hsf briefs

By Charles Collocott
Mar 09, 2017

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Do state-owned enterprises pose a threat to Government’s finances?

As a result of the publicity which several state-owned enterprises have enjoyed recently, especially from a governance and finance perspective, the logical question is to what degree they pose a real danger to the health of the State’s finances. This brief by Charles Collocott is based on the detailed Budget Review, as published by National Treasury on the date of the budget speech on 22 February 2017.

By Anton van Dalsen
Feb 16, 2017

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ACSA cleans up its act but is Government interfering?

This brief sketches the background to attempts by the ACSA Board to address alleged fraud and corruption - and in reaction, the Minister of Transport attempts to fire almost half the Board.

By Anton van Dalsen
Feb 16, 2017

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The Government’s nuclear power plans: is a rational debate possible?

This brief follows other recent pieces which we have published on the issue of nuclear power in South Africa (see our briefs dated 18 November 2016 and 15 December 2016). It provides an update to the debate surrounding Government plans for new nuclear power, highlighting two issues that continue to crop up in the public debate and which can be confusing without the necessary background. It also provides the essential facts relating to the court application by Earthlife Africa and the Southern African Faith Communities’ Environment Institute, set down for hearing in the High Court on 22 February 2017.

By Charles Simkins
Feb 16, 2017

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SOCIAL GRANTS AND THE SOCIAL FABRIC

This brief looks at the importance of social grants in sustaining the social fabric.

By Charles Collocott
Feb 14, 2017

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DENEL - DEBT, GOVERANCE AND THE ASIAN VENTURE

This brief discusses the issues currently facing the state owned arms manufacturer, Denel. The focus of the brief will be on (1) profits and debt, (2) shareholder oversight and (3) the joint venture to form Denel Asia.

By Charles Simkins
Feb 14, 2017

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WHAT DO YOUNG SOUTH AFRICANS DO WITH THEIR TIME? I - WORKERS AND LEARNERS

This brief considers the patterns of time use among young people who are (1) working and (2) not working but undergoing education. A companion brief will consider the patterns among unemployed and not economically active young people.