Articles by Jeremy Seekings

Who is responsible for government’s failure to deliver?

Food and social grant commitments have fallen woefully short

By Jeremy Seekings - 3 July 2020

Feeding poor people: The national government has failed

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

By Jeremy Seekings - 2 June 2020

SASSA’s big test: When will the emergency Covid-19 social grant be paid?

Many South Africans have no income

By Jeremy Seekings - 19 May 2020
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Covid-19 grant: We can learn from Namibia

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

By Jeremy Seekings, Lena Gronbach and Nicoli Nattrass - 29 April 2020
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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

By Jeremy Seekings - 23 April 2020
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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

By Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass - 18 February 2019
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Minimum wages: too high will hurt poor people

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

By Jeremy Seekings - 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

Rhodes and the politics of pain

A statue that appears to commemorate racism and imperialism occupies a uniquely privileged position on the university campus, causing evident pain to some students, professors and staff.

Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass - 31 March 2015

What is at issue in the minimum wage debate?

Wages should be regulated, but minimum wages should be set at levels that do not destroy jobs, write Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass.

Jeremy Seekings and Nicoli Nattrass - 27 November 2014

Inequality: Why Isaacs is half right and half wrong

Gilad Isaacs makes valid criticisms of Mike Schussler’s arguments on inequality, but he makes a number of mistakes of his own, writes Jeremy Seekings.

Jeremy Seekings - 30 July 2014