Focus

Karel | Jun 20, 2013
Focus is the journal of the HSF. It is used as a forum for public debate and adds new, fresh voices to the policy dialogue. Focus consists of articles and book reviews by academics, public intellectuals, researchers, and policy experts. Focus is published in digital form and is made available for free here on the HSF website.
Focus 64 - Keeping the lights on
Mar 01, 2012
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This edition of Focus reviews the electrification of South Africa, but goes beyond straightforward supply side issues and considers alternative energy sources, sustainability, and the social impact of the energy sector.

Focus 63 - November 2011 - Sustain... ability?
Nov 25, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This edition of Focus is dedicated to the broad topic of Sustainability, and is immediately concerned with COP 17 or, to give it its full title, the 17th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to be held in Durban in November and December of this year.

Focus 62 - August 2011 - Religion & Society
Aug 01, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This edition of Focus is dedicated to exploring some of the relationships between religious belief and society. In a modern and supposedly secular age, religious belief and practice have a curious and intriguing persistence – the assumption being that religion has no real place in a modern or modernising world: when it occurs, it is, no doubt, a legacy of some sort of archaic sensibility.

Focus 61 - Arts and Culture
Jun 20, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This edition of Focus is dedicated to Arts and Culture. The question may well be posed as to why an organisation whose mandate is the promotion of liberal constitutional democracy should be spending time and resources on the Arts. At the Helen Suzman Foundation (HSF), we believe that the development of both human and social capital is central to the tasks of building a society where both individual excellence and community development are valued.

Focus 60 - January 2011 - Making South Africa Work: Rules of the Game
Jan 10, 2011
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This edition of Focus continues with the theme of ‘Making South Africa Work’, first explored in the previous edition where issues surrounding Human Capital Development were addressed. This edition surveys aspects of regulation and their impact on the economy and society.

Focus 58 - September 2010 - South Africa and the Changing World
Sep 10, 2010
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Helen Suzman Foundation

The previous edition of Focus, dedicated to commemorating 100 years of Statehood, had as its theme, Change and Continuity. This theme of change and continuity could also characterise this edition of Focus, which is dedicated to South Africa and the Changing World.

Focus 57 - May 2010 - Change and Continuity: 100 Years of Statehood
May 10, 2010
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This edition of Focus is dedicated to a series of reflections about 100 years of statehood in South Africa. In my invitation to contributors, I pointed out that the political events which led to Union are well documented and widely known; so was the deliberate marginalisation of the majority of South Africans during the deliberations that led to the establishment of Union in 1910. Indeed, it was this marginalisation which led to the formation of the ANC in 1912, and it was only after some 84 years after the foundation of the state, that a constitutional and political ‘normalisation’ and legitimacy were achieved.

Focus 56 - February 2010 - On Learning and Teaching
Feb 10, 2010
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Helen Suzman Foundation

In keeping with the Foundation’s stated policy of seeking to offer a platform for both seasoned commentators and new and marginalised voices, we present this edition of Focus on Learning and Teaching. The Foundation works from the premise that education is not only an important developmental issue, but is also a human rights issue. Beyond the central concern of personal growth, our social development and, crucially, our long-term economic development is dependent on the acquisition and availability of suitable and appropriate skills. Arguably the major constraint confronting South Africa’s growth trajectory has always been its poor human capital base.

Focus 55 - November 2009 - Images of Justice
Nov 10, 2009
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Helen Suzman Foundation

‘Justice’ is a protean concept. ‘Law and order’ are maintained by governments and ruling elites in its name. Revolutions and popular insurrections are conducted under its legitimating aegis.

Focus 40 - 4th Quarter 2005
Nov 28, 2005
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Mbeki's credibility is on the line: Editorial. Israel is a democracy in which Arabs vote: Benjamin Pogrund disagrees with those who describe Israel as an apartheid state and labels their views as facile.

Focus 39 - 3rd Quarter 2005
Aug 28, 2005
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Mbeki's last chance on Zimbabwe: Editorial. Black advancement: hype outstrips reality: Lawrence Schlemmer investigates the rise of the black middle class and concludes that it is still relatively small.

Focus 38 - 2nd Quarter 2005
May 28, 2005
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Judicial independence imperilled: Editorial. White left smarts after Pyrrhic 1994 victory: Dan Roodt argues the case for a new Anglo-Boer entente for the twenty-first century.