The focus on redistribution, rather than growth, keeps the country poor
SA’s national debates are stuck on how the past affects the future, while Asian countries have thrown off the past by creating value
Horrific education outcomes limit growth prospects, yet this encourages the poor to support the governing party as their reliance on the government deepens. More surprisingly, the high end of our national debates also accommodates unaffordable delusions that suit the ANC. Education results can’t quickly change, whereas SA’s national dialogue can be urgently upgraded, either as a response to a full-blown crisis or, preferably, to avoid one.
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