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SA POLICY CHALLENGES 11 February 2013 Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars Washington DC, USA FRANK CHIKANE

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1 SA POLICY CHALLENGES 11 February 2013 Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars Washington DC, USA FRANK CHIKANE

2 SA POLICY CHALLENGES SOUTH AFRICA’S POLICY CHALLENGES IN THE NEXT FOUR YEARS

3 SA POLICY CHALLENGES PRESENTATION The nature of the Theme. Policy objectives and strategic focus. Policy making Processes within the Ruling Party and in Government. The Major Challenges facing the country. Strategic Intervention & Considerations

4 SA POLICY CHALLENGES POLICY OBJECTIVES Preamble of the Constitution Recognises injustices of the past (apartheid society). Believe in SA which belongs to all who live in it (Black and White). Heal the divisions of the past (apartheid).

5 SA POLICY CHALLENGES POLICY OBJECTIVES Establish a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights (non-sexist, non-racial, etc.) Improve the quality of life of all its citizens (‘Better Life for All); and Free the potential of each person!

6 SA POLICY CHALLENGES POLICY OBJECTIVES Lastly, Build a united and democratic South Africa able to take its rightful place as a sovereign state in the family of nations

7 SA POLICY CHALLENGES TRANSITION FROM APARTHEID TO AN EQUITABLE SOCIETY Policy debates leading to the Mangaung Conference (December 2012). The ‘Second Transition’ and the ‘Second Phase of the transition’ to establish a non- racial, non-sexist, & equitable society: The NDR).

8 SA POLICY CHALLENGES FOCUSING ON NEXT FOUR YEARS Translating Mangaung Party policy framework to Government policy. Translating Government policy positions to implementable programmes. Implementation of Programmes (Plans, Implementation, capacity, resources).

9 SA POLICY CHALLENGES POLICY PROCESSES IN SA Extensive democratic processes to develop a policy framework (Branch, Region, Province, National Conference). Five year cycles with possibility of mid- term review (General Council of the party). Broader consultations and Gaps!!!

10 SA POLICY CHALLENGES CHALLENGES FACING SA Triple challenges: Poverty, unemployment and inequality. Challenges defined in racial terms (legacy of the apartheid system/colonialism of a special type). Low growth rates/strategic target: 6%.

11 SA POLICY CHALLENGES CHALLENGES FACING SA ‘Jobless growth’ (Investments in high returns projects not in projects that create more jobs/include the unemployed into the system: Unlock potential of each person). Constraints/Frustrations for young blacks to break into the system (Malema factor).

12 SA POLICY CHALLENGES STRATEGIC INTERVENTIONS Develop relevant skills, management capacity, experience, unlock entrepreneurial capacity, education, etc. Need for a social compact btn social & international partners (Government, business, Labour & other civil society).

13 SA POLICY CHALLENGES TOGETHER WE CAN DO MORE


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