Industrial Policy

Land reform: the case for RIA?

Agriculture is critical to achieving a number of government priorities including food security, rural development, employment creation, and poverty alleviation. The land reform programme is central to the long-term success of the agricultural sector. Two main policies proposals by the government are currently in the spotlight: the final proposal on Strengthening the Relative Rights of People Working the Land; and the Regulation of Land Holding Bill. These bills seem to be a departure from the land reform model outlined in the NDP, which had significant buy-in from stakeholders. The current proposals have therefore contributed to significant policy uncertainty. There is a need for rigorous and robust evaluation of these policies to ensure sustainable regulatory outcomes.

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Export diversification in South Africa

The National Industrial Policy Action Plans (IPAP) released in 2007, 2011, 2012 and 2013 serve to identify and develop the sectors that South Africa should focus on in achieving faster growth and employment. The choice of these sectors in the various IPAP reports is not based on any substantive analysis as to where South Africa’s export potential lies. The ‘product space’ is an easy to use and comprehend analytical instrument which could be used to fill this gap.This blog serves to illustrate how this technique works and what it reveals.

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Grappling with the revised BBBEE codes of good practice

On 5 October 2012 the Minister of Trade and Industry issued revised Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment Codes of Good Practice for public comment. Much has been written on the impact of these codes for charities and the DTI has already responded on this specific issue. But these revisions could have much wider economic effects and these too need to be understood before these changes are implemented. DNA Economics has identified some potential challenges with the revised codes and has written to the Minister in this regard.

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Lights out!

(and previously published as part of their Geekonomics column in the Business Day)
Rolling blackouts and electricity rationing have had a widespread and serious impact. The media are not immune. As part of Business Days’s commitment to cut energy usage by 20 percent, one in every five columnists is to be cut. The Geeks, as major emitters of hot air, have voluntarily agreed to withdraw this column and this will be out last regular contribution to ‘The Exporter’ supplement. As the crisis eases and our own energy levels return, we hope to provide further occasional commentary. We are betting that there will be no shortage of good material.

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