Friday, 29 June 2018

OPINION:Time for the world to assist South Africa build a fairer society.

CAPE TOWN - At this year's World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, leaders from the world of business, government and academia were charged with the objective of finding ways to strengthen co-operation in an increasingly fractured world.

Headline growth at the time may have been healthier than at any time since the great recession, but it masked deep divisions, within societies and across borders.

South Africa, under new leadership and buoyed by the beginnings of an economic upturn, stood out as a beacon of optimism. Determined to herald a new dawn for the country, its leadership, under President Cyril Ramaphosa, succeeded in building trust among the international community for the reform programme it knows is necessary to place South Africa’s story back on track.

Now is the time to turn the goodwill into action. This week, at the invitation of the World Economic Forum, 70 leaders from global businesses will convene in Johannesburg to advise and devise new ways that the private sector can help to tackle the country’s deep-seated challenges.

They are here because they know that South Africa’s government cannot provide solutions on its own, and they are here because they know that a prosperous, fair and inclusive South Africa is in their long-term interest.

By Elsie Kanza.
Full story at IOL.

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