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Passing of the late Mzukisi Mooi

By |2021-10-20T19:13:28+02:00Oct 20th, 2021|Categories: Social Dialogue in Agriculture|

This edition is dedicated to the memory and sterling work of the late Mzukisi Mooi, who sadly passed away on 12 September 2021, and whose presence, wisdom and expertise will be sorely missed. Long will his legacy of justice, fairness, ethical practice and valuing everyone’s dignity continue, his memory will forever remain in our hearts. Rest [...]

Reflections on the 2nd Annual Symposium of the Social Dialogue in Agriculture program

By |2021-10-21T15:46:53+02:00Oct 20th, 2021|Categories: Social Dialogue in Agriculture|

The convening of the 2nd Annual Symposium of the Social Dialogue in Agriculture program was critical in maintaining momentum within the Panels across the Western Cape. The COVID 19 pandemic and the countrywide lockdown in early 2020, resulted in the cancelation of the 2020 Annual Symposium and prevented the Panels from meeting in person for much of the remainder of the year. Given the critical role of the Agriculture sector in the food security of the country, farm-labours as essential workers, had to continue going to work while in most other sectors workers stayed at home. This meant that if the usual work-related tensions had arisen Panels would have been unable to respond to requests for interventions.

News release: South Africans’ trust in police drops to new low, Afrobarometer survey finds

By |2021-10-08T11:19:44+02:00Oct 8th, 2021|Categories: News, Press Releases|

Popular trust in the South African Police Service (SAPS) has declined by about half over the past decade. Most citizens think most police officials are corrupt, and a small number of citizens report having to pay bribes to obtain police assistance or avoid problems with the police.

SA Reconciliation Barometer features prominently in new DPME Report

By |2021-10-01T11:58:31+02:00Sep 29th, 2021|Categories: Newsletter|

The South African Reconciliation Barometer (SARB), the IJR’s nationally representative public opinion survey on issues of social cohesion and governance, has featured prominently in a new report and policy brief published by the Department of Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation (DPME) entitled Trust in Government: Evidence Synthesis and International Benchmarking Study.

Food security in our lifetime

By |2021-10-01T11:58:44+02:00Sep 29th, 2021|Categories: Newsletter|

Unquestionably, the Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on all facets of human life. From an overwhelmed healthcare employment, from fractured social relations to civil unrest and instability, no part of the human experience in South Africa and globally has been left unaffected by the virus. However, Covid-19 did not affect all segments of the population equally and those classed within marginalized social and economic groups were particularly vulnerable to the detrimental effects of the pandemic and lockdown restrictions. In case the vast inequalities in South Africa were not sufficiently obvious, the Covid-19 pandemic laid bare the unjust and inequitable structures that failed those not safely situated in the upper-middle class.

Covid-19 and the enduring legancies of systemic racism

By |2021-10-01T11:58:52+02:00Sep 29th, 2021|Categories: Newsletter|

Covid-19 has exacerbated South Africa’s most pressing socioeconomic inequities. Worsening inequality, a rising cost of living, systemic corruption, high unemployment, and government austerity paints a picture of a country under severe strain. These dire socioeconomic realities continue to affect the poor and most vulnerable in our communities. While Covid-19 continues to be a challenge for all, research shows that poor black and coloured people remain disproportionately affected by the crisis, which is indicative of the legacies of our apartheid history

Strengthening transitional justice in the Central African Republic

By |2021-10-01T11:59:09+02:00Sep 29th, 2021|Categories: Newsletter|

From 13-17 September 2021, the IJR and ITI held a learning visit for the new appointees of the Truth, Justice, Reparations and Reconciliation Commission (Commission Vérité, Justice, Réparations et Réconciliation, CVJRR) from the Central African Republic (CAR). The high-level delegation attended a workshop in Pretoria, which focused on sharing South Africa’s practical experiences on transitional justice, as well as lessons and insights applicable to the CAR Commission.

South Africans say corruption is getting worse, and reporting it poses a safety risk

By |2021-10-01T11:59:16+02:00Sep 29th, 2021|Categories: Newsletter|

Perceptions of pervasive corruption in South Africa have dominated public discourse for much of the last decade. In its many forms, corruption undermines the effectiveness of the state, worsens the quality of public services, and ultimately erodes public trust. In South Africa, former President Jacob Zuma and some of his allies stand accused of state capture – the use of the state for personal interests that has crippled various compromised institutions.

South Africans unsure of safety of COVID-19 vaccines; many unlikely to get vaccinated

By |2021-07-28T12:33:39+02:00Jul 28th, 2021|Categories: News, Press Releases|

Seven in 10 South Africans have little or no trust in the government’s ability to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, a new Afrobarometer survey shows. A majority of South Africans say they are unlikely to try to get vaccinated. Close to half believe prayer is more effective than a vaccine in preventing COVID-19 infection.

South Africans see postponing elections, using security forces to enforce lockdown as justified during COVID-19 pandemic

By |2021-07-28T12:15:07+02:00Jul 28th, 2021|Categories: News, Press Releases|

Seven in 10 South Africans have little or no trust in the government’s ability to ensure that COVID-19 vaccines are safe, a new Afrobarometer survey shows. A majority of South Africans say they are unlikely to try to get vaccinated. Close to half believe prayer is more effective than a vaccine in preventing COVID-19 infection.

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