The Centre for Policy Studies
Welcome to The Centre for Policy Studies
CPS places a high premium on field research – gathering information on political, social, economic, governance and democratisation trends at the grass roots of society.
We believe effective policy-making is impossible unless it relies on a thorough understanding of the behaviour and attitudes of citizens, particularly those who do not enjoy access to policy processes. Field work on voter expectations, household energy use, housing policy implementation, local development politics and African politics has unearthed valuable information which has often contradicted widely held beliefs among policy-makers, and has laid a foundation for better policy-making.
Under the above-mentioned CPS Research Progamme, CPS runs the following series:
- Public sector series;
- Polictical economy series;
- Provincial governance series;
- Local government series;
- Social policy series;
- Foreign policy series; and
- International relations series.
CPS is also increasingly seeking partnerships and joint projects with similar institutions in other societies, particularly in Africa and other middle-income developing societies.
CPS will embark on a drive to reach out to Africa’s top scholars and researchers and provide a forum to share ideas. This will give us access to fresh ideas and an international perspective, enriching the search for solutions in Africa.
With the massive increase in South African tourism, we set out a research project to survey which forms of accommodation and tours have been more popular. Cape Town backpackers, Ashanti Lodge has an extremely busy travel centre that provided us with some useful statistics for our survey. Seeking an adventure next time you go on holiday? Choose Zip lining in Ceres. This adrenaline filled adventure can be enjoyed by the whole family. So get up, get out there and start having fun. You only have travel about 11/2 hours from Cape Town to reach Ceres, but there are plenty of great accommodation options also available if you would like to stay in the area.
You will be enjoying your adventure close to the Schurwegerg Mountains below the Koekedouw Dam. Here you find Africa’s longest zip line; lines are between 100m and 290m long allowing you to reach some pretty good speeds as you go. There are eight slides of adrenaline fun and all around you some spectacular scenery. They also operate in all weather conditions, so there is no excuse not to try this out.
Each tour can accommodate about 12 people, and there are two professional guides that make sure everybody is safe and enjoying themselves. All adventure participants are also given full body harnesses with the best equipment to ensure your safety. So if you are afraid of heights, no worries you can conquer your fears and have fun even with ‘jelly legs’.
I mentioned before that the whole family can come along, even those who are just older than three years of age. This is not only great for families but can be a unique idea for year-end functions and team building for companies.
Ceres Zipline Tours Contact: www.ceresadventures.co.za | 079 245 0354 or 078 063 5134
There is plenty to do in Ceres from visiting the Matroosberg Nature Reserve and scenic tours on the Ceres Rail Company. Visit the Ceres Transport Riders Museum and also plenty of hiking trails. There are an abundance of great restaurants to visit when you get hungry after all those exciting adventures.
The Fruit Route, Ceres
Ceres is known as one of the best locations for deciduous fruit in South Africa. The area is a great place to go for cherries, peaches, apples, plums and grapes. Love your wine tasting; why not try a Juice Tasting at the Ceres Transport Riders’ Museum. The juice is from the well-known ‘Ceres Fruit Juice’ Company.
Pay a visit in mid-November to December, at the Klondyke Cherry Farm. I know that cherries are expensive in the local stores, but here you can pick your own cherries and enjoy fresh ripe fruit straight from the farm.
The Klondyke Farm also provides accommodation. Three self-catering cottages and a campsite for those who don’t mind being closer to nature.
Out of season, Ceres is a good place to see the snow in the winter months. Skiing and other activities can be enjoyed by all, depending on the snow levels.
Travel and Stay in Ceres
Ceres has plenty to offer when it comes to accommodation. Guesthouses, Bed and Breakfast, self-catering, camping and caravanning and even working Farm stays.Ashanti Lodge Backpackers in Cape Town have a wide range of accommodation options at their main centre in the Mother City’s CBD.
Guest Houses and Self-catering:
• Four Seasons Self-catering Guesthouse: They have 4 self-catering units in a beautiful garden setting.
• Chantilly Guest House offers luxury self-catering or Bed and Breakfast accommodation.
Contact: 083 441 9532
• The Village Restaurant & Guesthouse offers beautifully furnished rooms and wonderful food at their gourmet restaurant.
Contact: 023 3162035
Camping and Caravan Parks:
• Kaleo Guest Farm: You can stay at their luxury self-catering guesthouse or enjoy their private campsite. The Guest Farm also offers self-catering flatlets or cottages.
Contact: 023 004 0298
• Klondyke Cherry Farm: Caravan and tent campsites available. The cherry picking is a must do at this farm.
Contact: 087 550 0232
• Petervale Guest Farm: They offer self-catering cottages as well a campsite that looks over beautiful dam. Plenty of shade, hot showers and large braai pits where you can sit around with your family and all your buddies. They also offer a unique experience of living in a tipi.
Contact: 076 774 6432
This section contains executive summaries and the complete texts (available in PDF) of recent CPS research reports; the complete texts of our most recent policy briefs and forums; and recent issues of Synopsis, quarterly newsletter of the CPS governance programme. The complete texts of the latest CPS publications are downloadable in PDF
Assessing the role of councillors in service delivery at local government level in South Africa
Gaynor Paradza,Centre for Policy Studies Senior Researcher; Lebogang Mokwena, Researcher Centre for Policy Studies,
Robin Richards, Research Manager, Centre for Policy Studies Report no 125, July 2010
Positioning Civil Society Post-Polokwane: Coming to Terms with ANC Political Leadership Changes
Maxine Reitzes,Centre for Policy Studies Research Associate; Fiona White, Senior Researcher
Research Report no 124, April 2010
Rapid or Incremental Change?: Assigning greater legislative powers to the Pan African Parliament
Research Report no 123, March 2010
Democratising Regional Integration in Southern Africa: SADC national committees as platforms for participatory policy-making
Ogochukwu Nzewi Senior researcher & Lungi Zakwe Junior researcher CPS
Research Report no 122, October 2009
The impact of democracy in Botswana: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy
Research Report no 121, September 2009
The impact of democracy on development: The case of South Africa
Research Report no 120, September 2009
The impact of democracy in Zimbabwe: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy
John Makumbe,University of Zimbabwe Harare
Research Report no 119, September 2009
The impact of democracy in Mozambique: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy
Joao C.G. Pereira
Research Report no 118, September 2009
Developmental dividends of democratisation in Malawi: A country report
Research Report no 117, September 2009
The impact of democracy in Namibia: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy
Andre du Pisani,
Research Report no 116, September 2009
The impact of democracy in Lesotho: Assessing political, social and economic developments since the dawn of democracy
Research Report no 115, September 2009
Public administration for a democratic developmental state in Africa: Prospects and Possibilities
Research Report no 114, April 2009
Municipal Responses to Climate Change in South Africa: The case of eThekwini, the City of Cape Town, and the City of Johannesburg
Research Report no 113, April 2009
Why is this election different from all others? ANC, COPE,and the way forward
Research Report no 112, April 2009
Democratic Decision-Making and Development at the Local Level: Lessons from rural Botswana
Lebogang Mokwena,Researcher, Ebrahim Fakir, Senior Researcher,Centre for Policy Studies,
Research Report no 111, January 2009
Making Meaningful Electoral Choices: Reviewing current debates on reforming South Africa’s electoral system
Aubrey Matshiqi,Senior Research Associate, Centre for Policy Studies,
Research Report no 110, January 2008
A Future in Dispute: Political perspectives on South Africa’s provincial system
Thabo Rapoo,Director, Centre for Policy Studies, Tshepo Moloi, Contract Researcher,
Research Report no 109,September 2008
The Emerging South African Democratic Developmental State and the People’s Contract
Research Report no 108, March 2007
Pan-African Citizenship and Identity Formation in Southern Africa: An overview of problems, prospects and possibilities
Research Report no 107, January 2006
Race and Ethnic Relations Barometer: A narrative analysis of findings from the Centre for Policy Studies’ Social Identity Survey
Research Report no 106, May 2005
A democratic developmental state in Africa? A concept paper
Research Report no 105, May 2005