SCIS in the press
The SCIS team write regular analysis and op-ed articles for the popular press. Here is a selection of the latest writing.
Research Associate, Lisa Vetten, was interviewed about the implications of the Gauteng Social Development Department's budget cut on social welfare services. Watch the eNCA report.
Imraan Valodia, Julia Taylor and Katrina Lehmann-Grube on Facing the climate crisis in a world of inequality: Who should pay? Who will pay?
Michael Sachs on how core services shrinkage in the budget will harm the poor
Imraan Valodia and David Everatt tell us how informal settlements could drive South Africa's rooftop solar revolution
Edward Webster and Fikile Masikane recently participated in a podcast on their research on platform work. They were joined by researchers from a range of countries including Italy, India and South Africa and discuss differences and similarities in their research findings. Listen to part 1 and part 2
Edward Webster delivered the 2022 Annual Neil Aggett Labour Studies Lecture: "Re-Casting the Power of Labour in the Digital Age", Watch it here.
Edward Webster on why nation-building is still relevant in building a non-racial South Africa
Julia Taylor, Aalia Cassim and Imraan Valodia explore The macroeconomic risks and opportunities of a transition to a low-carbon economy for South Africa,
Imraan Valodia, Siviwe Mhlana and Julia Taylor, on Gender, care, and climate change: Why they are connected,
Michael Sachs, Arabo K. Ewinyu, and Olwethu Shedi explain how budget pressures have eroded the capacity of the criminal justice system
Imraan Valodia and Julia Taylor take us through key outcomes from COP27
Edward Webster and Ruth Castel-Branco tell us how worker organisations can survive the digital age
Imraan Valodia and Julia Taylor explain what COP27 is and why we should care
Thokozile Madonko tells us why SA needs a bold, visionary mini budget and an end to austerity policymaking and why we must be outraged at the fact that there are no alternatives to the Medium Term Budget Policy Statement
Michael Sachs. Arabo K. Ewinyu and Olwethu Shedi provide an analysis of spending in South Africa's public service and tell us although demand is growing. real spending is falling
Ruth Castel-Branco discusses various social protection programmes that have been implemented in the last three decades and why although social grants offer cash, they aren't a magic bullet response to inequality in the global south
Imraan Valodia, Siviwe Mhlana, and Julia Taylor tell us why gender, care and climate change are connected
Arabo K. Ewinyu and Olwethu Shedi tell us why although significant strides have been made in the labour market, Women in SA continue to bear a double (or triple) burden
SCIS' PhD Fellow Kudakwashe Manjondo's take on Harare: dirty city, dirty politics, dirty black gold
Alex Mobubetswane Mashilo says auto manufacturing is changing and this is how South Africa can adjust to protect workers and jobs
What's wrong with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, listen to this podcast by Ruth Castel-Branco, Nyanjala Nyabola, and Ozayr Patel
Ruth Castel-Branco and Hannah J. Dawson tell us how digital labour platforms subject global South workers to 'algorithmic insecurity' and again here
In this Cape Talk interview, Edward Webster weighs in on the recently-leaked 'Uber Files' and how the company has failed drivers
Siviwe Mhlana and David Francis on unemployment and the need for government to think of new approaches in addressing this crisis
Edward Webster recently chaired a conversation about grassroots democracy and resistance for a Pen South Africa podcast episode titled Grassroots Movements, Housing and Hope
Ruth Castel-Branco and Hannah J. Dawson on the fourth industrial revolution: a seductive idea requiring critical engagement
Imraan Valodia and Julia Taylor discuss the threats posed by climate change to livelihoods of all humanity, especially in the Global South
Imraan Valodia and David Francis discuss how socio-economic realities in South Africa impact growth and investment
Edward Webster remembers Rick Turner in real utopias and the impracticality of realism
Imraan Valodia, Julia Taylor, and Shirona Patel tell us how universities can play a central role in fostering a transformative approach to climate change
Michael Sachs warns of future tax hikes
Michael Sachs on how President Ramaphosa could use the BIG to garner support for the ANC ahead of 2024
Michael Sachs says on political courage and basic income support
Michael Sachs on the 2021 MTBPS and why achieving consolidation next year will be even harder.
Michael Sachs discusses the BEE Chapeaux Report on SAfm with Cathy Mohlahlana.
Edward Webster talks about the possibility of a shorter working week for SA.
Imraan Valodia sits down with the Head of UNAIDS and she unpacks the knock-on effects of Covid-19.
Imraan Valodia tells us why developing countries should inform global debates on inequality.
Ruth-Castel Branco weighs in on South Africa's basic income grant versus jobs debate. You can listen to her CapeTalk interview here.
Imraan Valodia and colleagues discuss Covid-19 variants, vaccines, and the unlikelihood of herd immunity
Shafee Verachia shares his views on misinformation and the threat to democracy. Here, he shares his views on the age of industrialised disinformation.
Hannah Dawson debunks common stereotypes about young, jobless South Africans. Here, she tells us what the youth are up to. Listen to her Cape Talk interview here on SA youth and joblessness and here on PowerFM
Imraan Valodia remembers Vishnu Padayachee in this moving tribute, and here. You can also read a full obituary here
Imraan Valodia explores the link between inequality and power
Imraan Valodia and colleagues tell us why vaccinating is the only viable strategy for living with Covid-19
Edward Webster reflects on his vaccination moment and a need for a fundamental rethink of capitalism.
Edward Webster discusses the uberisation of work and worker rights. You can also watch his SABC interview here
Edward Webster and colleagues discuss the low trust dynamic in SA workplaces.
Imraan Valodia tells us why it's a good idea to force the disclosure of wages and executive pay in SA. You can listen to his Smile 90.4FM interview here and his Cape Talk discussion here.
Alex Mashilo and Dinga Sokwebu critique the state's policy on electric cars.
Edward Webster discusses the new workers of the gig economy.
The first series from our Kusini Podcast, Encounters with Covid, was featured in a list of 20 Best Podcasts on Economic Inequality in 2021
Michael Sachs discusses South Africa's Budget and the absence of social solidarity.
Imraan Valodia talks vaccines and the state of Biovac
A critic of the Wealth Tax Paper (and the Technical Paper) on Politics Web. Part I and II. The paper was also cited in a ruling on patrimonial capitalism.
Arabo Ewinyu discusses her experiences with inequality in Kenya and South Africa.
Michael Sachs had various engagements following the 2021 Budget. A selection of these are listed here: Business Day TV, New Frame, Metro FM Part I, Metro FM Part II, Mail and Guardian, 702, City Press and Business Day.
Imraan Valodia and colleagues discuss costing a vaccine strategy for South Africa.
Several engagements with the published Technical paper. The Citizen. Business Day. Bloomberg. Fin24. Moneyweb.
The researchers were interviewed by the SABC, here and here and on Voice of the Cape.
Is a wealth tax in South Africa really a bad idea? Aroop Chatterjee, Léo Czajka and Amory Gethin respond to this opinion piece.
Michael Sachs speaks to Peter Bruce on fiscal policy and what to expect in this month’ Budget. (Financial Mail)
Work from home reserved for the privileged few in SA write Ruth Castel-Branco, Sandiswa Mapukata and Edward Webster
SA on one-way ride to a debt crisis, warns Michael Sachs. More analysis here, here, here and here.
Edward Webster was part of a BBC Panel discussing some of the barriers to systemic reform on racism
Michael Sachs was interviewed on episode 106 of the Voices from SA Podcast. Among other things he talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the South African economy, the role of the State and certain Government Departments.
SA’s richest 3 500 own more than the bottom 32 million. Read more here, here and here.
Ruth Castel-Branco’s policy recommendations for work and social protections in Mozambique was published (in Portuguese). The English version is available here.
Aroop Chatterjee was interviewed by Michael Avery on Classic FM regarding the findings of his latest working paper estimating household wealth distribution in South Africa.
Imraan Valodia reflected on the Presidential economic recovery package on Radio New Frame
Michael Sachs spoke at a virtual webinar organised by the CDE on how the COVID-19 disaster and the proposed response will affect South Africa’s public finances. His slides are available here.
Like a magnifying glass, the COVID Pandemic has exposed the fragility of global capitalism and the systemic violence it produces writes Ruth Castel-Branco in her FES blog article.
Imraan Valodia participated in a webinar on the impact of COVID-19 on workers in the informal sector
South Africa needs to mitigate the worst of its inequalities in tackling coronavirus, by Imraan Valodia and David Francis: South Africa won't flatten the COVID-19 pandemic curve unless all citizens have the means to stay at home. But for many, it's either they stay at home and starving, or go out to make a living.
Michael Sachs commented on the necessary fiscal stimulus package for the South African economy.
Imraan Valodia proposes ten programmes to implement urgently in light of the Covid-19 crisis
Imraan Valodia later commented on President Ramaphosa’s economic proposals
The results of work by Aroop Chatterjee (SCIS), Amory Gethin (World Inequality Lab) and Léo Czajka (World Inequality Lab & Université Catholique de Louvain), and their latest working paper on estimating the distribution of household wealth in South Africa are widely quoted in today’s newspapers: Daily Maverick, Ground Up and SA People.
Michael Sachs provided analysis on Budget 2020 across various media channels: as part of a panel on Classic FM, in the Business Day, and in City Press. You can also read some of his comments on the budget in the Mail and Guardian.
Michael Sachs spoke at GIBS’ Economic Outlook 2020 Conference on the 20th of February. This event was covered extensively by Business Day and Engineering News.
Ruth Castel-Branco. A people cannot bid farewell to their history Africa is a Country, February 2020
Imraan Valodia. Data and Dominance CURIOSI.TY, pp. 46 – 47, 2019
Edward Webster. Organising precarious workers in Africa Open Democracy, 2019
Edward Webster. Mass Strikes and Social Movement Unionism Progress in Political Economy, 2019
David Francis and Imraan Valodia. There’s a nugget of good news in the latest unemployment figures Daily Maverick, 2019
Edward Webster. Trade unions and the Polanyian countermovement: a Southern perspective Culture, Practice and Europeanization, 2019
Edward Webster. In Memoriam: Rob Lambert (1945-2019) Global Labour Journal, 2019