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S. Phakathi, S. Sinyolo, C. Ndinda
Phakathi, S., Sinyolo, S. & Ndinda, C. (2023) Gender and water access in South Africa: status, trends, and policy implications. (HSRC Policy Brief, October). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22658 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22658
This policy brief analyses the challenges faced by women in accessing water resources and proposes actionable policy recommendations to promote gender equality and enhance water access in the country. International experiences show that addressing water disparities requires strategies that implement gender-sensitive policies,…
Roberts, B., Bohler-Muller, N., Pienaar, G., Mchunu, N., Struwig, J., Gordon, S., Dunn, S. & Gabbidon, A. (2023) Public opinion, procedural justice, and democratic consolidation: lessons from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry. (HSRC Policy Brief, October). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22623 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22623 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22623
Public opinion research has, to date, provided the most detailed evidence on public perceptions of the Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud in the Public Sector, Including Organs of State (hereafter referred to as "the Zondo Commission") and the public's expectations of the…
Pienaar, G.D. & Bohler-Muller, N. (2023) Implementing the Zondo Commission recommendations: a perspective on ethics and accountability. (HSRC Policy Brief, October). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22624 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22624
The Commission's detailed report records the mechanisms used to capture the state. Placements of politically connected individuals were used to control and manipulate public procurement, financial and contracting processes in SOEs and the public sector for private gain.
G. Kruss, M. Sithole, C. Moses, H. Makelane, P. Mudavanhu
Kruss, G., Sithole, M., Moses, C., Makelane, H. & Mudavanhu, P. (2018) Innovation in services: the potential to contribute to structural economic transformation?. (CeSTII Research Brief, no. 3). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22499
Contrary to the view that diversification and structural change only result from industrialisation, there is growing consensus that the services sector can contribute to economic transformation in emerging economies. This is potentially good news for South Africa given the growth of the services sector to 65% of GDP by 2014, and…
G. Kruss, M. Sithole, C. Moses
Kruss, G., Sithole, M. & Moses, C. (2018) Can government stimulate innovation through public funding and procurement?: what South African services firms say. (CeSTII Research Brief, no. 2). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22500 http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22500
Government invests a significant amount of public funding to promote, incentivise and support innovation in South African firms. Support mechanisms include initiatives such as the R&D Tax Incentive, Industry Innovation Partnership, Support Programme for Industrial Innovation, and Technology Stations. Given the right support from…
G. Kruss, M. Sithole, H. Makelane
Kruss, G., Sithole, M. & Makelane, H. (2018) Can government stimulate innovation through public funding and procurement?: what South African manufacturing firms say. (CeSTII Research Brief, no. 1). http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11910/22501
Government invests a significant amount of effort into supporting innovation in the South African business sector. This support can either be financial in nature or through support programmes that make access to other resources easier. Given the right support from government, we should expect business to be better positioned to…
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