Key Points:

  • CDE held its eighth debate on 13 October 1997. A number of contentious issues bearing on immigration policy were raised.
  • Do increased opportunities for some mean less for others, or can immigrants help expand the cake of opportunities? What skills are in short supply and can immigration help? Is it really possible for South Africa to relax its borders effectively, and if so, at what cost?
  • The speakers were Ms Lindiwe Sisulu, deputy minister for Home Affairs; Robin Plumbridge, chairman of Gold Fields SA; and Lot Ndlovu, president of the Black Management Forum.
  • CDE’s executive director Ann Bernstein chaired the debate.
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