HSF Briefs

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Hurtful, Harmful, Hateful: Heeding Qwelane
Dec 07, 2021
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Zeenat Emmamally

This is the first of three briefs on hate speech law and it sets out the findings in the judgment of teh Constitutional Court in Qwelane v South African Human Rights Commission, wherein the Court interrogated the hate speech provision in the Promotion of Equality and Prevention of Unfair Discrimination Act.

Redefining Politics And How We Think About It
Dec 02, 2021
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Chelsea Ramsden

This brief discusses politics of old and new and attempts to draw attention to the relationship between the government and the people. This brief is derived from discussions held, and ideas shared, at a conference hosted by the Goedgedacht Forum titled “COVID-19 Kindness: How Should We Do Politics Differently in South Africa?”

How should one view the risks identified in the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement of 11 November 2021?
Nov 30, 2021
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Anton van Dalsen

This is the third brief in a series of three on the 2021 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. It considers the baseline projections of the MTBPS. In an uncertain environment, the credibility of the MTBPS depends on its assessment of risks. The second brief dealt with risks arising from the global economy, institutional failure and social and political conditions. This brief considers the impact of risk on the functioning of the economy.

The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement: How Credible Is It? - Risk Assessment
Nov 30, 2021
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Charles Simkins

This is the second brief in a series of three on the 2021 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. The first brief considered the baseline projections of the MTBPS. In an uncertain environment, the credibility of the MTBPS depends on its assessment of risks. This brief deals with risks arising from the global economy, institutional failure and social and political conditions. The third brief considers the impact of risk on the functioning of the economy.

The Medium Term Budget Policy Statement: How Credible Is It? - The Baseline Projection
Nov 30, 2021
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Charles Simkins

This is the first brief in a series of three on the 2021 Medium Term Budget Policy Statement. It considers the baseline projections of the MTBPS. In an uncertain environment, the credibility of the MTBPS depends on its assessment of risks. The second brief deals with risks arising from the global economy, institutional failure and social and political conditions. The third brief considers the impact of risk on the functioning of the economy.

Gangster State
Nov 29, 2021
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Matthew Kruger

When public life is structured by Family Meetings and threats of systematic economic and social exclusion, Matthew Kruger argues, we live in a gangster state.

The Social Relief of Distress - How Well Did the Social Relief of Distress Grant Perform in January 2021?
Nov 17, 2021
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Charles Simkins

The fourth wave of the National Income Dynamics Study Coronavirus Rapid Mobile Survey collected data for the month of January 2021, including information on applications for the SRD grant and receipts of it. This brief considers information from it, along with data from the Quarterly Labour Force Survey for the first quarter of 2021, in an attempt to answer these questions.