The FW de Klerk Foundation writes regular articles on topical issues, supports language and cultural rights and participates in the national debate on racial and cultural issues. The Foundation also promotes communication by holding conferences and workshops.
Earlier this week, Jackson Mthembu, the ANC Chief Whip, announced that contrary to expectations, the government intends to amend section 25 of the Constitution before the May election.
He also indicated that the revised Expropriation Bill (published in December) will be considered by Parliament “very soon” and will be “passed without hesitation.”
All this comes on the heels of remarkable explanation of South Africa’s land reform plans that was given to participants in the recent Davos conference by Mr Masiphula Mbongwa - the Director-General for the War Against Poverty in the Department of Rural Development and Land Reform.
A large part of President Ramaphosa’s turn-around plans for the South African economy are to attract billions in foreign and local investment, which hopefully will create hundreds (if not millions) of jobs. One sometimes hears other politicians muttering about the “investment boycott” by South African businesses, which are sitting on “billions of rand” and “doing nothing with it”.
But do politicians and government officials know how business people think? Do they know how to break the so-called investment boycott? Here are some insights - call it “Investment 101” for politicians.
It is enticing to interpret President Cyril Ramaphosa’s SONA as just another election pitch to the electorate a few months before the general election, now to be held on 8 May. A closer look is, however, warranted, as there are some interesting elements that may indicate a different approach and a stronger emphasis on the need to correct what has gone wrong in the last nine years - call it a glimmer of a post-election Ramaphosa.
The Challenge of Economic Growth in South Africa: Structural Transformation and Job Creation
A Long-Run Growth Trap in South Africa
• Economic Growth and Structural Transformation
The Advent of Deindustrialisation: Global and South African
Manufacturing and Low-Wage Employment: A Viable Growth Strategy?
Whither Economic Growth: Building Economic Complexity
Looking to the Future:
• The Fourth Industrial Revolution• South Africa’s Labour Force
Addressing economic equality with pragmatism
Radical land reform - shortcut to poverty
Likely results of constitutional amendment for radical land reform:
Protection of property rights in SA is diminished
Heightened policy uncertainty
Decline in the prices of land & related assets
Negative impact on balance sheets of banks and their ability to provide loans
Reducing Inequality in the schooling system
Outline of the Presentation
• The size and shape of the schooling system
• Progress in addressing inequalities in the schooling system
• Four suggestions for reducing inequality at no or little additional cost
I would like to welcome you to this - the FW de Klerk Foundation’s - 10th annual conference. We instituted the conferences in 2010 to mark the 20th anniversary of the commencement of our great national transformation process.
In June this year the Foundation will be celebrating its 20thbirthday: for 20 years we have been doing everything we can to uphold and promote the Constitution that is the foundation of our new society - and that remains the best hope for peace, progress and justice for all South Africans.
I welcome this opportunity - on the eve of the 25th anniversary of our new non-racial constitutional democracy - to join in a discussion on one of the most important challenges facing our country: the need to achieve equality.
The achievement of equality was one of the prime goals that we set for our new society when we adopted our present Constitution in 1996. Together with human dignity, the advancement of human rights and freedoms, non-racism and non-sexism it was one of the core founding values on which our new constitutional dispensation was constructed.
Dear Mr President, FW De Klerk,
Dear Mr Steward,
Distinguished panelists, Dr Botha and Prof Bhorat,
Dear Members of Parliament, the diplomatic corps, representatives from state institutions and from civil-society,
Dear Theuns Eloff and all the great staff members of the FW de Klerk Foundation,
Ladies and Gentlemen, dear friends