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SAIIA Policy Briefing No 33, July 2011
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 34, July 2011
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 86, June 2011
As published in The Star, 28 June 2011 Barring war, natural disaster, or revolution in a country, few events can have such a dramatic impact on the life of a nation as secession. In a state-centric world where territorial boundaries mark the outer limit of sovereign political power, secession affects all facets of political, economic and social existence. While Southern Sudan gears up for its long awaited independence celebrations, tensions along the north-south border, and unresolved questions regarding post-independence management of citizenship and the oil industry are raising concerns.
As published by The Times on 1 June 2011 In March, Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu committed herself to reaching a decision on the disputed Eastern Cape Xolobeni mineral sands mining project by April 25. The dispute began in 2008, when the Amadiba community contested the government's decision to award mineral rights in the area.  It is now more than a month after the date committed to and there is still no word from the minister or her department on the issue. Of even greater concern is that calls by a departmental team for further consultation appear to have gone…
June 8th is World Oceans Day, an opportunity to reflect on the condition of the world’s oceans and our broader relationship with the environment. Across many fronts the news is not good. Yet in certain cases governments, NGOs and resource users have come together to form effective partnerships, proving that oceans can bounce back if given an opportunity.
Kanayo F. Nwanze, President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development cordially invites you to a discussion forum on “New challenges, new opportunities: African agriculture in the 21st century”. Date: Tuesday, 3 May 2011Time: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.Venue: The Cape Sun, Cape Town
Following the successful launch of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Research Network (GARN) in Accra in January 2010, we are planning to hold a 2nd workshop for the network, titled ‘Growing Natural Resource Governance research and policy in Africa’. This two-day event will be held in Cape Town, from 16-17 March 2011. It will include the research institutions currently participating in GARN, as well as several partner institutions. Invitation to attend the 2nd workshop of the Governance of Africa’s Resources Research Network (GARN) in Cape Town, 16 – 17 March 2011
On 2 March 2011, the Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI) convened its fifth global conference in Paris, France. South Africa was represented at the conference by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, who chaired one of the key panels. Is this perhaps an indication that South Africa is reconsidering its participation in the EITI?
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 29, March 2011
As a new wave of democratisation breaks on Africa’s northern shores, the common goals of the Maghreb’s people are hitting up against starkly different types of state. The situation in Libya is different from Egypt and Tunisia is two respects. First, is the ruthless personality of Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi.
Thursday, 17 February 2011

A Tale of Two Indabas

As publised on (The Times) on 14 February 2011 The Investing in Africa Mining Indaba, which took place this year from 7-10 February, has been going from strength to strength, with more than 4,000 individuals representing more than 800 international companies attending the event. Conspicuously absent from the main event, however, were NGOs and community organizations. The R10 000 registration fee ensured that only the largest international NGOs could attend the first two days of the conference to follow discussions and presentations from mining companies and investment-hungry governments.
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 27, February 2011
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 28, February 2011
As published in the Mail & Guardian, 11 February 2011 DRC President Joseph Kabila’s decree confirming rights to Lake Albert’s oil block 1 and 2 to companies part owned by Khulubuse Zuma embroiled the South African president’s nephew in a legal dispute with a leading oil company operating in Africa, Tullow Oil. Important questions for South Africans to ponder are, what benefit this kind of investment brings to our shores and whether other SA investments in the DRC, such as gold mining, are undermined by this way of doing business?
As published in The New Age, 7 February 2011 In the run-up to Uganda’s presidential and parliamentary elections – due to start on 12 February – political party promises ring familiar: economic growth and stability through increased production, universal primary education and improved infrastructure. As the campaigning mercury rises, the already marginalised environmental sector slips even lower on politicians’ agenda. Politicians might consider the environment a “soft” issue, yet for the 88% of Ugandans who live in rural areas and who depend directly on the environment and natural resources for their livelihoods, Uganda’s environmental crisis is of paramount concern.
The New Age, 24 January 2011 On December 22 the UN Security Council agreed to a request by the African Union Commission to expand the existing Amisom (African Union Mission in Somalia) force in Somalia from 8000 to 12000 troops.
A Roundtable Seminar Report: Governance of Africa’s Resources Programme (GARP) Thursday, 13 January 2011, 9:30am-2:00pm Jan Smuts House, University of the Witwatersrand Johannesburg
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a seminar organised by the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme ‘Can Sudan's resources be shared? Implications of the Southern Sudan referendum’Venue: Jan Smuts House
Next month Ugandans will go to the polls for presidential and parliamentary elections. It is an interesting time for a changing of the guard in Parliament, as Uganda will soon be the latest oil-producing country on the continent. Tullow Oil Plc, the London-based company leading oil development in the country, recently increased its figures for proven reserves to 1 billion barrels, representing billions of dollars in potential government revenue.  Already there are concerns over a lack of transparency and government accountability related to oil agreements and revenues. What role is Parliament expected to play in holding the Executive to account…
SAIIA Policy Briefing No 26, December 2010
The Chairman of the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, Dr Peter Eigen and the National Director of the South African Institute of International Affairs have great pleasure in inviting you and your Committee to participate in a high-level, half day workshop forum on South Africa and the EITI on Monday 25 October 2010.
South African Institute of International Affairs and the Konrad Adenauer Foundation cordially invite you to a workshop on ‘Africa and the Geopolitics of India's Energy Security’ to be held in Johannesburg 5 October 2010 and Cape Town on 6 October 2010. India has one of the world's fastest growing economies, coupled with an increasing demand for energy. It is the world's fifth largest energy consumer and should move to third place by 2030. Yet, India has insufficient energy resources to meet its rapidly expanding economic growth requirements. Africa, with its abundant natural resources, is an obvious region of interest.
Wednesday, 29 September 2010

Is Nationalisation the Answer?

Cuba and its revolution have long been emotional reference points for revolutionary cadres in South Africa. This sentimental attachment relates to, among others, its support for the ANC alliance during the liberation struggle and more specifically its role in Angola, which brought Cuban troops into direct confrontation with the South African Defence Force before the peace agreement of 1989.
The South African Institute of International Affairs cordially invites you to a seminar organised by the Governance of Africa's Resources Programme on “From Global Energy Dependence to Local Economic Independence” Date:        21 September 2010 Time:       08h30 (Registration), for 09h15 Venue:     Jan Smuts House, East Campus, University of the Witwatersrand RSVP:      Nosiphiwo Msitweni, by 15 September 2010  Tel:          021 422 0717 Email:
Climate change mitigation is a difficult process for developing nations because immediate and urgent developmental concerns, such as poverty eradication and economic growth, often appear to be at odds with long-term climate concerns.
SAIIA Policy Briefing, No 19, July 2010
As published in The Thinker, Volume 17, 2010 In order to come up with imaginative solutions to the myriad systemic, institutional, economic, social and political challenges that plague the extractive industries in Africa, it is necessary to compare experiences between African countries. Through such comparisons lessons can be learnt on how to reach the goal of making the future a slightly better place for Africa’s inhabitants.