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Public Works: Finding small solutions to big problems

The most rash African National Congress electoral promise in 1994 was ‘jobs for all’. Two decades later it must be clear, even to dreamy ideologues, that the state creation of employment is a fraught and challenging task. Key to any attempt at mass job creation – as opposed to the political cronyism and nepotism that…

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An open letter to Minister Pravin Gordhan

By Ian Dewar Minister Gordhan, I write to you because I find myself deeply disappointed by the centralist orthodoxy of your budget speech. I live in a small rural town where 25.9% of the local workforce is unemployed and 45.9% of local households earn less than R1600 per month. This means that our local Gini…

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