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Mandela Initiative research: Summaries of findings

A Community of Practice must be strategically aligned to government policies aimed at addressing key social challenges and problems. Such a community has emerged through the Mandela Initiative’s research programme funded by the National Research Foundation and led by recipients of the South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI), an NRF and Department of Science and Technology partnership. These SARChI Research Chairs hosted a two-day Community of Practice workshop on 8 and 9 May 2017 to discuss the research results and debate their policy implications with key actors from relevant government and non-governmental agencies. Below are summaries of the studies which were presented at this gathering.

 

 

Measuring labour law violation: An application to South Africa [summary]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, Ben Stanwix and Amy Thornton; Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Measuring labour law violation: An application to South Africa [poster]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Ravi Kanbur, Cornell University, Ben Stanwix and Amy Thornton; Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Examining the impact of strikes on the South African economy [summary]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Derek Yu, Safia Khan and Amy Thornton;
Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Examining the impact of strikes on the South African economy [poster]


Haroon Bhorat, DST-NRF Research Chair in Economic Growth, Poverty and Inequality: Exploring Interactions for South Africa; Derek Yu, Safia Khan and Amy Thornton;
Development Policy Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Job creation in forestry, timber, pulp and paper


Jeanette Clarke, independent researcher who contributed to the overall “Job creation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries” study, led by Ben Cousins, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Job creation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries (overall project findings)


Ben Cousins, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty; Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Job creation in citrus

Amelia Genis, independent researcher who contributed to the overall “Job creation in agriculture, forestry and fisheries” study, led by Ben Cousins,
DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Job creation in fisheries in South Africa


Moenieba Isaacs, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape; part of the study led by Ben Cousins, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty; Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape

 

Overcoming inequality in South Africa: Thinking “outside of the box”


Murray Leibbrandt, DST-NRF Research Chair in Poverty and Inequality, and Vimal Ranchhod, Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit, University of Cape Town

 

Families and inequality


Dorrit Posel, Helen Suzman Chair in Political Economy; School of Economic and Business Sciences, University of the Witwatersrand

 

The daily practices of informality: Johannesburg’s “hidden spaces”


Margot Rubin, DST-NRF Research Chair in Spatial Analysis and City Planning; School of Architecture and Planning, University of the Witwatersrand

 

Assessing the redistributive potential of the health system in South Africa


Diane McIntyre, DST-NRF Research Chair in Health and Wealth in South Africa; Division of Health Economics, University of Cape Town

 

Improving education for the poor


Servaas van der Berg, DST-NRF Research Chair in the Economics of Social Policy, Research on the Economics of Social Policy, Stellenbosch University