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As Africa’s most diversified, developed and (until recently) largest economy, South Africa occupies a unique position in the international development debate. It is an active player in global governance and development fora, maintains an extensive development partnership with its region, and is a member of the BRICS Forum of emerging powers (along with Brazil, Russia, India and China).
On 23 May 2013, the Wits School of Governance (WSG), SAIIA, Anglo American Platinum, and Umalusi presented the findings of a recent research study conducted in Limpopo and North-West provinces on the impact of the multi-billion mining sector investments on education outcomes, particularly in the subjects of maths and sciences, critical to the skilled workforce required by the South African economy.
SAIIA Report No 16, May 2014 Download - English (2.21 MB)Development Effectiveness ProjectPlatinum mining is a major engine of South Africa’s economy, producing exports and generating employment for many South Africans. It is, however, highly dependent on skilled labour, engineers and technicians, who are drawn from the limited pool of graduates that are emerging from the weak South African schooling system. Public-private partnerships have been established in an attempt to address this gap.
The South African Institute of International Affairs and the South African Ministry of Finance invite you to a cocktail reception and discussion session on 'South Africa in the G-20 and the BRICS: In pursuit of development', with Mmakgoshi Phetla-Lekhete, Deputy Director General, National Treasury of South Africa.
If the European Union (EU) and the 'Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) can provide strong leadership in at least four key areas, EU companies can become better placed than their global peers to meet the stricter operation standards and developmental impact being demanded by communities and governments in Africa.
Just short of 18 months after South Africa’s Marikana tragedy of 16 August 2012, ascendant platinum belt union AMCU went on strike. The union represents about 70% of the workforce across three of South Africa’s largest platinum companies. Since its inception in January, the longest strike in South African history has cost the platinum sector over R17 billion in lost revenue.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 183, April 2014
SAIIA is pleased to announce that two new staff members have joined the Institute as part of a new project focusing on the links between heath and poverty in Southern Africa.
A fast-growing population and swift urbanisation rate is putting unprecedented pressure on Africa’s largest cities, most of them rundown by years of underinvestment and neglect. Housing an ever-increasing number of urban dwellers in this context has become a key challenge for most African governments.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 88, April 2014
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 86, April 2014
Held in Paris each May to coincide with the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, the OECD Forum is a major international stakeholder summit. In 2014, SAIIA is proud to be an official knowledge partner for the Forum.
SAIIA's East London Branch invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Mr. Gideon Sam, on “Twenty Years Later: The Development Needs of South Africa”.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 173, February 2014
The usual flurry of analyses has followed President Jacob Zuma’s annual state of the nation address. From a resource governance perspective, there are three things worth examining in further detail given the president’s off the cuff remarks during his address - to both the management of mines and the unions - that actions that damage the economy would not be tolerated.  
Recent years have witnessed the multiplication of energy-related events, policies and initiatives in South Africa. On the eve of the 6th Africa Energy Indaba (AEI) which takes place in Sandton, Johannesburg from 18 to 20 February 2014, this self-proclaimed ‘highest profile energy event’ on the continent seeks to bring together global and national energy stakeholders, government officials and business delegations to debate critical emerging issues for the sector.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 83, February 2014
SAIIA's Governance of Africa's Resources Programme (GARP) cordially invites you to the Indaba Roundtable on Resolving labour tensions in African mining on 3 February 2014 in Cape Town.
South Africans appear to have become accustomed to perpetual strike action, especially in the mining industry. It is an unhealthy sign of succumbing to the status quo, having relinquished faith that a solution is in fact possible.
SAIIA and Wits University Press cordially invite you to a discussion with Professor Adam Habib, noted political scientist and Vice Chancellor and Principal of Wits University.  He will speak about South Africa's foreign policy in relation to the National Development Plan and in the context of his recently published book, South Africa's Suspended Revolution: Hopes & Prospects.
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 153, September 2013
Mozambique is in a period of rapid transition. Since the end of civil war in 1992 sound governance, infrastructure investments and support from the donor community have helped to boost commerce and tourism. However, it is the recent discovery of significant reserves of gas and coal which has contributed most to Mozambique’s position as one of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world from 2001–10.
SAIIA Report No 13, August 2013 Download - English (1.63 MB) Governance of Africa's Resources ProgrammeMozambique is in a period of rapid transition. Since the end of civil war in 1992 sound governance, infrastructure investments and support from the donor community have helped to boost commerce and tourism. However, it is the recent discovery of significant reserves of gas and coal which has contributed most to Mozambique’s position as one of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world from 2001–10. Notwithstanding the high levels of investment and exceptional growth rates, the majority of Mozambicans remain highly dependent on natural ecosystems to…
The implementation of South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 is crucial. Without narrowing the huge gap between rich and poor, South Africa’s stability will be at risk as structural unemployment and inequality, already among the highest in the world, become a toxic mixture that could undo progress in Africa’s largest economy.