Why full dams don’t mean water security: a look at South Africa
Gauteng citizens need to know the uncomfortable truth: for the next six years, their water supplies will increasingly have to be restricted.
Gauteng citizens need to know the uncomfortable truth: for the next six years, their water supplies will increasingly have to be restricted.
Government support for farmers, higher rainfall and grain imports have helped sub-Saharan Africa stave off food insecurity - region isn't out of the woods yet.
Monetary and fiscal policy challenges posed by South Africa’s deepening economic crisis and the Covid-19 pandemic
South Africa has been one of the countries affected most adversely by the COVID-19 pandemic in Africa.
This paper examines the rationale for an overhaul of the system of social security in SA taking account of long-term social and economic factors.
Since the end of formal apartheid in 1994, progress in changing entrenched patterns of economic participation, improving low levels of productive investment...
This paper hopes to shed light on how South Africa arrived at the fiscal crisis that it currently faces.
The purpose of this working paper is to examine three cross-cutting themes.
A lack of adequate and reliable electricity has crippled South Africa’s economy for at least the past decade.
The National Executive Committee brought a crucial tilt in the factional balance of power towards Ramaphosa.
A reminder to apply now for our exciting new course on government elections offered by our Executive Development Unit.
Being a country’s president, or former one, does not translate into immunity from prosecution.
Nile communities carefully monitored and recorded the river’s flow. Centuries later these records are still being used by water resource managers.
Why libraries still matter and how township gangs teased me about reading.
This paper provides a brief assessment of the labour force survey data, focused particularly on the current survey instrument, the QLFS.
With what voice do we speak when the unspeakable happens? What language do we use?
A Joe Biden/Kamala Harris administration offers potential for perhaps subtle but potentially catalytic changes for the MENA region.
Apart from devising its own artificial intelligence strategy, the government must promote international collaboration.
In response to the economic devastation caused by the coronavirus pandemic, most sub-Saharan governments are developing economic recovery plans.
BEE has only benefited a handful of politically connected black political capitalists, a select group of white-owned big business, financiers and law firms.
Excessive remuneration at failing state-owned entities provides no incentive to become accountable.
Emergency relief measures were operational for six months and are due to end soon. But the impacts of COVID-19 will be felt long after.
Local governments must gather the political will to fight corruption, inefficiency as finances dwindle, but they’ll need help.
Many public figures increasingly, not only outrightly lie on public platforms, but dress up lies as if these are truths.
Ordinary citizens, consumers and civil society must play more active roles as shareholders of state-owned enterprises.
Wits School of Governance lecturer, Lihle Ngcobozi wrote a book, Mothers of the Nation – Manyano Women in South Africa. We chat to her about her book.
Professor Pundy Pillay, WSG Research Director talks about the School's successful PhD programme and the challenging journey of completing this research degree.
SA should fire the current Cabinet and set up a national “emergency” one with the best talents in the country prevent it from plunging down the cliff.
SA’s corporate and country model is still that of the apartheid era, but there are six ways to fix that.
South Africa's economy and just how bleak are our prospects?
Debates about women’s unpaid reproductive labour have been going on since the first woman received cash for her services.
Last week in very different contexts, the United States and South Africa witnessed the funeral as a spectacle; a national rite of passage.
SA Future Economy Project
She has won disciples in high places — including in SA — with her focus on innovation as key to achieving inclusive growth.
It’s been a week of sorrow, where we weep for what the world has lost.
My interview with Dr Ruth Murambadoro about her book, Transitional Justice in Africa: The Case of Zimbabwe was a sensory experience.
Testing and tracing has not been at a level needed to suppress the spread and must now focus on containing opportunities for super-spreading and transmissions.
Africa accounts for nearly 27% of the World Trade Organisation's membership and 35% of members from developing countries, but an African has never run it.
South Africa’s opposition parties appear to be confused, chasing shadows or paralysed by the enormity of the Covid-19 crisis.
Government urgently needs an integrated Covid-19 response to deal with mental illness, violence and crime.
Government could have been in control of the Covid-19 pandemic, but chose not to be and has instead squandered resources, leaving options limited.
An experts’ guide on Covid-19 risks in South Africa and how to manage them
The South African Reserve Bank, the coronavirus shock, and ‘the age of magic money’ - a lecture presented by Governor Lesetja Kganyago.
South Africa’s governance model, the way the country is run, is broken.
So-called African solutions that are often uncritically accepted as ‘good’ do nothing for the continent
Covid-19 has demonstrated how data can provide new sources of evidence for public policy-making.
South Africa is at a crossroads.
The Wits School of Governance hosted a webinar which looked at the impact of militarisation in SA since the lockdown started in March 2020.
Ramaphosa's call for a new social compact will fall on deaf ears unless there are some fundamental changes to the way in which the pandemic is being managed.
Everyone is tired; tired of COVID-19, tired of ‘pandemic speak’ and lockdown.
Is it unreasonable to infer that the lobby groups who opposed the National Coronavirus Command Council decision were in cahoots with illicit tobacco?
President Cyril Ramaphosa’s moment of truth arrived when he donned a military uniform minus rank, closely followed by his fumble to put on a face mask.
South Africa's Covid-19 pandemic trajectory is far from clear.
And a corresponding rise in nationalism and xenophobia may follow, just as it did in the 1930s.
There is new leadership at the Wits School of Governance.
The SANDF and SAPS should not enforce the COVID-19 lockdown at the expense of undermining human rights, personal dignity and common sense.
Getting food to the vulnerable, needy and poor during the COVID-19 lockdown is now increasingly urgent.
We’d all love to know more about our neighbours – from COVID-19 data, census data and other official data sources – but we shouldn't.
Given the protracted nature of the risk posed by the COVID-19, this paper seeks to address the need to match health prevention and a viable economy.
Students will get 30GB of data if registered on MTN, Vodacom, Cell C or Telkom.
Many African governments are stifling freedom of expression under the guise of tackling Covid-19.
Dear WSG student Wits is proud to re-open on Monday, 20 April 2020, with every course going online.
Countries such as the US, Germany, India and Brazil have launched help for all sectors of their economies — South Africa needs to follow.
Women and children face even more alarming levels of abuse due to COVID-19 lockdown.
A poster series to action South Africans on how to care of themselves and others.
50+ economists and others from Wits are part of a group of more than 78 who wrote an open letter urging President Cyril Ramaphosa for more significant action.
The dashboard is aimed at informing government, scientists, the media and general public with quick, easy-to-understand information on the current situation.
Answers to common questions asked by the Wits community.
The deluge of opinions and proposed solutions to South Africa's energy crisis reflects corporate and political interests.
COLUMN: While there is paralysis from above, exciting new forms of movement-building from below in Africa are saying ‘No to climate genocide!’
Not all droughts are the same and South Africa needs to have a targeted approach to each type.
South Africa's Department of Water and Sanitation has plans in place to ensure adequate water supply until 2040 and beyond.
We are excited to announce the arrival of our new academic staff members.
Recent Leadership in Municipal Governance graduates share their experience at the Wits School of Governance (WSG).
There are some interesting changes at the Wits School of Governance, all geared towards improving students' experiences at Wits.
Are we paying attention to the demand side of financial inclusion in SA?
It can be quite challenging to condense 50 years of scholarship and teaching as an academic economist.
25 years ago, citizens hoped a post-apartheid SA would be a fresh start. Today, political and business leaders stand accused of money laundering and bribery.
The Wits School of Governance launched their book, Governance and the Postcolony – Views from Africa.
South Africa's planned NHI has no equivalent in any setting in the world. It's deeply flawed on a number of fronts.
The state is too broken to blunder on with universal healthcare.
Migration from rural areas to cities can be slowed down with integrated agriculture value chains.
The book, 'The Road to Unfreedom: Russia, Europe, America', helps make sense of the mess the world’s in
The recent squabble over the mandate of the South African Reserve Bank has very little to do with real economic policies.
Mutually beneficial social pacts between farmers and employees will strengthen rural safety, security and peace, writes William Gumede.
As we approach the cold mid-point of 2019, the Wits School of Governance is a warm and active place to be.
Three young African students started a newly initiated pre-doctoral programme in 2018 at the Wits School of Governance.
Developing and protecting agriculture-related industries will be crucial to creating jobs and achieving a just new order.
Associate Professor in Security Erin McCandless teaches a course on Approaches to Peace and Security at WSG.
We need to politicise 'black tax' by understanding its historical origins in a racialised apartheid SA that socially engineered black poverty.
Marketing and communications are increasingly playing a key role in the public sector, says Themba Maseko, former GCIS CEO.
A Wits School of Governance PhD student, Donny Thebus had an opportunity to spend time at the Kings College War Studies department in the United Kingdom.
The Zuma wing of the ANC and the EFF have pushed black electoral politics towards left-wing populism.
Dr Kambidima Wotela recently won the Commerce, Law Management 2018/19 Supervisor of the Year award.
South Africa’s black middle class is growing numerically – and growing politically restive.
Voting for the ANC come the 2019 election will be a calculated but inescapably blindfolded leap of faith for many South African voters.
The Wits School of Governance is proud to offer students some of the most exciting, flexible and innovative degree programmes available.
The WSG’s Chair in Public Governance, Professor Robert Van Niekerk, is intent on bringing the social policy dimension to the study of public governance.
PhD student, Ross Jennings was awarded the PV Thobias Educational Bursary while Andile Mbhele is a recipient of the Borlaug Fellowship Program award.
There is no decent punchline available (not one that could be repeated in polite society). Trying to find ethics in contemporary politics is reduced to a joke.
The Wits School of Governance launched the most flexible and choice-based Master’s programme in South Africa – Master of Management in the field of Governance.
African National Congress veteran Enoch Godongwana has joined the WSG as a visiting fellow until 2021.
Is South Africa geared to lead and extract maximum benefit for the country, the continent, and the Indian Ocean region?
If politicians see only personal advantage from other's 'weakness’ – defined here as honesty, seeking forgiveness, repentance – then the future is bleak.
It will be a lengthy and costly process to find out just how deep the state capture rot is and what the detritus is that former President Zuma has left behind.
A week of telling snapshots of combat between capture and recovery. The Zondo Commission hearings go to the heart of the answer to this question.
South Africa needs to intervene to persuade Zanu-PF and the MDC Alliance leadership to secure peace through a coalition government.
Halfway through 2018, and the Wits School of Governance is bursting at the seams.
Zebra stripes, leopard spots and the troubled king of the political jungle.
Ibsa was established in 2003. BRICS was established in 2009 by China, Russia, India and Brazil, with South Africa joining in 2010.
The realities of today’s youth were at the centre of the second Wits School of Governance and Friedrich Ebert Stiftung SA roundtable in the 2018 series.
A group of gardeners in the Western Cape took us through their journey on making gardening “cool” especially for young people in a short film.
Three WSG students recently graduated with their PhDs. Here are the abstracts:
Saravani Govender says the Defence and security management short course she recently completed will assist in peace enforcement and peacekeeping operations.
The prerequisite for successful African decolonisation is to put value on every individual African life.
Academics and youth from around South Africa contributed to a lively discussion on the country's economy and unemployment rates.
“Public governance matters and there is an imperative to improve it in South Africa," says Dr Jacqui Poltera, who recently joined the WSG.
The chilly weather has arrived, but with it comes some great news from the Wits School of Governance.
As the pressures on former President Jacob Zuma mount, two sets of important developments materialise.
Dinani Takalani Mabudafhasi believes if you want to better serve municipalities, then it is a good idea to learn about how they operate.
Column: Water problems are in large measure problems of people and organisation, not problems of engineering.
This working paper makes a case for rethinking the social contract concept in the contemporary era, in countries affected by conflict and/or fragility.
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The fashionable researcher hungry for knowledge
The Wits School of Governance (WSG) recognises the importance of short courses in improving practice within the public sectors in Africa.
Using law for social justice
The Wits School of Governance teamed up with the Gauteng Provincial Disaster Management Centre to explore disaster risk reduction.
A Nedlac team worked with WSG to understand the Budget speech better.
This speech was delivered at a Commerce, Law and Management Faculty graduation ceremony.
Will the new political dynamics of early 2018 still hold by the time South Africa gets to Election 2019, somewhere between April and June next year?
Times of political transition bring turmoil and uncertainty.
South Africa and the ANC have been plunged into a constitutional crisis in a standoff between the party’s new leader and South Africa's president.
Because water is shared by everyone, there have to be some rules to govern the way it is used.
Changing long-held beliefs, perceptions and values are not easy. Such change can either take place at the individual, community or societal level.
Recently, there have been calls from several African leaders to withdraw from the International Criminal Court.
What matters is that Cyril Ramaphosa is a politician and a negotiator. Nimble and tactically shrewd seem perhaps more useful labels than saint or sinner.
Patrick Bond, Distinguished Professor of Political Economy delivered his Inaugural Lecture.
Black economic empowerment policies have enriched a minority and failed to create growth.
How far South Africa has moved in altering the economic landscape is open to debate?
The WSG was part of a team that won a grant from the Global Challenges Research Fund.
The report explores civil society organisations’ judgements about the extent to which some African countries comply with signed governance commitments.
Nomfanelo Kota, a veteran government communicator, has extensive experience in media liaison and communications.
WSG lecturer, Odile Mackett, attended the Young African Leaders Initiative Regional Leadership programmes and shares her experience.
It is not true that corruption has no victims. Rather, it causes disastrously inefficient economic, social and political outcomes.
It’s remarkable how much of a shitstorm Twitter creates when in the hands of politicians – with serious costs for the rest of us.
Ahmed ‘Uncle Kathy’ Kathrada, an unassuming, quiet man who has left South Africans with a legacy that’s immediate, not historical.
Greater workplace democracy may make South Africa’s labour market more peaceful, productive and less racially charged, writes William Gumede.
William Gumede, Associate Professor at WSG, initially advised UNESCO to conceptualise the 2016 World Social Science Report.
Ephrem Gebre joined the WSG in 2016 as a Senior Monitoring and Evaluation Technical Specialist.
Sadly the top contender of the country's top position offers more of the same.
Could this resistance be mobilised into a global movement against Trump, perhaps drawing lessons from the victory against apartheid South Africa?
There was nothing radical or transformative in the medium-term budget announced by Finance Minister, Pravin Gordhan last month.
WSG and Wits Press are giving 100 free copies to current Wits students who cannot afford to purchase the book.
Donald Trump’s unexpected victory in the US presidential polls stunned many across the globe.
South Africa’s Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan delivered his medium-term budget with a lot more than balancing the books on his mind.
The polarising effects of #FeesMustFall are now pervasive in the academy, and probably beyond.
WSG is proud to announce that it has won the tender to provide certificate programmes to members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).
In a little-heralded move in 2015, the Nelson Mandela Foundation released a “position paper” on race and identity.
The old world as South Africa knew it, of ANC majorities and policy certainty, seems to be at an end – and all does not seem fine, within the ANC at least.
Dr Liv Tørres, Executive Director of Nobel Peace Center, has been appointed as a Visiting Adjunct Professor at WSG
We the South African voters have spoken in the local government election, and we said many different things.
For the first time in the country’s democratic era since 1994, the governing ANC has ceased being an untouchable liberation movement.
David Everatt says for the first time the question is being asked: Is the ANC going to lose (certain municipalities/metros)?
Foreign corporations are drawing away profits far faster than they are reinvesting or than local firms bring home offsetting profits from abroad.
Self-congratulatory rhetoric keeps springing from the lips of World Economic Forum elites – at the expense of reality.
Thabo Mbeki Foundation and Wits University have joined forces to address Africa’s biggest challenges.
A great deal of detail about poverty and inequality in South Africa remains unspoken.
Is South Africa finally maturing to the point that the economic - not just political - compromises of the 1990s democratic transition can be reconsidered?