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SAIIA Policy Briefing 66, May 2013
The South African Institute of International Affairs hosts a Speaker’s Meeting addressed by Dr Stephan Klingebiel from the  Department of Bi- and Multilateral Development Cooperation of the German Development Institute (DIE) on 'European Report on Development 2013*: Post-2015 – Global Action for an Inclusive and Sustainable Future' The ERD 2013 focuses on how global collective action can best support the efforts of developing countries in achieving development. Based on an assessment of the MDG experience and on an analysis of the changing international context and likely trends for the next 20-30 years, the ERD 2013 attempts to identify key potential…
Held in Paris each May to coincide with the annual OECD Ministerial Council Meeting, the OECD Forum has emerged as a major international stakeholder summit. Leaders from all sectors of civil society gather to debate the most pressing social and economic challenges confronting society. Since its creation in 2000, more than 15,000 people have already exchanged ideas and experiences. In 2013, SAIIA is an official knowledge partner for the Forum. SAIIA's Senior Research Fellow, Peter Draper, will participate in a high level panel entitled, 'Beyond Resources'. The panel also inlcudes Erik Solheim, the former Minister of the Environmental and International Development…
When Mozambique’s ruling party, Frente de Libertação de Mozambique (Frelimo) announced the unanimous re-election of President Armando Guebuza as party president for a third term in October last year, the news was met with wide-spread surprise. This was because the Mozambican constitution sets a two term limit on the presidential office and the party head has traditionally also been the head of state.
On 25 February 2013 Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu announced that the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) had acceded to the Platinum Sector Peace and Stability Accord, an agreement signed the previous week between government, mining houses and labour aimed at bringing an end to the turmoil in South Africa’s platinum sector. With all major stakeholders now signatory to the agreement, is this the beginning of a return to normality in the platinum sector?
On Sunday 16 December 2012 the African National Congress (ANC), South Africa’s governing party, will descend on Mangaung to begin its 53rd National Elective Conference. Much of the discourse in the run-up to the anticipated meeting has centred on South Africa’s political economy and what, if anything, the conference can do to address the political quagmire, economic malaise and social instability now besetting the country.
South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a Roundtable Event on 'South Africa: Development Partner and Global Player' Date: 26 November 2012 Time: 08h30 – 13h30 (followed by luncheon) Venue: Villa Sterne, 212 Johann Rissik Drive, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria
In August, economist Chris Hart made headlines by classifying South Africa’s unemployment levels as “exceptional”. As reported in this paper, he compared the unemployment situation here to the employment success story of Brazil, and counseled that taxation policies, not labour laws, were to blame for our persistent unemployment problem.
Minerals as a catalyst for growth and development was the key focus of the Eighth African Development Forum, 23-25 October 2012. Under the title 'Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development', the meeting sought to highlight the role that Africa’s natural resources can play in the continent’s economic transformation and socio-economic development.
The African Development Forum (ADF) is a biennial event hosted by the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) in collaboration with the AU Commission, the African Development Bank, and other partners. The theme of the eighth ADF, concluded recently in Addis Ababa on 23-25 October 2012, was “Governing and Harnessing Natural Resources for Africa’s Development.” The forum focussed on key natural resource sectors on the continent, namely mining, forestry, fisheries and land.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 58, October 2012
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 56, September 2012
The Department of Mineral Resources recently lifted the moratorium on shale gas exploration in the Karoo. According to the US Energy Information Administration, this area potentially holds 485 trillion cubic feet of shale gas.
Rapid economic growth in South Africa must be accompanied by policies to boost job creation and training opportunities, particularly among youths, according to a report launched today.
In 2011 Parliament’s mineral resources committee conducted public hearings on the amendment of the Broad Based Socio Economic Empowerment Charter for the South African Mining Industry, namely the Amended Mining Charter of 2010. This occurred against the backdrop of negative press surrounding the mineral licensing process, managed by the Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) and the ongoing debate surrounding the nationalisation of South Africa’s mines.
Launched this month, "Community of Practice" is a new blog with fresh insight on Africa-related research. This blog gives individuals an online space to converge and take part in discussions with others around the world who are committed to improving Africa.
The South African Institute of International Affairs, Eastern Cape Branch, invites you to a public seminar to be addressed by Dr. Martin Zimmermann, President and CEO Mercedes-Benz South Africa, on "Smarter is better than Bigger: Economic Growth VS Sustainable Development."
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 114, March 2012
Artisanal and small-scale mining (ASM) is a thorny issue for both governments and large scale mining (LSM) companies. Often operating in remote, unregulated and environmentally sensitive areas, difficult to tax and posing a security challenge on the verges of LSM mine sites, ASM miners are generally discussed at major mining forums as a challenge to be managed, if indeed they form part of the discussion at all. The 2012 "Investing in Africa Mining Indaba", however, revealed a greater urgency among both government and corporate delegates to address ASM mining.
How can Africa extract lasting dividends from the growing global commercial engagement in its mineral and oil resources? The marketing pitch of the 2012 "Investing in Africa Mining Indaba" that took place in Cape Town (from 6 to 9 February) is that it is the biggest and most significant annual event on the African mining industry's calendar. This claim seemed compelling judging by the packed programme, thousands of participants, hundreds of exhibitors, and the wide array of ministerial and company presentations that flooded the Cape Town International Convention Centre. But in the aftermath of the Indaba it is useful to…
SAIIA’s National Council met at Jan Smuts House on 29 February 2012. This is the statement delivered by SAIIA's National Chairman, Fred Phaswana. When we met eleven months ago, the northern rim of the African continent was entering a period of instability and change, dubbed the Arab Spring. While there is always the inclination encouraged by the media to see these developments as short-term events, the reality has proved once again that they formed part of processes of change that have still not run their full course. In fact, instability spread beyond Africa into the rest of the Arab world…
The 4th High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness held in Busan, Korea, in late November 2011, like the COP 17 conference in Durban, is yet another marker of the shifting fortunes of relations between so-called traditional donors, emerging powers and Africa. Coming against the backdrop of the decade-long trend away from financial transfers of donor aid to investment in developing countries and, concurrently, the emergence of China as the continent's top trading partner and a key provider of loans to Africa, the Forum was ripe with possibility of change.
The South African Development Partnership Agency (SADPA) will be set up by April 2012, according to a recent briefing to Parliament by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO). SADPA will serve to deepen South Africa’s foreign policy impact and influence through coordinated development initiatives on the African continent. DIRCO also argued that SADPA will enable South Africa to introduce innovative new approaches to development co-operation in Africa.  
To highlight the dilemma of refugees globally, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), Lawyers for Human Rights and the Royal Norwegian Embassy of South Africa held the annual Nansen Lecture, entitled “Migration in Africa, An Enduring Phenomenon?” at the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA). This year’s lecture was part of a series held in international centres, including Washington D.C., New York, Addis Ababa, and Geneva.Venue: Jan Smuts House
Walmart’s investment in South Africa has accounted for numerous headlines during the past months. However, one of the less reported stories is how the company’s sustainable seafood policies are contributing to employment in South Africa by sustainably exploiting South Africa’s fish resources. In July 2011, Lonrho, announced that its South African headquartered seafood division, Oceanfresh, would be supplying hake fillets to 500 Walmart stores in the United States by October 2011. The agreement is expected to create over 100 direct jobs and many more indirect jobs in South Africa as Oceanfresh expands its production capabilities to meet the new orders.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 34, July 2011
You are cordially invited to a G-20 Study Group Meeting: 'Reviewing the G20’s Development and Financial Inclusion Agendas,' organised by the South African Institute of International Affairs; the International Development Law Unit in the Centre for Human Rights at the University of Pretoria; and Oxfam.