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pdf.png Who is getting fat in South Africa? Obesity trends and risk factors in the South African adult population 2015 HOT

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The Health Systems Trust investigates the growing problem of obesity in South Africa. Using data from the first three waves of the National Income Dynamic Study they analysed trends in obesity and related risk factors, with the aim of contributing to a better understanding of the current trends in obesity in the adult population of South Africa and its socioeconomic and behavioural determinants.



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pdf.png Towards a Social Cohesion Barometer for South Africa HOT

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This research paper builds upon a broader project (The South African Social Cohesion Barometer project) (Struwig, et. al., 2011) conducted by the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC).



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pdf.png Adapting the South African National Income Dynamics Study for use as a base micro-data set for SAMOD A Tax-benefit Micro-simulation Model 2011 HOT

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In this paper we present the main data issues that were confronted when the first wave of the National Income Dynamics Study (NIDS) 2008 was adapted for use as the micro-data underlying a recently developed static  tax-benefit micro-simulation model for South Africa (SAMOD). NIDS is the first national household panel survey in South Africa. SAMOD V1.1, which is based on the EUROMOD platform, was initially underpinned by a dataset derived primarily from the South African Income and Expenditure Survey 2000 but additionally drew on data from several other national surveys. As the NIDS questionnaire is more comprehensive in scope than the IES by, for example, containing questions about intra-household relationships - it is better suited for determining eligibility for some of the existing social assistance arrangements such as the child support grant.



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pdf.png The role of educational attainment and quality schooling in reducing racial earnings inequality 2011 HOT

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This brief is based on a working paper by Gideon du Rand, Hendrik van Broekhuizen and Dieter von Fintel, which uses the 2008 National Income Dynamics Survey (NIDS), containing detailed information about household welfare and individual labour market characteristics. Importantly, the survey captured the results of an optional numeracy test completed by a subset of respondents, as well as information on their schools’ historical Matric examination performance. The original paper can be found at: http://www.ekon.sun.ac.za/wpapers/2011



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pdf.png South African Municipalities and Mobility: Planning for the Transient and the Indigent 2011 HOT

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This paper draws on a broad range of data collected through surveys, participant observation, and interviews conducted between 2002 and 2010. It relies on research conducted during 2010 in four municipalities: the Merafong City Local Municipality, the Mossel Bay Local Municipality, the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality and the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality.



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pdf.png A diagnostic evaluation of poverty and relative deprivation at small area level for the Eastern Cape Province 2014 HOT

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This report presents a diagnostic evaluation of poverty and relative deprivation at small area level for the Eastern Cape province. The analysis uses the ward‐level South African Index of Multiple Deprivation 2011 (SAIMD 2011) which is supplemented with ward‐level income poverty data. The SAIMD 2011 profiles deprivation in relation to four ‘domains’ or dimensions of deprivation. The four domains relate to material deprivation, employment deprivation, education deprivation and living environment deprivation, and are combined with equal weights into an overall Index of Multiple Deprivation. This enables all wards of the Eastern Cape to be compared across the province, and for them to be set within the national context of all wards in South Africa.



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pdf.png The vital role of good school management in improving primary school outcomes (2) 2011

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It is popular to assume that poorer primary school learners struggle to perform due to their socio-economic status and the resultant lack of access to good school resources and teachers. Still, children in South African primary schools underperform compared to their counterparts in other Southern- and East African countries, in spite of benefiting from better access to resources, more qualified teachers and lower pupil-to-teacher ratios. Are there other factors at play, which preclude South African primary schools from making the best use of their resources? A recent paper looks at the performance of primary school learners in standardised literacy and numeracy tests. It concludes that although socio-economic status and access to good resources both play a role in educational outcomes, an improvement in either of those areas is meaningless If schools aren’t managed efficiently. This underlines the case for prioritising policies aimed at improving managerial practices in primary schools.



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pdf.png Disability Grant terminations and virologic and immunologic response to ARV treatment 2011 HOT

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In South Africa, persons too ill to work qualify for a disability grant (DG). The disability grant may have a disincentive effect, with ARV patients facing the dilemma of trading off the stable source of income in the form of the disability grant against their current and/or future health and adhering sub-optimally to treatment so as to not lose the grant. This paper employs longitudinal, panel data from two Free State cohorts of public sector ARV clients to determine how disability grant terminations may impact on virologic and immunologic treatment outcomes. Findings from the quantitative analyses suggest that the termination of access to a disability grant translates into poorer treatment outcomes, particularly in the first three months of ARV treatment. Social welfare officers and health care teams should therefore take particular care when deciding to refuse applications for social assistance early in the ARV treatment career.



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pdf.png Policy Engagement: Alleviating Binding Constraints to Quality Education for the Poor Using evidence-based prioritization to overcome the implementation challenge 2016 HOT

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Policy Engagement Plan presented at the PSPPD Grantee Policy Engagement Workshop 17 – 18 March 2016



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pdf.png Policy Engagement Plan: Food Choices and Body Mass Index (BMI) in Adults and Children 2016 HOT

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Policy Engagement Plan presented at the PSPPD Grantee Policy Engagement Workshop 17 – 18 March 2016



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