Focus

Focus is the journal of the HSF. It is used as a forum for public debate and adds new, fresh voices to the policy dialogue. Focus consists of articles and book reviews by academics, public intellectuals, researchers, and policy experts. Focus is published in digital form and is made available for free here on the HSF website.
By Helen Suzman Foundation
Aug 29, 2017

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Focus 80 - Nationalism and Populism

Focus 80 - Nationalism and Populism

This edition of Focus looks at the global rise of nationalist politics and populist policies. Against the backdrop of numerous major international events, that have brought these issues back firmly onto the global political agenda, this edition will explore the ramifications of this political and social shift for South Africa and the world. In doing so, it will look at the history of these concepts, their theoretical foundations, the social and economic factors that drive them and their potential impact.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Dec 12, 2016

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Focus 79 - South Africa and the World

Focus 79 - South Africa and the World

This edition of Focus looks at South Africa's position within the global context. The pieces traverse the history of South Africa's foreign policy. We examine our membership to BRICS, our relations with China and the implications of the Brexit vote. We also consider our role within the UN and provide an economic forecast of our future prospects drawing on lessons from other countries.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 12, 2016

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Focus 78 - The Economy

Focus 78 - The Economy

This edition of Focus deals with the Economy. We begin with Michael Spicer’s broad sweep of the business government relationship during the apartheid era and, thereafter, post-apartheid. He chronicles the on-going deterioration in this relationship. He rightly points out that business is not a homogenous entity, but he also notes, especially during the Zuma years, how fractious, divided and unfocussed the state’s developmental initiatives have been.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Nov 25, 2015

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Focus 77 - State and Nation

Focus 77 - State and Nation

This edition of Focus is the last for 2015 and, again, we try to provide an overview of State and Nation in South Africa. There is an emphasis this time on infrastructural concerns. Given the drought which is affecting South Africa, it is inevitable that water must feature prominently. But drought is not only a matter of lack of rain: it is also about planning, or the lack thereof. In South Africa this problem is compounded by policy choices, and how we deal with land for agricultural purposes.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Sep 14, 2015

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Focus 76 - The Idea of a University

Focus 76 - The Idea of a University

This edition of Focus explores the issues which currently confront Universities in South Africa. Our starting point is the great tract The Idea of a University by John Henry Newman. With his background at Oxford and, later, with his involvement in the establishment of the University of Ireland, he was keenly aware of issues of marginalisation and religious and ethnic differences. Issues which we also face in contemporary South Africa. Nor did questions of finance escape him.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 04, 2015

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Focus 75 - The Economy

Focus 75 - The Economy

The first edition of Focus for 2015 pays tribute to the late Harry Zarenda, and is dedicated to an examination of the South African economy.