September 17, 2019

South Africa lacks a nationally coherent national economic policy because from the starting point, at parliament, legislators work in silos and fail to talk to each other. This was according to Professor Ben Turok, former MP and now Director of the Institute for African Alternatives, who addressed the parliamentary committee on Trade and Industry. The following is a summary of what he told the Members, ending with an apology for being “a little controversial.”

As parliament gets down to the business of tackling Section 25 of the Constitution in the hope of agreeing on a legislative re-write which leaves no ambiguity about what exactly is meant by land expropriation without compensation, an intensive two-day conference of stakeholders from across the board reached a consensus that EWOC is likely to make a modest contribution to land redistribution, but on its own it is not going to provide the solution.

The New Dawn cannot be a continuation of the same failed macro-economic policies with a few adjustments, as suggested by the tone and narrative emerging from the processes being lead by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni. This was one of the key conclusions of an Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) conference of high-powered economists from all schools of thought, writes RENEE ROUX.

Some of the 21 farms comprising the Sabi Sands area adjacent to the Kruger National Park and home to some of South Africa’s most luxurious and highly lucrative private game reserves have been facing unresolved land claims for about two decades, yet it has now emerged in the ongoing contestation that parts of the communal land claims were not grounded in historical reality and were made by individuals who did not actually constitute a community.

Academic research on the best digital tools for monitoring southern African parliaments shows Uganda tweets live from parliamentary session, while Kenya has Mzalendo, a top website similar to the UK’s TheyWorkForYou.com. The study argues that digital tools such as these must be developed to ensure that citizens are able to follow the debates taking place in their respective official parliamentary chambers.

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