HSF briefs

By Wim Louw
Apr 25, 2013

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Sexual offences in South Africa

This article presents some information on the problem of sexual offences, particularly against women, in South Africa. It also outlines government’s response to this problem. This brief represents preliminary research in the HSF’s broader project: Women in Society.

By Anele Mtwesi
Apr 25, 2013

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The Right to Basic Education

It is widely accepted that education plays a vital role in lifting people out of poverty, empowering women and children, and promoting human rights and democracy. This brief aims to define the right to basic education in South Africa

By Andre Dumon
Apr 25, 2013

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Social Security and Opportunity: Growing the Economic Cake

In this brief the concept of increasing social security is looked at as being complimentary rather than opposed to economic growth. The author argues that in order for social security to become more comprehensive in South Africa, it needs to be made more sustainable through increasing economic opportunity so that people may become less dependent on the State for their micro-economic security.

By Ashleigh Fraser
Apr 25, 2013

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Electoral Reform – What Political Parties Have To Say

Discussions about electoral reform in South Africa have again come to the forefront over the last few weeks. This brief succinctly discusses the attitudes of four political parties towards electoral reform and how reform may or may not effect change to accountability and representation.

By Wim Louw
Apr 22, 2013

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The JSC: Guarding the Gatekeepers.

This brief raises issues around the JSC methodology.

By Kameel Premhid
Apr 10, 2013

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Public Interest Litigation Threatened by Legal Practice Bill

In this Brief (‘Public Interest Litigation Threatened by Legal Practice Bill’), Kameel Premhid, HSF Intern, examines proposed changes to fee structures in the legal profession and what negative implications this could mean for the work conducted by NGOs like the HSF.