Key Points:

  • On 21 February 2008, CDE hosted its second public conversation on key challenges facing South Africa.
  • It focused on what the role of the state should be in improving the lives of South Africans.
  • To open the conversation, CDE invited four influential South Africans to reflect on the concept of the developmental state in the face of South African realities.
  • There are tough questions and choices in South Africa confronting both those who want to limit the role of the state as well as those who want to extend it. The first group must make the case for how, in a country such as ours, small states and equality of opportunity can lead to a society with greater prosperity and much less poverty, ill health, and deprivation.
  • This is a task that faces both black and white South Africans who believe in a market-driven approach.
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