NEVA MAKGETLA: Despite its lofty spot, SA must foster regional growth
Creating stronger export links will help Sadc countries reduce their reliance on mining
John Donne wrote that “No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main.” The same is true of countries: no economy can develop in isolation from its neighbours.
For SA, the Southern African Development Communiuty (Sadc) is a critical source of demand for exports of manufactures and services. Moreover, experiences in other parts of the world, and especially fast-growing East Asia, point to the importance of regional partnerships for investments — from industry to energy and international logistics.