004

Half measures: the ANC's unemployment and poverty reduction goals
Charles Meth, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dec 2004

Sense in sociability? Social exclusion and persistent poverty in South Africa
Michelle Adato, Michael Carter, Julian May, Dec 2004

What happened to the distribution of income in South Africa between 1995 and 2001?
Charles Simkins, University of the Witwatersrand, 22 Nov 2004

Conceptualising, defining and measuring poverty in South Africa: an argument for a consensual approach
Michael Noble, Andrew Ratcliffe, Gemma Wright, Centre for the Analysis of South African Social Policy, Nov 2004

Social Exclusion Discourse and Chronic Poverty: A South African Case Study
Andries du Toit, University of the Western Cape, Nov 2004

The expanded public works programme
Sean Phillips, Department of Public Works, 29 Oct 2004

Public works and overcoming under-development in South Africa
Anna McCord, University of Cape Town, 29 Oct 2004

Constructing a developmental nation - the challenge of including the poor in the post apartheid city
Sue Parnell, University of Cape Town, 29 Oct 2004

Agriculture and poverty in South Africa: can agriculture reduce poverty?
Charles Machethe, University of Pretoria, 29 Oct 2004

Community-based planning in South Africa: the CBP project as at 30 September 2004
Khanya - managing rural change, 18 Oct 2004

The pace of land reform in South Africa
Programme for Land and Agrarian Studies (PLAAS), 18 Oct 2004

Fitting the pieces together: a composite view of government's strategy to assist the unemployed in South Africa 1994 - 2004
Judith Streak, Carlene van der Westhuizen, Idasa, 12 Oct 2004

The social and economic impact of South Africa's social security system
Dr. Michael Samson, Ms. Una Lee, Mr. Asanda Ndlebe, Mr. Kenneth Mac Quene, Ms. Ingrid van Niekerk, M, Department of Social Development, 30 Sep 2004

Globalisation and labour
Zwelinzima Vavi, COSATU, 22 Sep 2004

A nation of givers? Social giving among South Africans
David Everatt, Geetash Solanki, Strategy and Tactics, Aug 2004

Understanding Gauteng's changing economic, social and political landscape: implications and challenges for the ANC - led Democratic Movement and the Democratic State during the Second Decade of Freedom
African National Congress (ANC), 1 Aug 2004

Graduation Address by Professor Amartya Sen
Amartya Sen, 30 Jul 2004

Poverty in South Africa
Craig Schwabe, Human Sciences Research Council, 26 Jul 2004

Livelihoods, (un)employment and social safety nets: reflections from recent studies in KwaZulu-Natal
Francie Lund, 22 Jul 2004

Ten Year Review: selected background research papers commissioned for the Ten Year Review process
Jul 2004

Dimensions of poverty in post-apartheid South Africa 1996 - 2001
Haroon Bhorat, Laura Poswell, Pranushka Naidoo, Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town, Jul 2004

Data for poverty measurement
Trevor Manuel, Minister of Finance, 28 Jun 2004

Talking to the (South African) Finance Minister about poverty: pro-poor policy and poverty statistics
Julian May, University of KwaZulu-Natal, 25 Jun 2004

South African National Treasury response to IMF Article IV report
National Treasury, 11 Jun 2004

South Africa in Africa: Development Partner or Investment Predator?
South Africa Foundation, Jun 2004

Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Progamme Phase 1 evaluation: nodal review
David Everatt, Nobi Dube, Moagi Ntsime, Jun 2004

Poverty measurement blues: some reflections on the space for understanding 'chronic' and 'structural' poverty in South Africa
Andries du Toit, PLAAS, UWC, 20 May 2004

Selected commentaries on the UNDP's South Africa Human Development Report 2003
SARPN, May 2004

A profile of social security beneficiaries in selected districts in the Western Cape
Jan Vorster, Ilse Eigelaar-Meets, Caroline Poole, Hester Rossouw, University of Stellenbosch, Apr 2004

Policy Commentary: Demand for Skills in South Africa
Francis Antonie, Standard Bank Economics Division, 24 Mar 2004

Policy Commentary: The South African Labour Market
Francis Antonie, Standard Bank Economic Research, 9 Mar 2004

Increases in poverty in South Africa, 1999 - 2002
Charles Meth and Rosa Dias,, Mar 2004

Budget speech 2004
Trevor Manuel, Ministry of Finance, 18 Feb 2004

Commentaries on the RSA 2004 budget
Feb 2004

Food security in South Africa: key policy issues for the medium term
Mike de Klerk, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Jan 2004

Beating the backlog: meeting targets and providing free basic services
David Hemson, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Jan 2004

Rural development: the provision of basic infrastructure services
David Hemson, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Jan 2004

2005-2006 People's Budget
People's Budget - a coalition of Cosatu, Sangoco and SACC, 2004

Labour market challenges in the post-apartheid South Africa
Haroon Bhorat, Development Problems Research Unit, 2004

Readings on the Second Economy
SARPN, 2004

Every Continent Needs an America: The Experience of South African firms doing business in Mozambique
Neuma Grobbelaar, South African Institute of International Affairs, 2004

South Africa's development path and the Government's programme of action
Alan Hirsch, 2004

Taking power in the economy: gains and directions
Institute for Justice and Reconciliation, 2004

The socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS on households in South Africa: pilot study of Welkom and Qwaqwa, Free State Province
F. Booysen, M. Bachman, Z. Matebesi and J. Meyer, University of the Free State, and Centre for Health Systems Research and Development, Jan 2004

Reducing inequality and poverty: a BIG solution
Basic Income Grant Coalition, 3 Dec 2003

Poverty and inequality in South Africa 2004 - 2014: current trends, issues and future policy options
JP Landman, EFSA, Dec 2003

Lessons for PRSP from Poverty Reduction Strategies in South Africa
Nina Hunter, Julian May, Vishnu Padayachee, University of Natal, Dec 2003

Children 'in need of care' or in need of cash? Questioning social security provisions for orphans in the context of the South African AIDS pandemic
Helen Meintjes, Children's Institute, Dec 2003

Growing old gracefully: ageing in post-apartheid South Africa
Nina Hunter, Julian May, University of KwaZulu-Natal, Dec 2003

Inequality and the social wage in South Africa: debating aspects of the ten-year review
Nov 2003

The politics of poverty
David Everatt, Nov 2003

Inequality in South Africa: nature, causes and responses
Stephen Gelb, The Edge Institute, Nov 2003

Getting by...benefits of non-contributory pension income for older South African households
Valerie Moller, Monica Ferreira, Nov 2003

South Africa in Africa and the World
25 Oct 2003

The hares, the hounds and the ANC: on joining the Third World in post-apartheid South Africa
John Saul, Oct 2003

Accountability and social activism: a new strategy for achieving socio-economic rights in a democratic South Africa
Colm Allan, Oct 2003

Towards a ten year review: synthesis report on implementation of government programmes
Policy Co-ordination and Advisory Services (PCAS), Oct 2003

The reach of the South African Child Support Grant: Evidence from KwaZulu-Natal
Anne Case, Victoria Hosegood, Frances Lund, Oct 2003

Co-operatives in South Africa: their role in job creation and poverty reduction
Kate Philip, Oct 2003

South African Communist Party: Forward to a People`s Co-operative Bank!
Blade Nzimande, South African Communist Party, 3 Sep 2003

Changing patterns of South African income distribution: towards time series estimates of distribution and poverty
Servaas van der Berg, Megan Louw, University of Stellenbosch, Sep 2003

Is monetary policy different in Africa?
Ian Plenderleith, 29 Aug 2003

Thabo Mbeki: Bold steps needed to end the `two nations` divide
African National Congress (ANC), Aug 2003

Post-Apartheid South Africas Corporate Expansion into Africa
John Daniel, Varusha Naidoo, Sanusha Naidu, Aug 2003

Social assistance grants: impact of government programmes using administrative data sets
Ingrid Woolard, 19 Jun 2003

Growth and development summit agreement
7 Jun 2003

Strategy framework for growth and development, Province of the Eastern Cape, 2004-2014
4 Jun 2003

To Liberalise or Not To Liberalise?A Review of South Africa`s Trade Policy
Peter Draper, South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA), 28 May 2003

National Religious Association for Social Development: position paper - Building a new South Africa
National Religious Association for Social Development (NRASD), 24 Apr 2003

Globalisation, Income Distribution and the Role of the State
Trevor Manuel, 24 Mar 2003

Commodifying Oppression: South African Foreign Policy towards Zimbabwe under Mbeki
Dale McKinley, Mar 2003

South African Budget speech
Trevor Manuel, 26 Feb 2003

Child well-being and poverty indicators in South Africa
Feb 2003

Annual profile South Africa
Africa Economic Research, Standard Bank Group, Jan 2003

From aid to partnership: a joint review of Norwegian - South African Development Cooperation 1995-2001
Pundy Pillay, Elling Tjnneland, Chr. Michelsen Institute, 2003

An approach to viable futures
Njabulo S Ndebele, 2003

Self-critical governance: The evolution of the Integrated Sustainable Rural Development Strategy
David Everatt, 2003

South Africa Human Development Report 2003 - summary
Asghar Adelzadeh, United Nations Development Programme, 2003

Executive summary: Food Pricing Monitoring Committee
Food pricing monitoring committee, 2003

Cosatu: Final political report
Cosatu, 5 Nov 2002

Pilot study on methods to monitor household level food security
Michael Aliber, Salome Modiselle, Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), Nov 2002

The stories behind the numbers: an investigation of efforts to deliver services to the South African poor
Servaas van der Berg/Ronelle Burger, University of Stellenbosch, Nov 2002

The Basic Income Grant: Poverty, Politics and Policy-making
Ravi Naidoo, National Labour and Economic Development Institute (NALEDI), 31 Oct 2002

Socio-economic transformation progress or regression?
Blade Nzimande, 31 Oct 2002

Expert Group Meeting on Completing The Fertility Transition
Leon Swartz, Department of Social Development, HSRC, 24 Oct 2002

Learning the lessons of global economic development
Trevor Manuel, 27 Sep 2002

Sustainable development and housing in South Africa
27 Aug 2002

Capacity building for poverty eradication: concept paper prepared for Sedibeng
Edgar Pieterse, Mirjam van Donk, 20 Aug 2002

Education, development and poverty reduction - National assembly debate on the World Summit for Sustainable Development
Professor Kader Asmal, 15 Aug 2002

Pushing back the frontiers of poverty is what its all about
Joel Netshitenzhe, 8 Aug 2002

Economic linkages between South Africa and Mozambique
Carlos Nuno Castel-Branco, Department for International Development (DFID), Aug 2002

The impact of HIV/AIDS on land reform in South Africa
Aug 2002

The integrated food security strategy for South Africa
17 Jul 2002

Impressive political gains offset by economic pain: forthcoming growth and development summit must bring benefits for the poor
Willie Madisha, COSATU, 10 Jul 2002

Water demand management in South Africa
Mr Derek Hazelton, Dr Daniel Nkhuwa, Dr Peter Robinson, IUCN, Jul 2002

South Africa`s food security crisis
Eric Watkinson, Neva Makgetla, Cosatu, Jul 2002

An overview of poverty and inequality in South Africa
Ingrid Woolard, Jul 2002

Pricing behaviour in the South African food and agricultural sector
Nick Vink, Johann Kirsten, Jun 2002

Journeys of faith: church-based responses to HIV and AIDS in three southern African countries
Gideon Byamugisha, Lucy Y. Steinitz, Glen Williams and Phumzile Zondi, Strategies for Hope, Jun 2002

Traditional authorities: Know where to land
Mark Butler, May 2002

Rigged rules and double standards in global agricultural trade
Charles Mather, 11 Apr 2002

TRIPS, access to medicines and HIV/AIDS in South Africa
Jonathan Michael Berger, 11 Apr 2002

Transforming the Present - Protecting the Future
Committee of Inquiry into a Comprehensive System of Social Security for South Africa, Mar 2002

The Post-Apartheid South African Labour Market: A status report
Laura Poswell, Feb 2002

South Africa's Approach to the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD)
Ronnie Kasrils, Minister of Water Affairs and Forestry, South Africa, 21 Jan 2002

Tenets of sustainable development: Reflections on the WSSD and the role of the financial sector in sustainable development South Africa
Blade Nzimande, South African Communist Party, 2002

Work for everyone: the way of solidarity and justice

National HIV and syphilis antenatal sero-prevalence survey in South Africa (summary report)
Department of Health, South Africa, 2002

Life before death - socio-economic justice issues and mission
Dr Piet Beukes, 2002

A universal income grant scheme for South Africa: an empirical assessment
Haroon Bhorat, 2002

Reports of the Taylor Committee into a social security system for South Africa - Essential reading on poverty issues in South Africa
Department of Social Development, 2002

Youth voluntarism in South Africa - Prospects for youth engagement in poverty reduction development programmes
Professor Richard Mkandawire, SARPN, 2002

Study of the incidence and nature of chronic poverty and development policy in South Africa: An overview
Michael Aliber, HSRC, May 2001

Smoke and mirrors: the National Lottery and the non-profit sector
Dr Stephen Louw, University of the Witwatersrand, 0

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DBSA, EU launch multi-billion fund for infrastructure development
17 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Midrand:  The Ambassador of the European Union to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Roeland van de Geer and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) CEO, Mr. Patrick Dlamini today launched the €100 million (R1.5 billion) ground breaking Infrastructure Investment Programme for South Africa (IIPSA), to provide grant funding in support of loans for essential infrastructure projects in South Africa and the region. The fund was established following a joint initiative between the Government of South Africa and the European Union, and forms part of the EU's broader intervention under its country strategy for South Africa.  

Daniel Mminele: The G20 agenda for financial regulatory reform in 2014
14 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Cape Town:  At the time of the Brisbane G20 Summit in November 2014, four core financial reform deliverables will be assessed which ties in with the FSB focus for the upcoming year on “completing the job”. The policy priorities needed to “complete the job” are: building the resilience of financial institutions; ending too-big-to-fail; transforming shadow banking; and making derivatives markets safer. The FSB will also undertake a review of its governance structures and submit a final report to the G-20 Leaders Summit. I will address each of these policy priorities separately, without going into too much detail, in particular in those areas I have already touched on such as the OTC derivatives market.

Davies: SA-China trade grew by third
13 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Cape Town:  South Africa's bilateral trade with China grew by almost a third between 2012 and last year, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. In a written reply to a parliamentary question on Wednesday he said China had been the country's single largest trading partner since 2009. “Two-way trade between South Africa and China continues to grow. It increased from R205 billion in 2012 to R270bn at the end of 2013; a 32 percent increase.”

SA 'non-tariff barriers' stifling intra-SADC trade - Fundanga
13 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Lusaka: South Africa's unfair trading practices are frustrating a diversified intra-regional trade in SADC, says Dr Caleb Fundanga. Making a presentation at a Consumer Unit Trust Society (CUTS)-organised discussion on regional trade on Monday evening, Dr Fundanga, the former Bank of Zambia governor, said South Africa still had in place a number of non-tariff barriers where some agricultural products from the region cannot enter their market for one reason or another. "Zambian beans for example cannot enter that market yet our beans is better than most of that South African beans found on their shelves," he said. "Recently, Vice-President Dr Guy Scott told Parliament that Zambian grapes cannot be sold in South Africa. The South Africans alleged that the grapes were affected by a certain disease. These are non-tariff barriers that need to be removed."

South Africa: "securing our borders"
13 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Pretoria:  In compliance with the Cabinet decision of 2009, the SANDF was required to return to the border safe guarding function. With effect from 2010, SANDF adopted a phased in approach and had presence in the border areas ensuring the protection of South Africa’s territorial integrity against cross border crime and illegal activities.  The deployment of resources and military personnel has been done in phases over the 5 year period.  Currently the SANDF is deployed in 7 of the 9 provinces covering Limpopo, Mpumalanga, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Free State, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and the North West Provinces respectively.

SA's trade and investment: 1994-2014
12 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Pretoria:  Democratic South Africa prioritised developing bilateral political and economic relations, especially with African countries. Since 1994, it has signed 624 agreements and established 40 bilateral mechanisms – nearly half of the total number of bilateral mechanisms in place – with countries on the continent. However, there have been challenges with the implementation of some of these agreements. South Africa’s export markets have changed considerably over the past 20 years. New markets have emerged, while the share of exports to some traditional markets, such as the United Kingdom, Japan and Europe, has declined. China has emerged as South Africa’s most important export trading partner since 2009, with its share of non-gold merchandise exports measuring 12.9 percent in 2012, compared with 0.8 percent in 1994. India is now South Africa’s fifth-largest export destination, having overtaken both the United Kingdom and Switzerland.

Tripartite ‘growth pole’ diagnostic reports: potentials and prospects for minerals-based industrialisation
12 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Pretoria:  Since its establishment in 2009, Trade Mark Southern Africa (TMSA) has supported the Tripartite of the Common Market of Eastern and Southern Africa, the Southern African Development Community and the East African Community, in developing and implementing its regional integration agenda.  This involves supporting the design and planned implementation of the Tripartite Free Trade Area, improving the economic competitiveness of the region and reducing costs of cross-border transactions through a transport corridor approach addressing both trade facilitation issues and infrastructure constraints. Focused industrial development is essential in the COMESA-EAC-SADC Tripartite region to fundamentally change the economy and to promote high yield sectors. Such development brings not only an improvement in the GDP and job provision, but promotes knowledge accumulation and technological sophistication that have far reaching benefits for the economy.  This research was conducted under the topic “Tripartite ‘Growth Pole’ Diagnostic Reports: Analysis of Potentials and Prospects for Minerals-Based Industrialisation.”  

Namibia: Spotlight on new livestock export requirements
10 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Windhoek:  The new health requirements for livestock exports to South Africa were put under the spotlight last Friday when the Namibia Livestock Producers Organisation (LPO) called an urgent meeting to discuss various burning issues like alternative international marketing possibilities and the condition of the border fences with neighbouring countries in light of the proposed strict new export requirements for exporting to South Africa. A deadline of May 1 has been set by the South African authorities for the implementation of the new requirements, which have been described by representatives of the Namibian livestock export industry as 'impossible'. One of the speakers at last Friday's meeting, Fanie du Plessis of Farmers Meat Market, made it clear that Namibia should look at the possibilities and profitability of alternative African markets.  According to him, a big market exists in Africa, especially in countries such as the DRC, Angola, Zambia and Tanzania. Farmers Meat Market plans further development of these markets for their products and this could open the door for other exporters to follow suit.

SACU: the inconvenient institution?
8 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Windhoek:  There is no denying the fact that the region’s oldest trade agreement, the Southern African Customs Union (SACU) - made up of Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland - has gone into paralysis mode in terms of advancing the regional integration and common policy development and implementation agenda. This does not mean SACU is about to be finally killed off by South Africa or that member states are ready to dump SACU for a better alternative. It is, however, plausible given the current contemporary developments on trade and regional integration that SACU has become an inconvenient institution.

Mauritius tops African index on economic transformation
7 March 2014, 12:00 pm

Port Louis:  The African Index on Economic Transformation (ACET) ranks Mauritius first in overall economic transformation ahead of South Africa, Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, Uganda, Kenya, and Gabon in its 2014 report launched in partnership with the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) on Monday in South Africa. The African Transformation Index is meant to provide a common quantitative tool to measure the progress of countries. The research aims to map the African landscape on key policy issues, to identify best practice in Africa and around the world.   ACET assesses African countries based on the following criterion namely: diversification of production and exports; export competitiveness and gains; productivity increases; technology upgrading; and human economic well-being improvements, particularly by expanding formal productive employment.

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