President Ramaphosa will on Thursday address a gathering of academics and business leaders on different future prospects of how the country could look in 2030.
In the past year, a group of thought leaders and academics have produced a document that seeks to help the country work on a positive plan that will help it work towards an economically viable future.
Spearheading the project is University of Johannesburg Professer, Somadoda Fikeni, who says the document titled South Africa Scenarios 2030, Indlulamithi is “a tool to enable the nation to have strategic conversation about the future.”
President Ramaphosa has welcomed the initiative: “Any nation that seeks progress and development must be able to first envision it. The Indlulamithi Scenarios help the country understand the possible paths it can take, and what needs to be done now to ensure that it takes the path of greatest cohesion, prosperity and equality.”
Fikeni says the project is in line with the National Development Plan and United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. “2030 seems to be a reasonable periodisation part, though it should not limit us to look beyond 2030.”
The document looks at three possible scenarios for the country going forward, focusing on issues of inclusive economic growth, the quality of education, social cohesion and issues of security in the country.
One scenario foresees a gloomy picture with a projected economic growth of 1.5% per annum, whilst the two other scenarios are more optimistic.
For more on this, listen to the interview with Professor Somadoda Fikeni below:
See a summary of the three possible scenarios below: