Who’s Doing the Thinking?

 Despite the uncertainty that surrounds us, there is a lot of serious thinking going on!

I am a subscriber to the CDE reports, they more than demonstrate the enormous concern that thinking South Africans have for the challenges that confront us. Here are a few examples:-

Youth Unemployment: An agenda for Action

The Centre for Development and Enterprise (CDE) launched a new series of reports on South Africa’s crisis of youth unemployment in Johannesburg on 16 August 2017.

The launch event was attended by 250 leaders in business, government, civil society and the media. Ann Bernstein presented CDE’s key findings and recommendations at the event chaired by CDE Board member, Reuel Khoza, former chairman of Nedbank. Other speakers included Mcebisi Jonas, former deputy finance minister; Malose Kekana, chairman of the Belelani Group; Sello Hatang, CEO, Nelson Mandela Foundation; Action Setaka, Activate!; Bishop Ziphozihle Siwa, president of the SA Council of Churches, and Arno Schaefer, head of co operation at the Delegation of the European Union to South Africa.

Youth unemployment is the country’s most pressing socio-economic crisis. South Africa’s economic strategy has not produced the growth or employment that we desperately need. There are numerous initiatives to address the challenge but they have had only limited impact on the vast numbers of young people without work.

The two new policy reports are:

–         No country for young people: The crisis of youth unemployment and what to do about it, see here

–          Business, growth and inclusion: Tackling youth unemployment in cities, towns and townships, see here

 On 17 August 2017, Business Day published Ann Bernstein’s op ed, Millions of unemployed youth need sweeping structural transformation which is based on these reports, see here

CDE has also prepared a guide for smaller cities and towns entitled, Citizens in Action: How to build constructive business-government relationships in urban areas, see here