Economic policy has always been contested globally and in SA, making for heated discussion and debate on how best to build inclusive growth and a more equitable and just society. With the outbreak of COVID-19 economic policy is being turned on its head. Not just in SA but around the world.
According to the WEF Inclusive Growth and Development Report 2017, South Africa ranks 70th among developing economies on the Inclusive Development Index. South Africa also suffers from extremely high income and wealth inequality. This despite having the 19th-highest GDP per capita in this group. The topic under discussion on this episode of Road to WEF Africa: Time for Impact! is inclusive growth. CNBC Africa’s Gugulethu Cele talks to Siyabonga Gama, CEO of Transnet, Dr Miriam Altman, Strategist at Altman Advisory, Thomas Konditi, CEO of GE in South Africa & President and CEO of GE Africa Transportation, and Ann Bernstein, Executive Director at Centre for Development and Enterprise.
Dr Miriam Altman is a Commissioner on the National Planning Commission. Her first job was at a bakery and then as a waitress where she earned money to pay for her studies. Her advice to young people looking for their first job is to make sure you share what makes you special with potential employers. In addition to good marks, they want to hear about things like community involvement and sporting achievements.
This is my personal website. It started with the aim of offering easy access to a body of research created over a decade on employment, growth and poverty reduction. I have posted my own papers and publications and those where I have been commissioning editor with a wide group of experts. I hope that making the papers and methodologies available will assist policy makers and researchers globally. This website will now evolve to share my recent interests, writing, initiatives and links to organisations I am involved with.