HSF briefs

Helen Suzman Foundation | Apr 08, 2015
COVID-19 Vaccines - South African Developments And Issues
May 14, 2021
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Sophie Smit

This is the second of two briefs about COVID-19 vaccines. This brief sets out vaccine developments in South Africa as well as the various issues that are being faced by the government, the health sector and the people in accessing the vaccine.

Vaccine Nationalism And Global Equity
May 14, 2021
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Sophie Smit

This is the first of two briefs discussing issues relating to COVID-19 vaccines. This brief argues that, in order to combat COVID-19, global equity to vaccine access is necessary. However, in order to achieve this equitable distribution, vaccine nationalism as well as poor government policy and governance surrounding vaccine access will have to be overcome.

Impeachment of the Public Protector
May 13, 2021
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Mihloti Basil Sherinda

This brief explores the implications of the Independent Panel report and concludes that careful consideration of its findings about the Public Protector is necessary to protect our constitutional democracy.

What Can We Expect From The Economy In 2021?
May 11, 2021
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Charles Simkins

This brief explores what economic drivers lie behind the economic growth projections from various international organisations, South African official sources and South African commercial banks.

Understanding Cronyism
Apr 21, 2021
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Zeenat Emmamally

This brief examines cronyism as a subtype of corruption, and argues, using the executive ethics code as an example, that frameworks do not adequately safeguard against cronyism.

Has Statistics South Africa Under-Estimated The Employment Recovery?
Apr 06, 2021
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Charles Simkins

Many commentators have argued that the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a sharp increase in the unemployment rate, relying solely on Statistics South Africa’s Quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS). But the QLFS is not the only source of information on the labour market. This brief considers the effect of the Covid-19 pandemic on the labour market by reviewing data from Statistics South Africa’s Quarterly Employment Statistics and national accounts, as well as the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey.