HSF briefs

By Charles Simkins
Aug 04, 2014

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BRICS: THE NEW DEVELOPMENT BANK (NDB) AND THE CONTINGENT RESERVE ARRANGEMENT (CRA)

On 15 July, Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa signed agreements to establish the New Development Bank and the Contingency Reserve Arrangement. The provisions of each have to be incorporated into the law of each country. Once this is done, probably by 2016, the institutions can start operation. How will they work?

By Charles Simkins
Jul 29, 2014

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THE SOUTH AFRICAN ECONOMY IN THE SHORT RUN

Hardly a week goes by without some fresh depressing news about the current state of the South African economy. The Reserve Bank has twice this year reduced its growth forecast for 2014, from 2.8% at the beginning of the year to 2.1% and most recently to 1.7%. It has also reduced its forecasts for 2015 and 2016. Standard and Poor’s and Fitch have downgraded South Africa’s credit rating and Moody’s has put it on negative watch. The Minister of Finance has warned recently that the period ahead will not be easy.

By Kameel Premhid
Jul 29, 2014

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SADC Tribunal Back in the Spotlight

The recent announcement by the Tanganyika Law Society to challenge the disbandment of the SADC Tribunal (before the High Court in Tanzania) has once again put the demise of this organisation in the spotlight. This Brief tracks the history of the Tribunal and explains why it is so important for the Rule of Law.

By Charles Simkins
Jul 21, 2014

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What is the Gauteng Department of Education smoking?

City Press reported on 29 June [1] and IOL reported on 10 July 2014 [2] that the Gauteng MEC for education, Panyaza Lesufi, plans to merge former Model C schools with township schools. This is new. The Gauteng Department is smoking. The HSF has observed the smoke signal and we are trying to interpret it. In our efforts, we have posed ourselves the following questions:

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 29, 2014

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Interview with Francis Antonie on the SAPS Amendment Act Case

Patrick Bracher interviews HSF Director Francis Antonie on the SAPS Amendment Act Case on ProBono Law.

By Wim Louw
May 29, 2014

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South Africa’s Local Elections

With the 2014 General elections behind us, it is not too soon to start focusing on Local elections. This brief unpacks the components of South Africa's local elections.