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September 29, 2022

Watch | More political activity expected in Gauteng

Newzroom Afrika: Sep 5, 2022 Gauteng is set to become a hive of political activity this week as Joburg opposition parties prepare to remove the mayor Mpho Phalatse. Gauteng premier…

Watch | Ramaphosa calls on councils to behave

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Newzroom Afrika: Sep 28, 2022 President Cyril Ramaphosa has again called on municipal workers to behave better at local government and in councils. He was speaking at the Local Government…

State Capture Commission Conference Page

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The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) and the Council for the Advancement of the Constitution (CASAC) held a conference on  the 14th and  15th of September 2022 to engage meaningfully…

Op Ed | Universal access to electricity is the critical development intervention that SA needs

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Image: Bram Lammers / Dunoon informal settlement, Cape Town By Tracy Ledger In many households, a choice must be made each month between electricity or food. No matter which option…

Gallery | State Capture Commission Conference

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The State Capture Commission conference was held at University of Johannesburg over 14 and 15 September, hosted by PARI and CASAC. The seven panels aimed at understanding and finding the…

Research Seminar Series | Presentation 2

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29 September 2022 14h00 - 15h30 The people’s perspective of public participation in infrastructure and housing provision in South Africa: evidence from a factorial survey experiment   Presenter: Katrin Hofer…

WATCH | Devi Pillay weighs in on the Zondo Commission report

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Calling in to Newzroom Afrika from PARI/CASAC's State Capture Commission conference, Devi Pillay discusses the role of law enforcement agencies in state capture, based on her OpEd titled : Zondo…

Hungry for Electricity: A new PARI publication

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Hungry for Electricity is a new book by Tracy Ledger and Mahlatse Rampedi arguing for universal access to electricity in South Africa. We think we are free today but we…

Livestream | State Capture Commission Conference

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The State Capture Commission Conference is hosted by PARI and CASAC on 14 and 15 September 2022. The livestream can be followed here from 9am to 4pm each day. Go…

Research Seminar Series | Presentation 1

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13 September 2022 14h00 - 15h30 Extractive industry indigenisation, unfulfilled pledges and mining-induced displacement vulnerabilities: The case of internally displaced persons in Arda Transau, Zimbabwe Presenter: Kennedy Manduna Discussant: Dr…

Op Ed | Zondo Commission’s Missed Opportunity on Role of Law Enforcement Agencies in State Capture

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By Devi Pillay   The Zondo Commission missed an important opportunity to fully contextualise the evidence concerning law enforcement and to analyse its role in State Capture. More work needs…

SA FM features Mbongiseni Buthelezi

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Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi was featured on Michelle Constant's breakfast show on 22 August 2022, and brought in PARI researcher Thina Nzo and CASAC Director Lawson Naidoo. Listen below for a…

Seminar Series | Researching State-Society Relations in Southern Africa

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In September 2022, The Public Affairs Research Institute is launching a workshop series to offer scholars, researchers, and postgraduate students an opportunity to share their ongoing work, either by discussing…

Watch | Corruption is not the only issue impacting service delivery, says Ledger

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Newzroom Afrika - 22 August 2022 - Although corruption at municipal level is a major issue affecting service delivery, Public Affairs Research Institute's Tracy Ledger believes it is not the…

Gaynor Paradza gives keynote address at University of Ghana

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Senior Researcher Gaynor Paradza leads PARI's Land Governance programme. She is in Accra on 17 August to give a keynote address at the Merian Institute for Advanced Studies in Africa…

Press Statements | In Support of SAITF and SERI SA against Hate Speech and Threats

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PARI has issued and endorsed press statements in support of SERI SA and SAITF in light of hate speech, cyberbullying and incitement of violence by Councillor Nkululeko Mbundu, party representative…

Op Ed | Public administration reform is critical after a pliant civil service greased the wheels of State Capture

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By Devi Pillay   The Commission of Inquiry into State Capture has proven that there is an urgent need to professionalise South Africa’s public administration. The commission’s recommendations provide a…

Compact | New Recruits to a Brand New Programme

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We are excited to introduce new members to the PARI team who are working on a soon-to-launch programme: Compact. Compact is a four-year project implemented by the Public Affairs Research…

Meet our new Head of Programmes

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PARI is pleased to welcome Lindiwe Ndlela as the new Head of Programmes. Lindiwe has dedicated her career to supporting institutional and leadership development for elected and appointed government officials.…

Declaration of the Conference for Democratic Renewal and Change

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PARI is a signatory of the following Defend Our Democracy declaration: Declaration of the Conference for Democratic Renewal and Change as adopted on 2 July 2022 at the Birchwood Hotel…

Op Ed | Covid-19 Informal Settlement

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By Thina Nzo While the coronavirus lockdown exacerbated the pre-existing spatial inequalities and the housing crisis in Cape Town, it contributed to the growth of informality and its symbiotic relationship…

Watch | Mbongiseni Buthelezi on the fifth state capture report

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SABC Morning Live: Today the country awaits the fifth and final installment of the State Capture Report following a delay that drew public criticism, prompting the presidency to issue a…

Watch | Thina Nzo: A metro-by-metro analysis

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On 20 June 2022,  Newzroom Afrika looked at the state of municipalities - and particularly the metros. The political problems in some metros - look at the instability in Nelson…

Vacancy | Communications Assistant

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Photo 31102610 © Pressureua | Dreamstime.com APPOINTMENT OF A COMMUNICATIONS ASSISTANT   Closing date for applications:   17 June 2022   The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) is looking for a…

Op Ed | KZN Floods: The dangerous cocktail of traditional authorities and local government

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Photo 57214329 © | Dreamstime.com By Mbongiseni Buthelezi Traditional leaders assign land giving little consideration to spatial planning for long-term, sustainable settlement. People are settled in places unsuitable for human…

Vacancy | Senior Researcher

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Photo 105070128 / Vacancy © Kiosea39 | Dreamstime.com APPOINTMENT OF A SENIOR RESEARCHER TO SUPPORT AN EU FUNDED PROJECT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION   This is a…

Request for EOI | Change Management Expertise

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Photo 177558893 / Change Management © Etiamos | Dreamstime.com Request for Expression of Interest   APPOINTMENT OF 'CHANGE MANAGEMENT EXPERTISE' Closing date for applications: 23 MAY 2022 The Public Affairs…

PARI Launches a Research Workshop Series

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The Public Affairs Research Institute is launching a workshop series to offer scholars, researchers, and postgraduate students an opportunity to share their ongoing work, either by discussing work in progress…

Listen | Injustice and Inequality in SA’s Food System

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CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto interviewed Tracy Ledger on 29 March 2022 about the ingrained injustices and monopolies in our food system. 'These inequities are ingrained in our food system, according to…

Webinar | Celebrating Women in the Land Sector

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On 24 March 2022, PARI's Land Programme Lead, Gaynor Paradza, participated in a webinar titled Women's Land Rights: Celebrating the Role of Women in the Land Sector: Reflecting on Experience,…

Watch | Should local officials’ pay be tied to performance?

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The Watch Dog, SABC 1, interviewed Local Government Programme Lead Thina Nzo on 8 March 2022 about the proposal for local councillors to be paid according to their performance evaluations.…

Watch | Fixing Municipal Finances

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The Watch Dog, SABC 1, interviewed PARI's Local Government Programme Lead Thina Nzo on 4 March 2022 about what it would take for municipalities to deliver on their promises. Catch…

Memorandum: State of the Nation Address – The People’s Voice

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9 February 2022   We, the undersigned organisations, express serious concern about the state of our nation.   Tomorrow, President Cyril Ramaphosa will report back to the country about what…

Op Ed | The Zondo Report’s Recommendations Must Be Implemented Yesterday

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By Ryan Brunette, Jay Kruuse and Tharin Pillay The Zondo report is an impressive undertaking. Drawing on 400 days of hearings and 1.7 million pages of documentary evidence, it is…

Listen | State Capture Report: Accountability and Rebuilding the Procurement System

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Mbongiseni Buthelezi participated in an analysis of Part 1 of the State Capture report on Radio 786 Prime Talk, 2 February 2022: South Africans are paying severely for what appears…

CSWG | Response to the Zondo Commission’s Report

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Monday 24 January 2022 Civil Society Working Group on State Capture: Statement – Response to the Zondo Commission’s Report On the 4th of January 2022, the State Capture Inquiry (the…

Press statement: Collective Call to Stop Attacks on Migrants

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Press Statement 23 January 2022 Collective call to stop attacks on migrants We, the undersigned organisations, are gravely concerned at the recent targeting of migrants in their homes and at…

PARI and WITS research featured in state capture report

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The "Judicial Commission of Inquiry into State Capture Report: Part 1 Vol. 1: South African Airways and its Associated Companies" was released on 4 Jan 2022.  We congratulate PARI and…

Podcast | This Is OIS

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This Is OIS is a journey into the research topics and methodologies of the students of OIS - Organisational and Institutional Studies at Wits University.Episode 5: What's behind poor service…

Vacancy | Programme Lead / Senior Researcher

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APPOINTMENT OF A PROGRAMME LEAD / SENIOR RESEARCHER TO SUPPORT AN EU FUNDED PROJECT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Closing date for applications: 8 December 2021 The Public…

Vacancy | Senior Project Coordinator / Administrator

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APPOINTMENT OF A SENIOR PROJECT COORDINATOR/ADMINISTRATOR, TO SUPPORT AN EU FUNDED PROJECT ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT PLANNING AND PUBLIC PARTICIPATION Closing date for applications:  8 December 2021 The Public Affairs Research…

Watch | Coalition Talks Following Local Elections

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Local Government lead, Thina Nzo, spoke to Newzroom Afrika on 8 November 2021. 'So there are coalition negotiations underway around the country in different ways - the ANC’s national working…

Watch | Corruption and Governance in Local Government

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Dr Tracy Ledger, Lead of PARI's Energy and Society programme, participated in this webinar hosted by the Mail&Guardian. Streamed live on Oct 25, 2021 • The Auditor-General’s reports of the…

WATCH | Has access to basic services enabled transformation or entrenched poverty?

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The Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) has released a report on its investigation of the provisions of basic municipal services to low-income households in South Africa. Overwhelmingly the poorest 50%…

We need a ‘Food First’ approach to basic municipal services and not use them as a source of local government revenue

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By Tracy Ledger First published in Daily Maverick, 4 Oct 2021 Municipal services (electricity, water and sanitation) are intended to be a tool to reduce poverty and inequality. Providing services…

Listen | Basic services costs take food off the table

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Based on the Access to Basic to Services report, Tracy Ledger chats to Chai FM about how basic services costs are making South African households poorer, most importantly at the…

WATCH | Sophie’s Choice for Many South Africans

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It's Sophie's choice for many South Africans who must choose between water and electricity, or food. Dr Tracy Ledger shared the findings in her latest research report with eNCA on…

WATCH | A Just Recovery After Covid-19 and Looting

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This PLAAS webinar on 30 September 2021, facilitated by Mbongiseni Buthelezi, aimed to reframe the post-Covid and post-unrest ‘recovery’ discourse to foreground the danger of entrenched corporate power in the…

WATCH | Local Government in Crisis: How do communities respond?

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This second session of Local Government in Crisis held on 30 September 2021, a webinar series by Tshisimani and MyVoteCounts, explores what tactics communities can and have used when municipalities…

WATCH | State Reform and Traditional Leadership

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On 29 September 2021, Mbongiseni Buthelezi presented an input into the Rebuild SA webinar, the first instalment in a series by GCRO and MISTRA. Dr Buthelezi spoke on State Reform…

Launch of the Association of Former Directors-General

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Having undergone a consultative process with a small mandated and coordinating group of former DGs, PARI's State Reform has assisted this group in conducting comparative research on the best organisational…

WATCH | Should Electricity Be A Free Basic Right?

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Is there a duty on the government to provide free basic electricity to the people of South Africa, especially the poor? Dr. Tracy Ledger, a senior researcher and Lead of…

WATCH | Youth Participation in the Electoral Process

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Young people are disengaged from the democratic process. Most of them don't participate in elections, they don’t usually stand as candidates and remain unrepresented in electoral managerial functions. The IEC…

Op ed | Elections 2021 – Unpredictability, instability may cost parties votes

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by Thina Nzo It's been five years since the last local government elections were held in 2016. For South Africans, that means its time to go back to the voting…

Podcast | What went wrong with free basic electricity?

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This community announcement aims to inform households about why affordable basic energy allocations have not been delivered as promised, and what they can do about it. It is available in…

This month’s cartoon

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2021 2020 2019 2018 Cartoons by Carlos Amato, political cartoonist, and freelance illustrator and writer, based in Johannesburg.

Watch | R26 billion in irregular expenditure

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Dr Thina Nzo on Morning Live traces dysfunctionality in municipalities back to a lack of political leadership and oversight: "Accountability needs to be applied; heads need to roll" The state…

A New Call for Papers | Covid-19, States and Societies

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After publishing the Covid-19, States and Societies Series online in 2020, with fascinating submissions from 14 countries, PARI now seeks academic papers (7000 words) to be published as a book…

PARI joins Participedia

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PARI, in 2020, joined Participedia, a global community sharing knowledge and stories about public participation and democratic innovations. Participedia is an open-sourced, online research tool and publishing platform for articles…

Mbongiseni Buthelezi joins the Agora Energiewende Supervisory Board

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Mbongiseni Buthelezi has joined the Supervisory Board of Agora Energiewende: a think tank funded by the European Climate Foundation and Stiftung Mercator that focuses on dialogue with energy policymakers. It…

PARI joins the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa

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NELGA is the Network of Excellence on Land Governance in Africa. The NUST NELGA node currently has over 30 academic partner institutions in 12 southern African countries, making it the…

A High-Level Task Team to Professionalise the Public Service

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Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi has been appointed to a high-level task team to assist government through the National School of Government (The NSG), to finalise the National Implementation Framework towards the…

Proposed amendments to the Public Service Act (PSA) and Public Administration Management Act (PAMA)

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PARI welcomes the proposed amendments to the Public Service Act (PSA) which seek to (1) devolve administrative powers to the heads of department while retaining strategic powers with the executive…

Watch | PARI uncovers scandal totaling billions of rand

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In the interview with Newzroom Afrika, Tracy Ledger breaks down the incentives for municipalities to divert funds intended for free basic services. She discusses the imbalance in the conversation around…

Spotlight | Two OIS students awarded Research Fellowships from the Wits History Workshop

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Congratulations to OIS students Musa Sithole and Jabu Hlatshwayo who have been awarded fellowships in the "Institutional transformations for sustainable urban mobilities in urban Africa" project, led by Dr Njogu…

Petition | Raising Our Voice Against State Capture and Corruption

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As part of the Civil Society Working Group on State Capture, PARI's State Reform programme has put out a call for voices against state capture and corruption: State capture and…

Listen | Tracy Ledger chats to YFM about Broken Promises report

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On Thursday, 22 April 2021, Dr Tracy Ledger chatted to YFM about the main findings in her latest research report Broken Promises and what communities need to know about free…

Broken Promises | New research from the EnergySociety programme

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A new report on electricity access for low-income households by Tracy Ledger, Lead Researcher on the Energy and Society programme. Poverty has received scant attention from an energy perspective. This…

Listen | New research shows how municipalities divert funding intended for free basic electricity

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Head of the Energy and Society programme, Tracy Ledger, speaks to Thabiso Tema on PowerFM in a revelatory discussion about how the failure to provide free basic electricity for poor…

Community Brief | The Broken Promise of Affordable Energy For All

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Download this Community Brief in the following languages:People who get enough electricity to meet their daily needs, at a price that they can afford to pay, have many benefits: They…

Watch | Trust, Accountability and Capacity in Education System Reform

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In the short video clip below, Melanie Ehren and Jacqueline Baxter interview Noma Pakade and Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, authors of chapter 12 from the book Trust Accountability and Capacity in Education…

Listen | Building State Capacity for Inclusive Development

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Khaya Sithole is in conversation with Busani Ngcaweni, Principal of the National School of Governance and Dr Florencia Belvedere, Lead of the State Reform programme at the Public Affairs Research…

Watch | PARI comments on reforming the state

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Dr Florencia Belvedere shares PARI's state reform work at the Consulting Engineers Protecting Lives and Livelihoods Webinar, Episode 3. You can watch the full webinar in the YouTube embed below.…

Call to Action | Defend Our Democracy

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It is a crucial moment in our democracy. PARI has joined over 300 organisations and individuals in putting out a call to action to all South Africans. Watch the video…

Politicising the Zondo Commission needs to stop, says Civil Society

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We, representatives of civil society, jointly issue this statement condemning former president Jacob Zuma’s insistence on defying the State Capture Commission and the dangerous attacks he and other political actors…

SIU to investigate Mogalakwena Local Municipality

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President Cyril Ramaphosa signed a proclamation on 5 March 2021 authorising the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) to investigate allegations of corruption and maladministration at Mogalakwena Local Municipality in Limpopo. The…

Open letter to the President | Major reforms in the public service are critical to the future of South Africa

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Dear President Cyril Ramaphosa, On Monday, 1 March 2021, in your presidential letter to the nation, you reiterated your administration’s commitment to build an efficient, capable and ethical state free…

Meet the new OIS team

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The Organisational and Institutional Studies programme at Wits University started with first block lectures last week, with a whole new team for 2021. Dr Federica Duca, who leads the OIS…

Listen | New policy to shake up SA’s public service

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Dr Florencia Belvedere was on Radio 702's early breakfast show this morning, chatting with Africa Melane about how the government could root out corruption among public service officials. Listen to…

Listen | Public procurement and the SIU investigation into PPE scandal

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On 5 Feb 2021, Dr Florencia Belvedere chatted to Ntokozo Mazibuko on PowerFM about the state of public procurement, responding to the SIU's media briefing that same day on the…

Op Ed | Local government vs communities

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Local government vs communities: Reclaiming the people's power through the courts State authority can be challenged, giving civil movements the power to circumvent limitations and failures of state institutions, moving…

Parents, teachers and learners anxious about reopening schools

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by Zukiswa Pikoli A Public Affairs Research Institute webinar on institutional coordination of the return to schools agreed that parents’ participation in their children’s education would improve with better access…

Tracy Ledger in discussion about the District Development Model

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The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) held a discussion on 27 January 2021 with Themba Fosi (COGTA),  Tracy Ledger (PARI) and Louis Scheepers (UWC). The conversation dealt with the…

A Just Energy Transition Must Not Deepen Inequality

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Smart Energy International, 23 January 2021 A new working paper by Dr Tracy Ledger, A Just Distribution, argues that: ‘A better understanding of the linkages between distribution and socioeconomic development…

Op Ed | A just energy transition must be developmental, pro-poor and not deepen inequality

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by Tracy Ledger A better understanding of the linkages between electricity distribution and poverty is critical to a just transition. Otherwise, we run the very real risk of restructuring our…

Covid-19, States and Societies | Social contracts around the world

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Covid-19, States and Societies is a new series which presents texts from around the globe, detailing relationships between states and societies: how they have unfolded since the beginning of the…

Watch | The Future of the Ingonyama Trust

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The Future Of The Ingonyama Trust: Substantive Accountability in a post-Covid era dialogue held by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Land and Accountability Research Centre and the Public Affairs Research…

Press Statement | Zuma must account before Zondo

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Press statement 15 November 2020 Zuma must account before Zondo We, the undersigned organisations, express our ongoing support for the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture. We…

Water Rights Webinar Series

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On 3 November, Dr Tracy Ledger was a panel member at the Water Rights Webinar Series 3rd session, on Makana Municipality. The series is organised by SERI and the Mail…

Webinar | Professionalising Local Government

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A professional and well-capacitated local government bureaucracy is essential for the delivery of efficient and effective public goods and services to local communities. The recruitment and appointment of municipal administration…

Listen | More Taxpayer Money for Political Parties

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The ANC’s treasurer-general Paul Mashatile is reportedly calling for an increase in state funding for political parties. The ANC has been in the news for some time with reports of…

Watch | Professionalism in the public sector

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Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi was interviewed on Newzroom Afrika on 11 October about the issue of a lack of professionalism in the public sector, which results in bad service and often,…

Watch | Could the Public Procurement Bill Minimise Unbridled Corruption?

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Dr Thokozani Chilenga-Butao, Research Associate at PARI and Sandile Swana, political analyst, spoke to SABC Morning Live on 22 September 2020 about the upcoming Public Procurement Bill. For more information…

The Hunger Crisis in South Africa

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On 16 September, Dr Tracy Ledger had a gripping conversation with Mark Heywood from Maverick Citizen, in a Jacana 'Don't Shut Up' session, about the state of the food system…

Local Government Week and S139 Interventions

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From Tuesday, 8 to Friday, 11 September, the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) hosted a virtual Local Government Week. The programme was aimed at providing an opportunity for national reflection…

Webinar | Towards Coherent Land Policy-Making in SA: Insights and Lessons

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Achieving coherence in land governance remains a challenge in South Africa. Attempts to  reconcile diverse claims involve trade-offs and compromises. South Africa finds itself locked in these policy processes to…

Now or Never: It’s time to Create Real, Lasting Procurement Reform

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1 September 2020 Corruption Watch and the Public Affairs Research Institute (PARI) have submitted the following open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa and Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni, both of…

Open Letter to the President | We are not ‘in this together’

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OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT: WE ARE NOT 'IN THIS TOGETHER’, POOR WOMEN NEED LAND JUSTICE! Dear President Ramaphosa, We appreciate your efforts in trying to curb the rampant spread…

Press Release | The End Of The Road

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The End of the Road: A critical review of the local government fiscal framework A new study on municipal failure in South Africa Press Release   a financial cul-de-sac that…

Webinar | Land Reform and the Art of Government: The role and capacity of the state

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Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi will be participating in this webinar, organised by PLAAS at the University of the Western Cape, on government roles and capacities in land reform. Watch the public…

Watch | Women go hungry for the sake of their children

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Dr Tracy Ledger is quoted in the Daily Maverick article, Many Mothers Going Hungry For the Sake Of Their Children, New Data Shows, on her work on food security and…

Watch | Public Health System Under Scrutiny

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 Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi and Professor Alex Van den Heever joined SABC Morning Live via Zoom this morning. Watch the full video below. South Africa's Public Health System has been allocated…

Submission to the Draft Public Procurement Bill

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PARI’s state reform programme is centrally focused on the relationship between politics and the state administration, it seeks to reduce the influence of corruption and patronage on South African politics,…

Letter to the Zondo Commission: Commission responds

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The Zondo Commission responded on 15 June to the CSWG's open letter. Read both letters here.   On the Civil Society Working Group's letter to the Zondo Commission, calling for…

Webinar | Unpacking Infrastructure Delivery In Relation to the Draft Procurement Bill

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Watch the full webinar video from Thursday, 18 June for the event Unpacking Infrastructure Delivery In Relation To The Draft Procurement Bill. The PARI resources link, including NPC links, referred…