New Agenda: South African Journal of Social and Economic Policy 2021-01-20T08:23:42+00:00 Professor Ben Turok Open Journal Systems <p>This is a policy journal analyzing social and economic issues in South Africa. We publish infomed articles by experts and decision makers. These articles are accessible to the ordinary reader.</p><p>Other website associated with this journal: <a title="" href="" target="_blank"></a></p> Meet our new Director 2021-01-20T05:54:20+00:00 Professor Ben Turok <p>The Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA) is delighted to welcome Zunaid Moolla as our new Director, replacing the late Professor Ben Turok who passed away in December 2019. Zunaid is already a member of the IFAA family; except for a brief spell from April last year to now, having served as the Deputy Editor of New Agenda magazine since the beginning of 2017</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) A tale of two covers 2021-01-20T06:18:15+00:00 Dr Martin Nicol <p>In early 2018, Ben Turok reflected in his New Agenda editorial comment on the outcomes of the ANC leadership contest and the election to top positions of “some people who clearly do not represent the interests of the mass of the people”.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Former President Motlanthe speaks the truth – to us, and to power 2021-01-20T06:20:25+00:00 Professor Ben Turok <p>State corruption has reached new heights – or rather depths – with the criminal abuse of funds meant for those worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic, South Africa’ poorest and most vulnerable and those who risked their lives on the frontline. Decent people in our country are in disbelief and despair. President Cyril Ramaphosa has called in the Hawks and some individuals have been marched off in handcuffs. So what is the state of criminality and corruption now, and do we dare to hope?</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Stop the rot! 2021-01-20T06:22:16+00:00 Rev Frank Chikane <p>A paragraph cannot do justice to the biography of the Reverend Frank Chikane who has played many roles in the struggle for democracy. Outspoken ANC stalwart known for speaking out against corruption in the party, he has served as Director General in the Office of the President under Thabo Mbeki, General Secretary of the South African Council of Churches, moderator in the World Council of Churches, international president of the Apostolic Faith Mission and until recently pastor of its Naledi church in Soweto. Chikane was prominent in the United Democratic Front and constantly harassed by the apartheid security establishment, which tried to poison him. The author of many books and winner of many awards and internal accolades, his name is synonymous with the struggle against Apartheid.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) New Agenda asks COSATU: What is the state of our nation? 2021-01-20T06:26:58+00:00 Professor Ben Turko <p>Ben Turok wrote in New Agenda five years ago: “Economic crime is at a ‘pandemic level’ in South Africa … asset misappropriation … procurement fraud … bribery and corruption … As much as we applaud the anti-corruption stance of Pravin Gordhan, our brave minister of finance, we seem to be running up an escalator that is quickly moving down – a modern version of Sisyphus.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) South Africa desperately needs Basic Income Support, now more than ever before 2021-01-20T06:29:15+00:00 Engenas Senona <p>Engenas Senona has a background in economics and has been active in the sphere of social protection for the past 12 years, focusing on social grants and Early Childhood Development. He was previously employed by the Department of Social Development and international agencies including the United Nations World Food Programme, Save the Children (South Africa) and UNICEF. He is an independent research consultant and the author of the report, Basic Income Support: A Case for South Africa, which was published by the Black Sash in July 2020. The report can be viewed at; mages/campaigns/basicincomesupport/BasicIncomeSupport2020.pdf</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) “Get money – honestly if you can – but get money”: a bicentenary tribute to the British settlers of 1820 2021-01-20T06:31:09+00:00 Prof Jeff Peires <p>The author is Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Fort Hare in Alice. A renowned historian, he once served as head of the Cory Library in Grahamstown/ Makhanda. He graduated with a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Navigating a minefield to assert agency 2021-01-20T06:33:11+00:00 Zenzile Khoisan <p>Chief! Garu Zenzile Khoisan, leader of the Gorinhaiqua Cultural Council, is also a journalist, poet and cultural activist. He is a leading figure in the First Nations Collective which represents the Gorinhaiqua, Gorachouqua, Cochoqua, the Griqua Royal Council, the San Traditional Royal House and the National Khoi and San Council.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Parliament and the Auditor General: The accountability gap and what can be done about it? 2021-01-20T07:31:40+00:00 Martin Nicol Bruce Kadalie Moira Levy <p>Dr Nicol is consulting as the senior researcher on this project. Also participating in the Checks and Balances Project are staff members of the Institute for African Alternatives (IFAA), Bruce Kadalie, who is responsible for IFAA’s events and research, and Moira Levy, production manager of New Agenda.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Reflections on ‘the Zimbabwe crises: Towards a Just Economic Recovery’ 2021-01-20T07:59:35+00:00 Dr Hibist Wendemu Kassa <p>Dr Hibist Kassa is a Senior Researcher at IFAA. She is also a Research Associate at the Centre for African Studies and Chair in Land and Democracy in South Africa at the University of Cape Town. In 2019, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Southern Centre for Inequality Studies. In the same year, she was awarded a doctorate in Sociology from the University of Johannesburg. Her doctoral dissertation is being turned into a monograph for Brill in its New Scholarship in Political Economy Series. The themes her work covers include land, the state, social reproduction, social differentiation, citizenship, evolution of local capital and the political economy of natural resources.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) The solidarity economy can free workers to take command of their lives 2021-01-20T08:01:24+00:00 Dr Ibrahim Steyn <p>The writer is a postdoctoral fellow with the Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET)-National Research Foundation (NRF) South African Research Chairs Initiative (SARChI): Community, Adult and Workers’ Education, at the University of Johannesburg. His research focuses on social movements, structural racism, racial capitalism, and the solidarity economy. He is currently writing a book on social movements in post-apartheid South Africa.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Setbacks and partial victories for community health workers 2021-01-20T08:03:19+00:00 Dr Mondli Hlatshwayo <p>Mondli Hlatshwayo is Senior Researcher at the Centre for Education Rights and Transformation, University of Johannesburg. He was awarded the 2018 Ruth First prize for an article in the Review of African Political Economy on the struggles of community health workers and specifically the organisational responses of community health workers.</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c) Book review: Inequality Studies from the Global South 2021-01-20T08:08:19+00:00 David Francis Edward Webster Imraan Valodia <p>No Abstract</p> 2021-01-20T00:00:00+00:00 Copyright (c)