As South Africa closes out a difficult 2020, the struggle of the year is clearly evident with the unemployment rate hitting a record 30.8%, millions of families battling food insecurity and learners who had no access to digital education resources during lockdown facing uncertain results. It's a bleak picture, not made prettier with the second surge of Covid-19 infections in South Africa. 2020 forced the country to see its inequality in plain view. Questions are raised about what individuals, businesses, government and social upliftment organisations can do to get to the heart of the key issues surrounding education and employment, while considering long-term strategies that truly uplift communities. Government’s National Development Plan (NDP) aims to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality by 2030. The plan indicates key capabilities that individuals need to live decent lives. Of these, it notes education, skills and work opportunities as where progress is most needed.
For the Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation, progress in education and enterprise development is the most direct means of improving the quality of life for South Africa’s people and advancing the foundation’s purpose to develop an inclusive and empowered society.
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