Articles by Jeremy Seekings

Covid-19 vaccines: Current challenge is not supply but using the available vaccines

The government’s plan requires vaccinating one million people per week, but it has only fully vaccinated 1.4 million people in nine weeks.

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22 July 2021

We shouldn’t shift vaccines away from the elderly

Less than 40% of people over 60 have been vaccinated

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30 June 2021

Why is the government in such a muddle over vaccination?

Decisions are chaotic and lack transparency

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17 June 2021

South Africa’s vaccine rollout can succeed

But it will require leadership and tough negotiations with drug companies

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14 June 2021

Can the vaccine rollout be sped up?

There are several bottlenecks that need to be fixed

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7 June 2021

South Africa’s vaccine rollout needs a boost

The number of vaccinations is far below the number of vaccine doses in the country. The available vaccines need to be used urgently.

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27 May 2021

Who is responsible for government’s failure to deliver?

Food and social grant commitments have fallen woefully short

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3 July 2020

Feeding poor people: The national government has failed

But civil society, provincial and local governments have tried to fill the gap

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2 June 2020

Covid-19 grant: We can learn from Namibia

Emergency grant was paid out to hundreds of thousands within three weeks

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29 April 2020

Covid-19: Ramaphosa’s plan is good, but the budget is insufficient

An in-depth analysis of the social grants component of the relief package

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23 April 2020

South Africa’s failure to create manufacturing jobs

To reduce unemployment South Africa needs to prioritise labour-intensive work instead of higher wages, write professors Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass

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18 February 2019

Minimum wages: too high will hurt poor people

At Cosatu's demand of R4,500 per month, we risk increasing unemployment

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15 February 2016

National minimum wage part three: the options

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting a social dialogue between business, labour and other constituencies over setting a national minimum wage (NMW). This is the final installment of a three part series by two University of Cape Town professors.

Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings

26 November 2015

National minimum wage part two: What will happen to jobs?

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting a social dialogue between business, labour and other constituencies over setting a national minimum wage (NMW). This is the second of a three part series by two University of Cape Town professors. Part one looked at South African minimum wage-setting in comparative context. Here they discuss the relationship between minimum wages and employment.

Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings

25 November 2015

National minimum wage part one: Comparing South Africa to other countries

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is hosting a social dialogue between business, labour and other constituencies over setting a national minimum wage (NMW). Minimum wages currently vary from sector to sector. A NMW would set a national wage floor applying to all workers irrespective of existing collective agreements and sectoral wage determinations. What level should the NMW be? This is the first of a three part series by two University of Cape Town professors.

Nicoli Nattrass and Jeremy Seekings

24 November 2015