Gerbrandt van Heerden

Gerbrandt van Heerden is the Deputy Head of Research at the Centre For Risk Analysis (CRA). One of his key tasks is to oversee the production process of the CRA’s Macro Review – a monthly report which provides a deep-dive analysis of the major trends shaping South Africa. These reports have allowed him to build extensive knowledge of the socio-economic situation in the country. He temporarily served as a lecturer for the North-West University (NWU) and volunteered for six months as a radio presenter at GaySA Radio – Africa’s first LGBT+ radio station. Gerbrandt holds a BA Degree in Communication studies and a Master’s Degree in Political Sciences from NWU.

No plan to fix education
27 Jan, 2023

27 January 2023 - Deputy Head of Reseach, Gerbrandt van Heerden, unpacks South Africa's real matric pass rate, and the underlying issues facing public schools.

[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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