HSF briefs

By Charles Simkins
Sep 23, 2014

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Let a Hundred Black Industrialists Bloom

For some time now, the creation of a hundred black industrialists has been on the government’s agenda. It was discussed at the National Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment Summit in October 2013. Last month, the Deputy Minister of Trade Industry, Mzwandile Masina, announced that it was to be done in the next three years.

By Chris Pieters
Sep 17, 2014

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The Public Protector - a Jewel in South Africa's Constitutional Crown

The Office of the Public Protector is not beyond review or criticism. But there is an important line that needs to be drawn beyond which criticism can degenerate into abuse whether of the incumbent or the office. This brief seeks to elucidate that very line.

By Kameel Premhid
Sep 17, 2014

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Barnard Case - a Missed Opportunity

The recent judgment of the Constitutional Court (CC) in the matter of South African Police Service v Solidarity obo Barnard [2014] ZACC 23 is noteworthy, not for what the application managed to achieve but, rather, for what it failed to.

By Kameel Premhid
Sep 09, 2014

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The SADC Tribunal's Disappointing Rebirth

The adoption of the newest SADC Tribunal Protocol has sought to rebirth the Tribunal after a long gestation period where it underwent significant review. The latest manifestation indicates that the region’s efforts at taking the rule of law, and regional integration, seriously are nothing short of being stillborn

By Charles Simkins
Sep 09, 2014

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The Distribution of Income and the Distribution of Wealth Part II – Guidelines

The facts about income distribution in South Africa were set out in a previous brief. Here the focus will be on ways to think about it. Five guidelines are proposed.

By Charles Simkins
Sep 01, 2014

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The Distribution of Income and the Distribution of Wealth in South Africa Part 1 - The Facts

To the lay mind, wealth and income often mean more or less the same thing. For economists, the terms are distinct. Wealth is the sum of all your assets less your liabilities and is a stock concept. Income is a flow and refers to what you receive in a given period, say a year. They are related, because income less consumption is an addition to wealth and wealth creates an entitlement to income in the form of interest, dividends, property rentals and the like, which form a component of income, alongside earnings and transfers (such as social grants).