Forging a ‘New Deal’ for South Africa


Ann Bernstein | Executive Director | The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) | mail me |

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.

The report is available HERE |