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Growth in a Time of Uncertainty Does South Africa Have a Growth Plan?

"South Africa desperately needs faster economic growth. The difficult global environment and the many unknowns involved in achieving higher growth in any country make this challenging. But it is not impossible and the international climate provides …

Why Africa needs its private sector

"A key question for anyone thinking about Africa relates to whether and how its economies will expand. For most of the last decade or so, the global context has been benign for Africa because of the rise in commodities prices and falling global pric…

Cities of Hope Young People and Opportunity in South Africa’s Cities

"Historically, urbanisation has been linked with industrialisation, which has both facilitated cities’ growth and depended on it. Cities have also made possible the efficient delivery of all kinds of services — energy, water, health, education, fina…

Raising South Africa's Speed Limit

In order to understand South Africa's poor economic performance since the end of Apartheid, this study focused on key features that set South African economy apart from many other, successful countries. The very low levels of labour participation in…

Promoting School Choice for the Poor Practical Ideas from International Experience: A conversation among Experts

"CDE’s report generated great interest, both in government and the private sector. It confirmed that private schools in South Africa do not only serve the rich. Low-fee private schools are growing rapidly because they offer poor parents viable alte…

Value in the Classroom: The Quantity and Quality of South Africa’s Teachers

"Teachers are at the centre of South Africa’s struggling school system. This report has examined the supply of and demand for teachers from a number of angles. It is clear that South Africa cannot continue to rely solely on current systems to train …

Schooling Reform is Possible Lessons for South Africa from International Experience

"International experiences of schooling reform are varied, but a number of common factors emerged from the presentations. Schooling reform is difficult. And yet, with the right leadership and approach, education systems can make significant gains f…

Doubling for Growth Addressing the Maths and Science Challenge in South Africa’s Schools

"This report provides an updated review of the state of maths and science schooling and a revised set of recommendations for increasing its output over the next few years, as the first phase of a broader strategy to improve the South African educa…

From Laggard to World Class Reforming Math and Science Eduction in South Africa

"This study is aimed at proposing changes in national education policy as well as practical interventions that will improve the performance of the maths and physical science education system - specifically, to double the pass rate in HG SC maths and…

Vocational Education in South Africa Strategies for Improvement

"This paper is based on research for CDE on the international experience of vocationally-oriented education relevant to South Africa. It summarises what needs to be done to strengthen vocationally-oriented education in South Africa, where school lea…

Special Economic Zones: Lessons for South Africa from International Evidence and Local Experience

"Special economic zones are defined as specially-demarcated geographic areas in which some aspect of the business environment, whether the quality of the infrastructure or the regulatory regime, differs from the norms prevailing in the rest of the …

Inequality in South Africa and Brazil : Can we trust the numbers?

"Much academic and policy-related research over the past decade has focused on one of two stylised facts: Brazilian inequality has decreased sharply over the last 10 years and South Africa’s level of inequality has remained stubbornly high. Brazil h…

Jobs for Young People Is a Wage Subsidy a Good Idea?

"The issues involved are complex, and sometimes quite technical. The workshop sought to address them as systematically as possible by addressing, first, the central importance of employment growth in shaping South Africa’s long-term developmental p…

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…

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