HSF briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
Free Basic Services At The Municipal Level
Feb 13, 2018
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Rafael Friedman

On 30 September 2017, South African municipalities were collectively owed R143.6 billion by consumers, according to the latest National Treasury report on municipal finances. R101.6 billion of this amount was household debt. If consumer debt is limited to below 90 days, then the actual realistically collectable amount is estimated at R22.9 billion.

Municipal Consumer Debt
Feb 13, 2018
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This brief considers the latest figures, composition, causes and consequences of South Africa’s municipal consumer debt. It also discusses programmes instituted by government and State Owned Enterprises dealing with current issues around municipal consumer debt.

The Constitutional Justice Report: Judging The Judges II - Assessment
Feb 08, 2018
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Cherese Thakur

This is the second part of a two-part brief concerning the Assessment of the Impact of the Decisions of the Constitutional Court and the Supreme Court of Appeal on the South African Law and Jurisprudence (Report). It will consider questions arising from the findings of the Report and highlight some issues of concern.

The Constitutional Justice Report: Judging The Judges? Part I - Context And Main Findings
Feb 08, 2018
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Cherese Thakur

This is the first part in a two-part brief concerning the “Assessment of the Impact of Decisions in the Constitutional Court and Supreme Court of Appeal on the Transformation of Society” , otherwise known as the Constitutional Justice Report: an assessment of South Africa’s highest courts commissioned by the Minister of Justice.

Zimbabwe II - Politics
Jan 09, 2018
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Charles Simkins

The first brief in this series outlined key demographic and economic conditions and dynamics. This brief considers their political implications.

Structural Adjustment
Dec 05, 2017
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Charles Simkins

The ratings agencies have put South Africa on terms. Everything now depends on the outcome of Moody’s rating review for downgrade, which may not conclude until after the Budget is presented in February 2018.