In the Media

National minimum wage: Is it time to pay up?

12 August 2016  |  Financial Mail

Government is creating a panel of seven academic experts to try to resolve, by October, the impasse over the introduction of a national minimum wage. In SA, minimum wages vary by sector. In 2015, the median wage of all workers covered by these sectoral determinations was R2,447/month. In addition, trade unions and employers negotiate in bargaining councils the minimum wages for sectors like mining and manufacturing. These pay more than 4,000/month. Read more...


Better governance has boosted Africa’s resilience

4 August 2016  |  Nikkei Asian Review

African governments are maintaining fiscal discipline and increasingly curbing corruption, according to Hiroyuki Hino, a visiting professor at the University of Cape Town's Southern African Labour and Development Research Unit. Hino spoke with the Nikkei Asian Review about how Africa is coping with the resource slump and other issues. Read more...


International Workshop on Inequality and Middle Class Development in Africa

Cape Town, 4-6 May 2016

Against the background of a renewed interest in the impact of the distribution of income and wealth on socioeconomic development, this workshop focused on the potential of an emerging middle class in Africa to foster inclusive growth and play a transformative socio-political role in their respective countries. The workshop was organized by the GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation (IJRI) and SALDRU. In the course of three days, it provided participants with the opportunity to critically engage with questions around the development of a middle class in Africa from different perspectives. Participants presented current research results, structured the debate and exchanged ideas between research and policy making, and deliberated on joint strategies for a more integrated approach to the understanding of middle class formation, its segmentation, as well as its political and social orientations. Please see here for information about the workshop and to view the presentations.

Seminar Series

There will be no seminar this week. Details on the next seminar to follow.

Working Papers

Other Writing

Youth friendly clinics make inroads in reducing unintended teen births in South Africa

Nicola Branson and Tanya Byker

Econ3x3 Brief: The inequality of space: What to do?

Pippa Green

Econ3x3 Brief: How much is inequality reduced by progressive taxation and government spending?

Ingrid Woolard, Rebecca Metz, Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig and Mashekwa Maboshe

World Bank working paper: The distributional impact of fiscal policy in South Africa

Gabriela Inchauste, Nora Lustig, Mashekwa Maboshe, Catriona Purfield and Ingrid Woolard

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