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Job Destruction in the South African Clothing Industry How an Alliance of Organised Labour, the State and Some Firms is Undermining Labour-Intensive Growth

"Successive government plans emphasise the need for job creation in South Africa, yet industrial and labour market policies are biased against labour-intensive growth. Nowhere is this more evident than in the clothing industry, where employment has …

The Democratic Alternative from the South - India, Brazil, and South Africa

"In order to understand the new phenomenon of rapidly developing democracies, this project set out to examine the relationship, between political democracy, on the one hand, and inclusive economic growth on the other, in much greater detail than is …

Maths and Science Performance of South Africa's public schools

"This paper summarises the results of four statistical analyses of Senior Certificate and National Senior Certificate results since 1998.Conducted by Professor Charles Simkins, they provide important new insights into the mathematics and science pe…

Options for talented learners from disadvantaged backgrounds

"Many learners from disadvantaged backgrounds capable of obtaining university entrance passes in mathematics do not do so either because their schools do not teach mathematics, or the tuition is inferior. In recent years the private sector has initi…

International Best Practice in Schooling Reform What can South Africa learn from other countries?

"The workshop underscored the fact that the South African education system is largely failing the community it is meant to serve. South African learners perform very badly in international tests of fundamental skills such as numeracy and literacy. T…

Business and schooling reform: What can we learn from experience in the United States?

"The purpose of this workshop was to establish what the South African business sector could learn from the United States and the experience of companies and business funded approaches to system-wide reform. The purpose of the workshop was to ‘think…

Private Schooling for the poor? International Research raises new questions for South Africa.

"This study explored the private education market and the regulatory and investment climate in a dozen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, Eastern Europe, and also included detailed case studies of 20 private education companies or institution…

The future of South African Universities: What role for business? Part 2

"The second round table focused on business’s interests and concerns in this context. Key questions addressed in the course of the day were: What does South Africa need from its universities in the new millennium? What does business need from hig…

No Child left behind: Lessons from American school voucher programmes

"In a comprehensive review of America’s public and private school voucher programmes, CHARLES GLENN analyses their outcomes,and argues that South Africa should experiment with school vouchers as a means of expanding access to quality education for t…

Restructuring higher education: For what? And how will we measure success?

Several speakers attended this debate at the CDE. Some of the opinions voiced were: Mrs Bradley emphasised the point that South Africa was not producing enough high-quality graduates to set the country on a growth path.Professor Mthembu stressed the…

The Jagged Tear: Human capital, education and AIDS in South Africa, 2002-2010

"The key insight is that the education and training system must follow the country’s demography in making a transition from quantity to quality. Rapid growth in the numbers of pupils and students in the education system during most of the twentieth…

Voices from a new democracy: South Africans reflect on ten years in a democratic country, and the challenges of the next decade

"Africans deliberated on the first decade of democratic rule, acknowledged what had been accomplished,and thought aloud about the challenges that need to be addressed if ‘a better life for all’ desired to be achieved by 2014. However, the discussion…

Business and democracy: Cohabitation or contradiction?

"In summary, the technical keys to improving the public service are appropriate and specific goals, accurate monitoring, and effective accountability. Attending to business processes and human resources play vital roles in achieving these three goa…

Can Black Economic Empowerment Drive New Growth?

"This publication summarises the presentations, panelists' contributions and general discussions at the CDE workshop which aimed at stimulating the debate on the relationship between BEE and economic growth. It was structured around four questions: …

Shared Growth and the Role of the State

"The discussion has shown that there are many key areas relating to the role of the state and growth where there is broad agreement and a strong commitment to take action and find solutions. Almost all the participants agreed that: Levels of poverty…

Race, growth and development

"In reflecting on the meeting as a whole, CDE raised several issues: The first being; whether policies of racial redress were impeding the drive for growth and development. There was no exploration of the content and consequences of present policies…

Lost in Transformation? South Africa's emerging middle class

"This study of the emerging African middle class in South Africa has been motivated by the belief that a middle class independent of the state and supportive of private enterprise is indeed a vital ingredient of sustained economic growth and polit…

The World Bank AIDS scenario for South Africa: A perspective for business

"The report is based on a theoretical model which was 'calibrated' to South Africa and then used to produce several scenarios of the impact of AIDS on this country. The key concept in the Bank's model is human capital, ie, society’s stock of knowl…

Why is South Africa struggling to get to grips with the AIDS Crisis?

"Some of the key issues discussed were among other : Why had President Thabo Mbeki cast doubt on whether HIV caused AIDS? What was the government’s stance on the use of antiretrovirals, particularly AZT? Why had foreign scientists representing an un…

Closure of the RDP Office: Where does this leave development?

The RDP ministry's closure raises questions of accountability. Some of the questions raised in this paper were : Who will be responsible for the urban development strategy which was published in draft form by government in November 1995? And the rur…

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