South Africa finds herself at a political and economic crossroads. As the country moves beyond its second decade of democracy, alternative visions for its economic future are beginning to emerge.
How successful has South Africa’s economy been since 1994 and what type of economic model is likely in the future? Political Analyst & Director of the Political Futures Consultancy Daniel Silke will challenge your conference with a future-oriented and broad-ranging presentation offering the latest analysis of major economic, political and social trends facing the country.
This may include (inter-alia) the state of the economy in both the domestic and global context; social challenges; labour-relations issues; current trade-union tensions including prospects for rival unions and new political factions; the state of South Africa’s competitiveness; the role of infrastructure development and the state-owned-enterprise sector; the BRICS partnerships as well as broader emerging market and African issues.
Silke will also focus on the role and efficiency of the State and the debate for and against the National Development Plan (NDP). In particular, this keynote will address the question of how economic policy debates around competing visions for economic growth are likely to define and potentially divide the broader ANC Alliance in the years to come. This is especially relevant given the recent rating-agency downgrades for the country and disappointing growth rates.
Marrying the key economic debates of the modern South African era with Silke’s canny insights into the rough and tumble of the domestic political process makes this one topical presentation you will not want to miss!