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
Nov 25, 2011

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Focus 63 - November 2011 - Sustain... ability?

Focus 63 - November 2011 - Sustain... ability?

This edition of Focus is dedicated to the broad topic of Sustainability, and is immediately concerned with COP 17 or, to give it its full title, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Durban in November and December of this year.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Aug 01, 2011

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Focus 62 - August 2011 - Religion & Society

Focus 62 - August 2011 - Religion & Society

This edition of Focus is dedicated to exploring some of the relationships between religious belief and society. In a modern and supposedly secular age, religious belief and practice have a curious and intriguing persistence – the assumption being that religion has no real place in a modern or modernising world: when it occurs, it is, no doubt, a legacy of some sort of archaic sensibility.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Jun 20, 2011

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 Focus 61 - Arts and Culture

Focus 61 - Arts and Culture

This edition of Focus is dedicated to Arts and Culture. The question may well be posed as to why an organisation whose mandate is the promotion of liberal constitutional democracy should be spending time and resources on the Arts. At the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF), we believe that the development of both human and social capital is central to the tasks of building a society where both individual excellence and community development are valued.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Jan 10, 2011

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Focus 60 - January 2011 - Making South Africa Work: Rules of the Game

Focus 60 - January 2011 - Making South Africa Work: Rules of the Game

This edition of Focus continues with the theme of ‘Making South Africa Work’, first explored in the previous edition where issues surrounding Human Capital Development were addressed. This edition surveys aspects of regulation and their impact on the economy and society.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Nov 01, 2010

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Focus 59 - November 2010 - Making South Africa Work: Universalising Competence

Focus 59 - November 2010 - Making South Africa Work: Universalising Competence

We take our lead in this edition from Daniel de Kadt’s challenging exposition of why human capital matters. de Kadt goes beyond the usual rhetoric of the importance of human capital and contextualises it politically and socially. All who are interested in South Africa’s developmental trajectory should spend time reflecting on his observations and conclusion.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Sep 10, 2010

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Focus 58 - September 2010 - South Africa and the Changing World

Focus 58 - September 2010 - South Africa and the Changing World

The previous edition of Focus, dedicated to commemorating 100 years of Statehood, had as its theme, Change and Continuity. This theme of change and continuity could also characterise this edition of Focus, which is dedicated to South Africa and the Changing World.