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New Agenda 93

A ‘social protection floor’ for South Africa Developing an approach for social justice and inclusion Edited by New Agenda from the work of Viviene Taylor South Africa leads the developing world in building a social protection system. A total of 28 million people — 45% of the population — currently…
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New Agenda 92: Special Issue – Economics & Labour in the Global South

Dateline Africa 1 December 2023 to 29 February 2024 21 February: Türkiye – once the Ottoman Empire, a colonial occupier of north Africa for centuries – is extremely active in Africa once again. It is to assist in strengthening coast-guard services in Somalia. This comes amid infrastructure projects in east…
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New Agenda: Another milestone reached

Partnership with UWC’s Institute for Social Development sealed “The journal should continue to be listed on the DHET accredited list on condition that the suggested improvements are implemented by the end of 2023.” -ASSAf Panel review of New Agenda, 2022 As described in previous issues of New Agenda, the original…
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New Agenda 91: This was COP lite

Africa Climate Summit promised a lot but delivered very little By Roland Ngam When all was said and done, the first ever Africa Climate Summit was all about money, money and more money, asserts ROLAND NGAM, who was there and who came away with constructive ideas of what could have…
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IFAA FORUM: Book Launch of ‘Stunted’

The Institute for African Alternatives and Surplus Radical Bookshop are pleased to invite you to the local Book Launch of “STUNTED: Panopticism and embedded neoliberalism in African States’ Food & Agriculture Policies and the Struggle to End Hunger on the Continent,” edited by Charles Simane, with contributors Roland Ngam, Rachael…
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New Agenda 90: Tribute to a True Comrade

Wilson Sidina: fearless struggle icon By Ryland Fisher When someone like Wilson Sidina dies, it is almost like a part of our history dies with him. He leaves a void that goes much deeper than the loss of an individual. It erodes the memory of the people who became involved…
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New Agenda 90: Book Review 2

Apartheid’s Black Soldiers: Un-national Wars and Militaries in Southern Africa Lennart Bolliger Jacana Media, 2023. R330.00 Review by Lance Siddert It is the fate of the numberless legions of black soldiers in the employ of European imperial and settler states in southern Africa over the past two centuries to be…
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New Agenda 90: Book Review 1

German Rule, African Subjects: State Aspirations and the Reality of Power in Colonial Namibia Jürgen Zimmerer Jacana Media, 2022, R330 Review by Mohamed Adhikari This landmark work is a most welcome addition to my bookshelves, as I am sure it will be for those, who like myself, have an abiding…
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New Agenda 90: Optimising taxation strategies for South Africa’s minibus taxi industry

By Jane Ndlovu Jane Ndlovu is a Senior Lecturer, specialising in taxation, at the School of Accountancy, University of the Witwatersrand. South Africa’s minibus taxi industry has long courted controversy, most recently in Cape Town where a taxi strike in August 2023 erupted into violence. That said, it’s a highly…
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New Agenda 90: Land Beneficiaries Need Support

Reform process fails to fill this development gap By Siphe Zantsi Dr Siphe Zantsi is a research fellow in the Department of Agricultural Economics and Extension at the University of Fort Hare. His PhD thesis is on South African land redistribution and he has published widely on the subject. He…
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New Agenda 90: Food Systems Approach

Reversing the trajectory of food insecurity in Africa By Amiena Bayat, Claire Quinn, Julian May and Hemish Govera Professor Amiena Bayat is Associate Professor of Economics at the Institute for Social Development (ISD), University of the Western Cape (UWC). She is a research fellow with Food Systems Research Network for…
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New Agenda 90: Dateline Africa

Fleeing danger to possible disaster … and death   1 June 2023 – 31 August 2023 The last three months have again been marked by repeated drownings of migrants leaving the shores of Africa for Europe. Boats small and large from Egypt, Senegal, Libya and Tunisia have foundered and capsized…
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New Agenda 90: Implementation of the State Capture Commission recommendations

An institutional perspective on ethics and accountability By Gary Pienaar and Narnia Bohler-Muller Prof Narnia Bohler-Muller is a divisional executive in the HSRC’s Developmental, Capable and Ethical State (DCES) research division. She holds a Doctorate in Law (LLD) from the University of Pretoria. Bohler-Muller specialises in participatory democracy and social…
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New Agenda 90: Parliament ‘failed’ due to structural flaw

In his address to the workshop, Associate Professor of Public Law at the University of Cape Town Richard Calland reminisced about his involvement in the early 1990s around Parliament’s first code of conduct, which was drafted by former cabinet minister and legal scholar Kader Asmal. Prof Calland also drew attention…
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New Agenda 90: What to do when a spending crisis poses a risk to Parliament

Ian Todd is head of Britain’s Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority (IPSA), a statutory body that sets and pays the salaries of UK MPs and their staff – and monitors their expenditure. PSA was established in the wake of a major political scandal in the UK in 2009 over MPs’ expenses…
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