The Growth Agenda Priorities for Mass Employment and Inclusion: Insights and Key Recommendations

"South Africa is on a low road of stagnating growth, policy confusion and gridlock, rising social tension and uncertainty about the future. Our ‘good story’ of democratisation and greater inclusion sounds more and more hollow to the unemployed and poor who remain excluded from what, in truth, has always been an insider story. Even those, black and white, who have done well out of South Africa’s transformation from racial tyranny, have reason to be concerned about the future as we get poorer and slide into a zero-sum contest for the fruits of a stagnating economy. A new democracy with serious challenges of unemployment and poverty cannot afford to stand still. Some of our situation can be explained by unfavourable global economic conditions and the legacy of apartheid, but too much is the result of poor policy choices and misguided thinking about what drives growth and employment. This document and its six companion reports identify the catalytic priorities on which the country must focus in order to grow faster and create more jobs. To stick to this focus may involve tough choices, but they are not as tough as the choices we will meet if we continue down the low road."