June 1, 2020

Day

Eskom’s crisis is not simply one of criminality and corruption. Rather, the organisation is in a storm of storms, where disruptions in one place (the resignation of a power plant manager, or a shortage of coal, or a boiler bursting) produce complex and unpredictable events somewhere else.
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Statistical indicators are extremely important. They fundamentally shape what we know about the world and how we perceive and evaluate development.
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Kristen Ghodsee is an anthropologist at the University of Pennsylvania whose scholarly work focuses on Eastern Europe.
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A Universal Basic Income Grant would provide basic economic security to each individual, regardless of marital, family or household status. It should be paid with no means testing, at regular intervals, and without direction or restrictions on how to spend it.
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South Africa entered the Covid-19 crisis not simply with a fragile economy but with a weakened state. But we can avoid and/or manage our way successfully through crises when we invest in building institutions. The challenge is to set this capability free.
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The ‘state capacity and institutional development’ cluster has developed a report for cabinet that is unhelpful and full of just exhortations
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