South Africa: CR17 Campaign Funding Row a Distraction From Crucial Issues Facing South Africa


Contestation for resources increases sharply when they are scarce. These are the macro concerns the nation should be preoccupied with every day, not sensational headlines about the CR17 campaign funding.

When resources are scarce, contestation for such resources sharply increases. This was the lesson I learnt as I perused a World Bank diagnostic report on SA titled "Overcoming Poverty and Inequality in South Africa -- An Assessment of Drivers, Constraints and Opportunities".

The report goes to great lengths to illustrate the drivers of the challenges we face with regard to our economy and other concomitant elements, and concludes that we have an incomplete transition. I'm sure you will all agree with such a conclusion. In fact, the World Bank states very clearly that there is general agreement and acceptance of the problem and/or challenges of South Africa among all South Africans. Where I think we disagree with one another is how best we can fix it. No doubt the patient (South Africa) is in ICU, so what are we going to do about it?

The report tells us that such exclusion is in the areas of wealth creation, land and property, product markets, education, health location and finally, basic services....

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