In April, The Conversation published an article written by Ariane De Lannoy, together with Lauren Graham and Leila Patel. The authors argue that assessing youth employability interventions based solely on job placement is inadequate, as this ignores other outcomes which are also important, particularly in environments of high structural unemployment
South Africa’s national accounts were last rebased and benchmarked in 2014. The next rebasing should have been done in 2019, was rescheduled to 2020, but was deferred due to the unusual circumstances of the year. The rebasing of the national accounts has, in the past, been accompanied by substantial upward revisions to both the level of GDP and prior growth rates.
City Press published an article written by Saldrupians Ariane De Lannoy, Gibson Mudiriza and Charmaine Smith, together with Lauren Graham from the CSDA at the University of Johannesburg. The article shares insights into the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on young South Africans, drawn from a survey conducted by SALDRU and Unicef SA through Unicef’s UReport platform.
Together with Nico Cloete and Francois van Schalkwyk, SALDRU Director Murray Leibbrandt wrote an article for University World News on evidence and policy-making. In the article, SALDRU’s input to the announcement of an increase in the child support grant is given as an example of government and research groups working together towards evidence-based policy-making.
In an article in The Conversation, Saldrupians Ihsaan Bassier, Josh Budlender, Prof. Murray Leibbrandt, Prof. Vimal Ranchhod and Rocco Zizzamia argue that South Africa’s lockdown will hit informal workers and their households hardest and that a top-up to the Child Support Grant (CSG) is needed to mitigate this impact.
SALDRU’s Ariane De Lannoy and Murray Leibbrandt co-authored an op-ed for the City Press on 16 June 2019 with Najwah Allie-Edries, Lauren Graham, Nilmini Herath and Shakira Maharaj. The authors explain how a local research consortium has been investigating what type of intervention can be designed to ensure that South Africa’s NEET young people are as supported as EU youth are by its “youth guarantee” programme.
Murray Leibbrandt together with Anda David from the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) and Werner Ruch from StatsSA, wrote an op-ed for City Press which explains the policy importance of the 'Inequality Trends in South Africa' report, the collaboration behind it and the datasets used in compiling the report.