Supporting Economic Policies towards Inclusive Growth and Higher Levels of Employment

The Employment Equity Act require all designated employers to submit an employment equity report to the Department of Labour annually using the EEA2 form.  As per regulation 10(11) of the Act, the EEA2 is a public document that can be made available on request.  The dataset includes up-to-date employment data, broken down by sector, level of skill, gender and population group.  The Department of Labour’s Employment Equity data is a rich source of data that could enable researchers and journalists to explore labour market trends and employment equity at a firm level.  71point4, a strategic research consultancy, have instituted application proceedings in the High Court against the Department of Labour seeking access to the EEA2 documents as per PAIA.  In addition, 71point4 plans to analyse and disseminate the data.  For more information refer to https://www.71point4.com/.

IRR is an advocacy organisation that fights for the right to make decisions about life, family, and business, free from unnecessary government, political, and bureaucratic interference.  IRR is in favour of classical liberalism - an effective way to defeat poverty and tyranny through a system of limited government, a market economy, private enterprise, freedom of speech, individual liberty, property rights, and the rule of law.  IRR focus areas are  (a) property rights for all,  (b) rule of law,  (c) real economic empowerment,  (d) tax justice,  (e) free thought and speech,  (f) accountable politics,  (g) choice driven health care, policing and education policy,  (h) reconciliation and social justice and (i) a small and effective government.  For more information refer to https://irr.org.za/.

The Karoo Development Foundation was established in 2009 with the overarching goal of promoting sustainable development in the Karoo - a vast, rural and arid region, divided into four provinces. The KDF has promoted a regional approach to promote the development of the Karoo, arguing that ecological regions create economically meaningful spatial units. The KDF recognises that besides agriculture and the various renewable energy projects, tourism could be an important driver for growth in the Karoo. For more information refer to https://karoofoundation.co.za/.

The doctoral programme of the Graduate School of Economic and Management Sciences at Stellenbosch University selects ten new doctoral students every year from applications across Africa and beyond and provide the support needed to complete their PhD’s in three years.  The knowledge generated in the process has the potential to stimulate innovations and economic growth in Africa, and it provides the next generation of academics and leaders in the public and private sector in Africa. For more information refer to http://www.sun.ac.za/english/faculty/economy/gem/.

BER is a research centre at Stellenbosch University and formally linked to the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences.  The main goal of the BER is to independently generate, analyse and disseminate authoritative and policy relevant information on the South African economy in a user-friendly manner.  The BER’s existing business model relies on a revenue stream from clients subscribing to the range of data products and analyses offered by the BER, sponsorships of various indices and commissioned research work.  As a result, the BER’s capacity to engage with policy makers, businesses and the pubic, is constrained as all staff time and resources are focused largely on commercially viable activities.  The resources distributed by the distribution from Millennium Trust materially assist the BER to unlock the potential to make a more substantive contribution to sound economic-policy processes and dialogue, and business performance, by focussing on strategies and plans for economic growth and higher levels of employment.  For more information refer to https://www.ber.ac.za/.

CDE is an independent policy analysis and advocacy organisation, is South Africa’s leading development think tank.  Since its establishment in 1995, CDE has been gathering evidence, consulting widely, and generating innovative policy recommendations on issues critical to economic growth and democratic consolidation.  CDE has a special focus on the role of business and markets in development.

CDE is widely recognised for the practical policy recommendations they formulate and share, outlining ways in which South Africa can tackle major social and economic challenges.  CDE is also recognised for our role in convening robust roundtable discussions which deal with the tough issues facing South Africans across a range of traditional political and social divides and which look for common ground.  CDE focus on policy areas critical for inclusive economic growth: investment and jobs, youth unemployment, business and markets, education and skills, cities, migration, land reform and strengthening democracy.  For more information refer to https://www.cde.org.za/.