This is a complex and unsettling story – one thing that seems clear, though, is that it would be a mistake to write this loss of talent and skills off simply to a white (and, by implication or inference, racist) exodus. People are leaving for a bunch of reasons, but basically they are voting with their feet. And the consequences for the country are not good. via Where’s everyone going? Behind SA’s new skills exodus
The tragic saga of basic infrastructure in South Africa’s poorest schools, serving the poorest (black) children, goes on and on and on. No-one is held accountable. The state takes no effective action. Funds disappear, and children suffer. In some cases they pay with their lives. This is a defining reality of post-apartheid South Africa. We expected better. via After Children Die in Pit Toilets, South Africa Vows to Fix School Sanitation – The New York Times
Tragically, and with bitter irony, failure in education has come to define post-apartheid South Africa.
All of us in the development field want ‘results,’ presumably – but what does this mean? Does the focus on results translate into top-down, centralised, short-termism, or… Read more “What do we mean by results?”
South Africa’s stubborn – and tragic – problem of large scale, long term, structural unemployment, especially amongst the country’s youth, needs long term, structural solutions: radical improvements… Read more “Youth unemployment needs action now as well as long term strategies”