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Fast Facts 2011

Here you will find the 2011 issues of Fast Facts in PDF format.

Fast Facts no 01 - January 2011

Fast Facts no 01 - January 2011

Contents:

  • South African Mirror
    The state of the country:
    The six pages that follow in this edition of Fast Facts provide as concise an overview as can be published of where South Africa has come from and where it may be headed. It is a story of mixed success. 1
  • South African Mirror
    South African Mirror:
    Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. 2-7
  • Fast Stats 8-12

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Fast Facts no 02 - February 2011

Fast Facts no 02 - February 2011

Contents:

  • Labour
    Five bills building state and union powers:
    The Cabinet used the festive season to unveil five new bills: four on labour, one on land. All five supposedly aim to help the poor, but their predictable effect will be to worsen unemployment and build dependence on the State. 1
  • Labour
    Four new Labour Bills:
    Cutting jobs to please Cosatu. 2-7
  • Land
    Draft Land Tenure Security Bill:
    Flawed rationale and likely adverse outcomes. 8-11
  • Fast Stats 12-16

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Fast Facts no 03 - March 2011

Fast Facts no 03 - March 2011

Contents:

  • Education
    The results of the 2010 matric exams showed a significant improvement, but low standards risk setting South African pupils up for failure after school.
  • Budget 2011
    Our annual budget analysis contains tables showing long and very long-term trends.
  • Education
    National matric results.
    Provincial results.
    Subject results.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 04 - April 2011

Fast Facts no 04 - April 2011

Contents:

  • Families
    A stable family life with both parents is the privilege of a minority of children. HIV/AIDS, poverty, and unemployment are contributing to a pattern of family breakdown that is handicapping many children.
  • Families
    Fractured families: A crisis for South Africa.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 05 - May 2011

Fast Facts no 05 - May 2011

Contents:

  • Families
    Unemployment, teenage pregnancy, crime, and drug and alcohol abuse all affect South Africa’s youth. Family breakdown, and the absence of fathers in particular, may contribute to these social ills.
  • Families
    Broken families breaking youth
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 06 - June 2011

Fast Facts no 06 - June 2011

Contents:

  • Justice
    Democracy is supposed to make for accountability. But accountability is clearly absent as regards the polic e, the pris on, and our faltering criminal courts.
  • Police
    Few penalties for police abuses.
  • Police
    Charges laid against members of the South African Police Service and proportion of charges ending in conviction, 2009/10.
  • Prisons
    ‘Shockin gly inhumane ’ tre atment of many awaiting-trial prisoners.
  • Prisons
    New rules for remand detainees.
  • Corruption
    Lessons from the Glenister judgment.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 07 - July 2011

Fast Facts no 07 - July 2011

Contents:

  • Rainbow Index
    The Institute’s Rainbow Index monitors South Africa’s performance on ‘ten pillars of democracy’, all of which are vital to political and economic freedom. Analysis and scores for 2010/11 are contained in this and the next two issues of Fast Facts.
  • Democratic Governance
    In a local government election in May 2011 that was generally well-run, the African National Congress won 62% of the vote but nevertheless lost support everywhere except KwaZulu- Natal.
  • Rule of Law
    New judiciary bills, though improved, still give the executive control over the administration and budgets of the courts.
  • Individual Rights
    The Constitutional Court has confirmed the Government’s duty to act effectively against corruption, which erodes many individual rights.
  • Media and Civil Society
    The Protection of Information Bill is again before Parliament, while proposals for a Media Appeals Tribunal have been revived. The South African Broadcasting Corporation continues to show a bias towards the ruling party.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 08 - August 2011

Fast Facts no 08 - August 2011

Contents:

  • Rainbow Index
    Living standards have risen strongly, but largely through unsustainable government spending. At the same time, key obstacles to black advancement - from family breakdown to uncaring teachers and a culture of dependency — remain unaddressed.
  • Racial goodwill
    Racial goodwill is vital to South Africa, but continues to be undermined by laws requiring racial classification, racial counting, and racial preferences. Such laws are proving costly and have failed to help the truly disadvantaged, prompting criticisms from some of their earlier proponents.
  • Good Citizenship
    Good citizenship is an essential foundation for liberal democracy, helping to reduce crime and other damaging behaviour. But ‘bad’  citizenship persists, evinced in rape and other criminal conduct, along with alcohol and drug abuse.
  • Liberation of the Poor
    Social welfare has reduced poverty and improved living standards, while the rolling out of antiretrovirals to 1.4m people living with AIDS has reduced mortality and increased life expectancy.
  • Fast Stats

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Fast Facts no 09 - September 2011

Fast Facts no 09 - September 2011

Contents:

  • Monitoring freedom
    The Rainbow Index is an annual monitor of political and economic freedom in South Africa.It covers ten essential ‘pillarsof democracy’. On most pillars,scores have declined since 1994.
  • Effective Government
    A key objective of the ruling party’s national democratic revolution is to ‘democratise’ all state organs by making them demographically representative and staffed with deployed cadres. The result, given the skills deficit, is increasing incompetence in the discharge of the State’s core responsibilities.
  • Scope for free enterprise
    Economic growth rides on entrepreneurship, which can flourish only in a suitable environment. But the business climate has deteriorated, partly because of global factors but also because of over-regulation, poor skills and productivity, high costs and inadequate infrastructure, and threats of nationalisation from organisations allied to the ruling party.
  • Growth-focused policies
    Rapid economic growth is vital to increased prosperity and the consolidation of democracy. However, South Africa has again fared badly on the five factors making for growth.
  • Fast Stats

 

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Fast Facts no 10 - October 2011

Fast Facts no 10 - October 2011

Contents:

  • Public debate
    Despite claims to the contrary, criticism and scrutiny of the Government is thriving among black opinion-makers.
  • Public debate
    Some claim that black people who criticise the Government are anti-black and others suggest black opinion-makers have opted out of public debate.
  • The economy
    There are a number of challenges facing the economy and most agree that unemployment and stagnant growth are the most pressing.
  • Race relations
    Opinions on race relations are greatly varied. While some black commentators say that black people cannot be racist, others accuse ANC and government leaders of racism.
  • Unemployment
    Black opinion-makers agree that unemployment is a serious issue in South Africa but differ greatly on how to rectify it.
  • Corruption
    There is agreement among black opinion-makers that corruption is a serious problem in South Africa. While some call on the State to fix the rot that has set in, others claim that the responsibility for ridding society of corruption begins with its citizens.
  • Nationalisation
    Despite support for nationalisation from within the tripartite alliance, more black opinion-makers seem to be against the policy than favour it.
  • Fast Stats

 

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Fast Facts no 11 - November 2011

Fast Facts no 11 - November 2011

Contents:

  • Lawrence Schlemmer
    When he died on 26th October, Professor Lawrence Schlemmer had been a vice president of the Institute since 1976. He also served as president from 1983 to 1985.
  • Provincial profiles
    This issue of Fast Facts presents the state of the nine provinces in South Africa. Rankings are calculated by the Institute to compare each province’s performance in the following areas: demographics, the economy, employment and incomes, education, health, living conditions, and crime. Stronger economies are generally overall best performers but their crime indicators are a weak point.
  • Provincial profiles
    The Institute presents our annual statistical review of South Africa’s provinces.
  • Fast Stats
     

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Fast Facts no 12 - December 2011

Fast Facts no 12 - December 2011

Contents:

  • Land
    The green paper on land reform claims to help the rural poor. Its effect will rather be to expand the State’s control over land and increase dependency on the ruling party. It will also give selected cadres increased scope to wield state power for personal advantage.
  • Land reform
    The green paper on land reform proposes a single system of land tenure likely to put more and more land into government ownership. It also introduces three new bureaucratic structures which seek to oust court jurisdiction over property rights. Instead of helping black South Africans experience the security of land ownership, it seems intent on preventing them from acquiring this foundation for economic and political independence.
  • Land
    The National Development Plan put forward by the National Planning Commission contradicts the green paper by emphasising the importance of secure tenure and urging pragmatism in land reform. But it is also fanciful.
  • Farming
    The National Development Plan, in setting out its vision for 2030, sees agriculture as ‘having the potential to create close to 1 million new jobs’ within the next two decades. Like other government plans in the past, it sets out detailed job targets but offers no practical basis for achieving them.
  • Economic forecasts
  • Fast Stats
     

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