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Response – 1st March 2024 – An Utterly Broken Visa Regime by Peter-John Pearson

On 27th February 2024, STATS-SA released data with regard to tourism. It stated that “overseas tourists constituted 20.1% (195 423) of all visitors – 48.1% of whom came from the UK (40 517), Germany (31 072) and the US (22 447). The bulk of our visitors come from the SADC region.” The next day the Daily Maverick ran […]

Refugee Digest 82 – Migrants, Refugees and Displaced Persons by Peter-John Pearson

It is common cause that South Africa needs to manage migrants far better than it is doing at present, and that that can only be done if the DHA is comprehensively cleaned up. Its woes are many and its triumphs few. In this Digest we look at some of the issues causing its dysfunction and some of […]

Briefing Paper 586 – The Impact of Digital Technology on Gender-Based Violence and Femicide by Tanyaradzwa Gwenhure

In 2018, social media platforms such as Facebook and WhatsApp were instrumental in mobilizing South African women, gender non-conforming people, and the LGBTQIA+ community to carry out a national shut down in response to the rising rates of gender-based violence and femicide (GBV&F).1 This national shutdown led to extensive legislative reform aimed at ending GBV&F. BP 586 The Impact of Digital Technology […]

Economic Digest 43 – Budget 2024: Balancing what South Africans want and what South Africa needs by Kenny Pasensie

It may be Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana’s last budget speech, but it will certainly be his most impactful. His task is made even more difficult because South Africa will be going to the polls soon, forcing the Minister to walk a very fine line between maintaining fiscal credibility and finding the money to prioritise his […]

Response – 14th February 2024 – Undermining the Status of Parliament by Mike Pothier

Last Thursday’s State of the Nation Address went off without the tedious disruptions that we have become used to over the past few years. This was partly due to the absence of the EFF members of Parliament, who boycotted the event in solidarity with their leader and five other senior MPs who had been suspended […]

Family Digest 60 – Teenage Pregnancy and Pregnancy Awareness Week, 10-16 February by Lois Law

The start of the new school year has seen much discussion on the high incidence of pregnancy among teenage school girls. Also, the prevalence of teenage pregnancy in South Africa comes back into the spotlight during Pregnancy Awareness Week, which is from 10th – 16th February.1 Pregnancy Awareness Week takes place in February each year and is a way […]