Economic Performance and Development

Unpacking the true potential of Limpopo's tourism industry

A new study has found that tourism in Limpopo contributes significantly to the national and provincial economies of South Africa, with more than 5% to Limpopo’s economy and 3% to the national economy. Selma Karuaihe, Nthabiseng Tsoanamatsie, Lebogang Mashile and Maria Molokomme relate the key findings.

Two junior researchers attend Sino-Africa rural development cooperation event

Two HSRC junior researchers, Kgabo Ramoroka and Alexandra Mhula-Links, participated in an international conference on agriculture and rural development in Nanjing, China from 21-28 September 2014. Alex and Kgabo presented papers based on new findings from the Rural Innovation Assessment Toolbox (RIAT) project.

HSRC's leading rural development researcher trains parliamentarians

Economic Performance and Development’s Dr Peter Jacobs recently contributed to a parliamentary initiative to capacitate members of the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Land, Agriculture, Water and Rural Development. During a two-day policy training programme for Members of Parliament on 25 and 26 September 2014, Dr Jacobs presented on the challenges and opportunities of rural development in South Africa after 20 years of democracy.

ASSAf inaugurates Prof. Ivan Turok among SA's top scholars

Prof. Ivan Turok, acting Executive Director (Economic Performance and Development) at the HSRC, was among 23 new members inaugurated by the Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) as one of the country's top scholars earlier this week.

Medellin: from violent city to one of innovation and social cohesion

A city that has cut its murder rate ten-fold over the last 20 years and was lauded as the most innovative in the world in 2013 is worth taking seriously, writes IvanTurok. The World Urban Forum held in Medellin, Colombia, in April left an indelible impression on the 20 000 delegates who attended.

Innovation as a rural development catalyst

Slightly more than 30% of South Africa’s population resides in rural areas, which are characterised by inadequate basic services such as water, sanitation, and health and education facilities, as well as a lack of employment opportunities. More than two-thirds of the country’s rural people are poor. Raising rural living standards is therefore a top priority on the government’s agenda, as articulated in Chapter 6 of the National Development Plan.

EPD Masters intern acknowledged as leader of her generation and country

18 February 2014  | Economic Performance and Development

Makale Ngwenya, an intern in the HSRC’s Economic Performance and Development Research Programme, has been selected by One Young World as a suitable representative for the One Young World Summit in Dublin, Ireland, 15 - 19 October 2014.  Makale was selected on the basis of her capacity for leadership, concern about global issues, ability to generate and articulate impactful ideas, teamwork and evidenced commitment to volunteering and other extracurricular activities.

Flagship journal delivers integrated analysis of cities and regions

The HSRC's Professor Ivan Turok, of the Economic Performance and Development unit has been appointed editor in chief of the journal Regional Studies. This journal performs a unique role in the integrated analysis of cities and regions, reflected in its growing popularity and status as the flagship journal for people studying regions.

Action plans to address household food and nutrition security

12 November 2013  | Economic Performance and Development


The National Development Agency (NDA) hosted a symposium on food security in South Africa in partnership with the Economic Performance and Development (EPD) unit of the HSRC and the College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at the University of South Africa (UNISA) on 30 October 2013.

The main purpose of the food security symposium was to solicit ideas and technical expertise from thought leaders in this area to participate in the food security debate aimed at informing national policies and strategies on how to improve food security conditions for poor households and communities in South Africa.

Relevance and possibility of attaining the MDGs by 2015 in SA

This policy brief, on the relevance and possibility of attaining the Millennium Development Goals by 2015, is based on studies carried out by a number of national departments and international organisations. Key among them is a recent study that explores the economic impact of different options for creating and using fiscal space1 to attain outstanding Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) (Chitiga et al. 2011). In this exercise, which made use of a Computable General Equilibrium (CGE) model, fiscal space was simulated by mobilising additional revenue (resources) through increased domestic revenue, and a number of possible scenarios were drawn up and analysed.

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