Key Points:

  • South Africa urgently needs a new approach to deal with dangerously high poverty, unemployment and inequality levels.
  • President Cyril Ramaphosa, has called for a “new deal through we can build an economy that benefits all.” Key elements of such a deal may already be available in the recommendations put forward by Parliament’s High Level Panel, led by former president, Kgalema Motlanthe.
  • The Panel released its report in November 2017, and, apart from isolated responses to very specific proposals, has received little attention in the policy debates of 2018.
  • In the interest of increasing public engagement with the report, CDE has put together a short outline of the core recommendations, focusing on those made in the areas CDE feels are central for tackling poverty, unemployment and inequality.
  • CDE hopes that parliament and government will take the recommendations seriously, and that there will be frank, open and realistic discussion on what is needed to transform South Africa into a society that generates opportunities for everyone.
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