07 Apr 2016, by Admin
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More than 20 years after apartheid, far too many South Africans live in poverty. The reason for this, and for our enormous inequalities, is that far too few South Africans are employed. This has serious implications for our politics and stability, ultimately putting at risk the political, social and economic achievements of our democracy.

Without faster, more labour-intensive growth, we will fail to employ the millions of people who need work, condemning them – and their children – to lives of grinding poverty. Slow growth will also mean that state revenue will not keep pace with legitimate demands for access to all levels of education and training, essential infrastructure and improved social welfare. South Africa’s poor will be left behind, society will stagnate, race relations will worsen and instability will increase.

These priorities comprise a basis for encouraging a nationwide conversation. They offer a clear diagnosis of what is going wrong and a focused set of catalytic recommendations for getting the country back on track.