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The Economic Development Department held a number of Policy Platforms in association with different partners to strengthen its social dialogue efforts.

The Ministry in association with the Cape Times and the SA New Economics Network hosted a series of Policy Platforms entitled The Next Economy National Dialogue.


National stakeholders, elected public representatives, key economic actors, as well as the public were involved in discussions on the nation’s economic future, providing publicly inspired ideas for policy suggestions to the Economic Development Department in the spirit of the wide-ranging participatory democracy.

Policy Platform no 1: Where to from here?

South Africa is faced with enormous economic challenges that present themselves against a backdrop of international global difficulties. Across the world, governments and citizens are searching for sustainable economic strategies and are discussing the shape of ‘the next economy’ that will emerge from these turbulent events. At the first in the series, a space was opened up for much needed conversation on South Africa’s next economy.

National stakeholders, elected public representatives, key economic actors, as well as the public were involved in discussions on the nation’s economic future, providing publicly inspired ideas for policy suggestions to the Economic Development Department in the spirit of the wide-ranging participatory democracy.

The Policy Platform was hosted by Minister Patel and speakers included the General Secretary of COSATU, Zwelinzima Vavi, the Chairman of Business Leadership South Africa, and Bobby Godsell responded to the minister’s presentation.

This Policy Platform was held on 23 March, 2010 at the Imbizo Centre at Parliament.

Policy Platform No 2: The Next economy: Lessons of the World Cup

After a month of Soccer World Cup fever, South Africa is finally able to take stock of the effects had on the economy if any. Was it just a passing sporting and economic spectacle or has it opened up opportunities which could give this country an edge as it navigates through the international global crisis? What were the positive and negative lessons relevant to the economy which we have learned and could these indeed help shape the new national Growth Path thinking in Government?

How will South Africa build on the lessons learned from this intensive project?

Key speakers were Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee. Dr Goolam Ballim, ,Group Chief Economist of the Standard Bank of South Africa, and Minister Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, Board Member for the 2010 Organising Committeee responded to the CEO’s presentation.

This platform was held on 15 July, 2010 at the Imbizo Centre at Parliament.

Policy Platform No 3: Food Security: how can we produce enough affordable food leaving no-one hungry in our country?

Twenty percent of South African households have inadequate to severely inadequate access to food. According to the General Household Survey of 2009, this translates into 2 762 400 households. Any dialogue about sustainable economic strategies and the shape of the “next economy” will have to consider how to address this problem. How do we ensure healthy food sufficiency at affordable prices for all in our country? Is it feasible in the next economy to restructure production and distribution so that no-one goes hungry? How?

Key speakers were Ms Tina Joemat-Pettersson, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Dr Anwah Nagia, Executive Chairman of Element Investment Managers and Altius Investment Holdings and Mr Artwell Nazo, President of the Food and Allied Workers Union.

his platform was held on 18 November, 2010 at the Imbizo Centre at Parliament.

Policy Platform No 4 The challenges of climate change, the economic development opportunities for South Africa and the region and the need for national and international action.

Key speakers were Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Mr Nicholas Dawes, editor-in-chief, the Mail and Guardian, Mr Frans Baleni, General Secretary National Union of Mineworkers and Mrs Futhi Mtoba, President of Business Unity South Africa.

This platform was held on Monday, 17 January, 2011 at the Reserve Bank Conference, Pretoria.

Media Downloads
Policy Platform 4
  • The Mail & Guardian article as well as the video of the entire lecture at the following links: Mail & Guardian Online
The Ministry in association with the Mail & Guardian hosted world-renowned economist, Professor Joseph Stiglitz

Picture gallery of World Cup policy platform (Platform no. 2)