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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 apar…

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. People …

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 c…

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 consensus…

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 government;…

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 fra…

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 that …

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 aris…

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 mor…

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 ri…

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, civi…

Poverty and Inequality: Facts, trends and Hard Choices

"The discussion was marked by the tension between the need to focus on inequality per se as opposed to focusing on mass poverty and unemployment as the best way of improving the quality of people’s lives. Some participants argued that addressing So…

Accelerating Growth in Tough Times

"The report identifies a contradiction between the lack of state capacity to support economic development and the government’s emphasis on state programmes and policies to address these constraints. The OECD also notes the ‘striking’ lack of policie…

South Africa's Door Knockers: Young people and unemployment in Metropolitan South Africa

"Principal among the carefully focused goals was that of surveying and assessing job creation ventures for young people in South Africa’s major metropolitan areas. As we have seen, this proved to be a far from simple task, and we found it difficult…

South Africa's Electricity Crisis: How did we get here? And how do we put things right?

"This report examines the electricity crisis in South Africa and CDE asked some basic questions about the crisis and how to minimise its negative impacts on our country over the years that it’s going to take to get out of this emergency. The South …

The Skills Revolution: Are We Making Progress?

"This report by CDE aimed at assessing the current state of the skills development strategy. The key questions driving the project were: What progress are we making with the skills revolution? Do we have realistic policies, priorities and targets? …

Going for Growth: Are AsgiSA and JIPSA bold enough?

"This report begins with summaries of the lead presentations, and then goes on to capture the main themes that emerged from the discussions.The Round Table helped to clarify a number of important issues surrounding AsgiSA. Most importantly, it hig…

Labour Intensive Public Works: Towards providing Employment for all South African's willing to work

"The study begins by discussing the scale and nature of unemployment, making the point that the dominant type of unemployment in South Africa is long-term youth unemployment. This is a problem for which labour-intensive public works is an appropri…

Why is South Africa failing to get the growth and jobs that it needs?

"In the first half of the Round Table, participants analysed a number of serious obstacles to growth and job creation. These included the causes of current low investor confidence; deeper-lying obstacles to growth in particular the difficulties asso…

Trade Policy, Protectionism and the Global Economic Crisis

"This discussion has been among a group of like-minded people who generally see the benefits of free trade. But that view is not necessarily widely held in the broader society, where protectionism attracts a lot of support. That’s why we need to ha…

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