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Urban management in the 21st century: Ten insights from Professor Ed Glaeser

June 25, 2019

Cities play a vital role in growth and development. Leading global economist, Professor Ed Glaeser summarises the top ten insights into managing cities.

Cities are powerful vehicles for prosperity because they bring people together in dense clusters. This allows people to more productively and efficiently share ideas, trade and innovate.

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Viewpoints | What to do about Eskom

June 06th, 2019

The latest edition of VIEWPOINTS looks at What do to about Eskom. Dirk de Vos, founder and director of corporate finance and advisory firm, QED Solutions, looks ahead to Eskom’s unbundling into three subsidiaries, government’s strategy to save the crisis-riven, state-owned electricity utility.

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Agenda 2019: Business and development 

April 25th 2019

Business And Development deals with the parties’ attitudes to business, and suggests that voters think about whether and to what extent the parties competing for their vote understand the role of business in driving development, and whether they have a plan for working with business to accelerate economic and employment growth.

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News and Opinion

SONA was a missed opportunity  

June 21st, 2019

Speaking on eNCA, CDE’s Ann Bernstein says President Cyril Ramaphosa’s State of the Nation Address was a missed opportunity to help the country get the growth and investment needed.

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South Africa’s high unemployment rate

June 20th, 2019

Speaking on 702, CDE’s Ann Bernstein argues that South Africa is battling high unemployment because of government’s high-skilled, capital intensive approach to growth.

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No country for young people  

June 16th, 2019
By Ann Bernstein

Companies are the most sustainable projects for creating mass employment, and the only way to help them prosper is to foster a climate in which entrepreneurs are willing to take risks in anticipation of reasonable rewards. 

South Africa may have a public holiday dedicated to honouring young people and their contribution to our country, but in most of the ways that matter, this is no country for young people.

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The role of the state in development: Public lecture by Professor Francis Fukuyama

March 28, 2019

On March 28 2019, one of the world’s most influential political philosophers, Professor Fukuyama gave a public lecture on the role of the state in development at Wits Business School.

Watch the live stream of the lecture.

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CDE and eNCA Elections Debate

January 30th, 2019

In the run up to May’s election, political parties need to offer the electorate real solutions to our country’s biggest challenges. CDE and eNCA invite you to an elections debate on urban led growth. In this one hour programme CDE’s executive director, Ann Bernstein, will outline the potential of cities and propose policy reforms that could generate much more growth and inclusion.

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