Roundtable Series

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Dec 01, 2009

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Issue Thirteen - December 2009 - Strategic Health Reform

Issue Thirteen - December 2009 - Strategic Health Reform

The Round Table on Health Reform, part of the HSF’s Quarterly Round Table series held in association with the Open Society Foundation For South Africa, was attended by some one hundred and sixty members of the public, health practitioners, government officials, financial analysts, bankers and members of the insurance industry. Headline presenters Tebogo Phadu of the ANC policy unit and Alex van den Heever, an independent health economist led the discussion. Francis Antonie chaired the Round Table and Jonathan Broomberg, Chris Archer, Trevor Terblanche, Joe Veriava and Hein van Eck were discussants.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Oct 01, 2009

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Issue Twelve - October 2009 - Planning our Future: SA 2025

Issue Twelve - October 2009 - Planning our Future: SA 2025

The Helen Suzman Foundation hosted a lively panel discussion at the Rosebank Hotel on the 14 October 2009. Former HSF Director Raenette Taljaard chaired the discussion and the panel made up of Neren Rau (CEO Sacci); Aubrey Matshiqi (independent analyst), Azar Jammine (Econometrics) and William Gumede (independent analyst) provided thought provoking and substantive comment. The discussion covered two new Green Papers: National Strategic Planning and Improving Government Performance, submitted by Trevor Manuel and Collins Chabane respectively.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Apr 01, 2009

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Issue Eleven - April 2009 - Paying the Piper: Regulating Party Funding in South African Politics

Issue Eleven - April 2009 - Paying the Piper: Regulating Party Funding in South African Politics

The election campaign for the fourth democratically elected Government and Parliament of the Republic of South Africa has been one of the most expensive in our history. As our political parties spawn new market entrants into the party political space and others grow and consolidate their financial needs magnify accordingly. In terms of existing laws and regulations, particularly the fund established in accordance with the Public Funding of Represented Political Parties Fund Act.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Mar 01, 2009

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Issue Ten- March 2009 - Electoral Economics in the eye of a global storm

Issue Ten- March 2009 - Electoral Economics in the eye of a global storm

South Africa’s economic policy landscape has experienced one global financial crisis before. It emanated from Asia in the early 1990s, uncomfortably coinciding with our country’s transition to democracy at a time when a new administration had to win the hearts and minds, and confidence, of the global economy and international investors. The response to this crisis, the fiscal austerity of the Growth, Employment and Redistribution Strategy (GEAR) adopted by the South African government in 1996, was, and remains, a controversial policy response. It caused significant strain within the tripartite alliance, despite there clearly being very little domestic policy room amid a deepening crisis that engulfed all emerging markets and confronted a new government with no economic-policy track record with immediate and complex questions.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Dec 01, 2008

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Issue Nine - December 2008 - Protecting and Defending our Constitution

Issue Nine - December 2008 - Protecting and Defending our Constitution

The longevity of founding documents, declarations and constitutions are the preserve of all citizens who care about the ethos that inspires the societies they inhabit, and it lies in a complex process of internalising the visionary values of these social contracts and acting, and structuring our actions and our words, every day, to further the ideals espoused in them.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Nov 01, 2008

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Issue Eight - November 2008 - Courts in a Crucible?

Issue Eight - November 2008 - Courts in a Crucible?

The past year has been a challenging one for South Africa’s judiciary. It has been both the object and subject of much political controversy. Judges have been in the spotlight of controversy, senior political leaders of various affiliations have brazenly and calculatedly attacked the judiciary under the guise of legitimate criticism and judges themselves have acted in ways that have posed new challenges for the judiciary as a whole (with a judge of the High Courts and the justices of the Constitutional Court at loggerheads). The situation has furthermore posed challenges for the operation and procedures of the Judicial Services Commission (JSC) and the concept of judicial misconduct and for the manner in which the public view the judiciary, the legitimacy of the courts and the justness of rulings from the bench.