Forging a "New Deal" for South Africa? The Contribution of Parliament's High Level Panel Report
South Africa urgently needs a new approach to deal with dangerously high poverty, unemployment and inequality levels. Policy and regulatory changes must be implemented to unleash faster levels of growth and much greater inclusion. The President of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa, has called for a “new deal through which we can build an economy that benefits all”. In the interest of increasing the public’s engagement with the report, we present a short outline of its core recommendations, focussing on those made in the areas CDE feels are central for tackling poverty, unemployment and inequality. These cover recommendations relating to making the economy more labour intensive; opening access to small and medium sized firms; combatting youth unemployment and exclusion; promoting immigration reform; reforming basic education; strengthening vocational education; implementing land reform more effectively; and building more inclusive cities.