Gerbrandt van Heerden

Gerbrandt is the Deputy Head of Research for the Centre For Risk Analysis (CRA). His responsibilities include writing and editing opinion columns, assisting with research reports and bespoke projects, and engaging with the media on topical news items.

In addition, he is the main author of a number of chapters in the CRA’s annual Socio-Economic Survey of South Africa.

Gerbrandt holds a Master’s in Political Studies from the North-West University.

[Opinion] South Africa's welfare dilemma
Gerbrandt Van Heerden
06 Oct, 2022

Despite South Africans’ high dependency on the welfare system, the government seems unable or unwilling to turn the situation around. It now is considering making the temporary, special Social Relief of Distress (SRD) grant more permanent.

[Press Release] South Africa’s dysfunctional municipalities – why the decay?
Chris Hattingh
25 Aug, 2022

The latest Macro Review, a report published by the Centre For Risk Analysis (CRA), details the current state of South Africa’s municipalities. It finds that most of South Africa’s municipalities are in serious financial trouble. They also lack the capacity to adequately deliver services, feeding into increased protest action, and negatively impacting investment and economic growth.

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