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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 discussi...

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 g...

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 pover...

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 polici...

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 pol...

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 kno...

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 ...

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 r...

Johannesburg, Africa's World City: A Challenge to action - Executive summary

"The key theme of this series of path-breaking reports has been to focus stake- holders’ attention on the enormous impact of globalisation and the associated challenges facing South African cities. After decades of insular attention to race and ap...

Water: A looming crisis?

"Some of the issues discussed in this paper were: Water issues are central to development and environmental sustainability. Government needs to play the strategic leadership role, and take the necessary decisions to address the water crisis. Peopl...

Growth and Development in South Africa's heartland: Silence, exit and voice in the Free State

"This report is about how places that used to be nationally important can easily lose this status, and about how being ‘halfway to everywhere’ is no help at all if most influential people are leaving, fewer are passing through, and fewer still are...

Local government in South Africa: Priorities for action

"The Round Table indicates that there is a high level of consensus among government officials, local councillors, members of parliament, and private sector figures about the nature of the challenges facing local government. However, this consens...

Local Government Reforms: What's happening and who is in charge?

"The discussion was designed to stimulate debate and encourage a frank exchange of views. Senior government officials spoke on three major elements of local government reform: the demarcation process; who is in charge of reforming local governmen...

The New Urban Paradigm: A Radical Departure in City Management

This report describes and analyses the significant new approach to managing cities which developed in the US. The best known feature is the zero tolerance approach to crime. This approach to crime prevention is just one aspect of a comprehensive f...

Creating Urban Citizens: Stephen Goldsmith & America's new urbanism in the city of Indianapolis

Goldsmith commented that all the issues discussed in the review were basically focused on the following principles: safe streets, strong neighbourhoods, and a thriving economy. The organising principle was competition - described as the engine tha...

Post Apartheid Local Government reforms: A small town perspective

"This CDE Focus confirms many of the shortcomings in South Africa’s small towns. There is a lack of crucial municipal staff, management capacity, and resources necessary to sustain new infrastructure projects. Substantial unresolved issues have ar...

A Nation's Health in Crisis: International Experience and Public-Private Collaboration

"The private sector is already playing an important role in health care, including providing care to poorer people, and its role could be greatly expanded. Given an appropriate regulatory environment, it could offer more affordable care to many m...

Five Million Jobs South Africa and the Global Economic Crisis

"Certainly, banks wishing to run proprietary trading books should be required to hold large amounts of capital given the negative externalities when things go wrong. Further, there is a debate to be had about which forms of lending are inherently ...

Key to Growth Supporting South Africa's Emerging Entrepreneurs

"This report reviews recent South African and international research on entrepreneurship. The research confirms that entrepreneurship plays a key role in economic development. In line with this, many government planners, journalists, academics, ci...

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