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Is SA a nanny state? An expert answers

15 March, 03:57 PM

Neoliberalism: it's a term that gets bandied about but what does the term actually mean? Professor Jeremy Seekings examines the term in relation to the South African government's policies. "What it really means is that things that were done by the State are being thrown back onto the market."

Seekings lectures political science and sociology at the University in Cape Town. He says in a country with neoliberal policies the State, then, is typically doing less and it's "bad for the poor."

However, continues Seekings, the "charge of neoliberalism" does not sit well with some aspects of the South African government's policy, which are arguably pro-poor. He lists social grants and wage regulation as two cases in point.

Watch the clip above.

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