Presentations from “Confronting Inequality” Conference

On the 28th of September IFAA, with support from the Royal Netherlands Embassy, convened a conference on Confronting Inequality in South Africa. The conference covered the many dimensions of inequality as experienced in South Africa.  Presentations were delivered by Dr Pali Lehohla, Dr Neva Makgetla, David Francis, Prof. Ivan Turok, Dr Gwen Ramokgopa and Andrew … Continue reading Presentations from “Confronting Inequality” Conference

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“Confronting Inequality”: A report on IFAA Conference

  By Michael Nassen Smith, Deputy Director of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) publisher of New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy The Institute for African Alternatives recently hosted a conference on “Confronting Inequality”. This is a report back on conference proceedings. We believe that sharing a summary of the conference … Continue reading “Confronting Inequality”: A report on IFAA Conference

Confronting Inequality in South Africa

THIS IS THE BACKGROUND PAPER FOR IFAA's FORTHCOMING CONFERENCE ON INEQUALITY. THURSDAY, 28 SEPTEMBER 2017, JOHANNESBURG *This paper will appear in New Agenda Issue 66 “We know from historical experience that if inequality is not addressed through peaceful means and peaceful democratic institutions it’s always potentially a source of violence.”   Thomas Piketty   It is … Continue reading Confronting Inequality in South Africa

Economic Policy since the transition: Socially oriented to Market oriented

Zunaid Moola, Deputy Editor of New Agenda, presented this paper at the IFAA Forum in March 2017. Zunaid discusses shifts in government economic policy away from the progressive and socially oriented RDP and MERG report to the free-market and neoliberal GEAR.  As we look back to 1994, it is useful firstly to understand the context … Continue reading Economic Policy since the transition: Socially oriented to Market oriented

Reserve Bank: Keeping an ear to the ground. An interview with Gill Marcus (Part 2)

  This is the second part of an extensive interview Gill Marcus gave Ben Turok one month before she finished her term as governor of the South African Reserve Bank. The first part appeared in our previous issue (No. 56, 4:2014), and is available here. Here, Marcus discusses the Bank’s extensive engagement with internal and external stakeholders, and … Continue reading Reserve Bank: Keeping an ear to the ground. An interview with Gill Marcus (Part 2)

Holding firm at the Reserve Bank: An interview with Gill Marcus (Part 1)

  by Ben Turok Gill Marcus stepped down as governor of the South African Reserve Bank when her term ended in November 2014. Ben Turok had an extensive interview with her on 3 October 2014. This first part deals with changes in central banking, outside influence, and the Bank’s mandate in the South African economy. … Continue reading Holding firm at the Reserve Bank: An interview with Gill Marcus (Part 1)