South Africa will formally adopt a national minimum wage of US$1.5 (ZAR20.00) per hour on Workers’ Day next year. There are questions as to whether this is enough to be termed a victory for the country’s working poor? If historical trends continue, our research shows that this might be beneficial for some workers. Others, especially those in small firms and rural areas, may not be so fortunate.read more
In a world that is consumed with a high sense of self and the paramount validity of one’s own feelings and desires, our concept of and openness to the existence of objective truth often becomes blurry. If emotions alone inform our decisions, instead of objective truths, the potential for irrational decisions follow. The potential outcome may be some form of destruction.read more
On 2 February 2016, we received notice from court (SCA) that our application to be joined as a party in the appeal matter had been granted. We were in! From the get go, the CFJ team worked for hours on end to prepare for this battle, knowing that this was a life-defining case in the history of our country.read more
On 6 December 2016 the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) unanimously overturned the judgment of the Pretoria High Court given in May 2015. Judge Hans Fabricius in May last year opened the door to legalised euthanasia and physician assistance in the commission of suicide.read more
Today we celebrate the International Day of Democracy.
Democracy is as much a process as a goal and this year, South Africa celebrates 22 years of democracy. In 1996, two years after our country’s first democratic elections and after much debate and public consultation, our Constitution was promulgated.read more
Approximately 3.7 million South African children are partially orphaned (having lost either a mother or a father) or doubly orphaned. Of the 1.8 million children in need of adoption, only a small fraction is placed with adoptive families.
Put this in perspective: in 2013, only 1 669 children were adopted and in 2014, the number dropped to 1 448. Figures have roughly halved since 2004 (when 2 840 adoptions took place).read more