Finance minister Tito Mboweni was right on the money in prioritising technology and education in his maiden budget speech. But Mboweni’s allocation of R10.4bn to the department of rural development and land reform should also have committed to meaningful rural development. The improvement of lives in rural areas must be technologically driven to ensure everyone is part of the fourth industrial revolution. As someone who comes from rural KwaZulu-Natal but has lived in Johannesburg for 17 years, I am concerned about the many inherent and historical structural differences between these two worlds. The differences are wide-ranging, but typically talk to three main dimensions: social, educational and financial. As Mboweni correctly observes, education is critical to determine so much about people’s lives across many dimensions. As we strive for more socioeconomically inclusive societies, we must address the inequalities that exist in the education system. Education remains the biggest to...

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