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The Post-2015 development agenda in South Africa

Peliwe Lolwana

Centre for Researching Education and Labour (REAL)

University of Witwatersrand


Presentation outline

  • South Africa’s involvement

  • MDGs and the country’s education agenda

  • A Post-2015 agenda for South Africa

  • The Government’s initiative

  • 5. Priorities in South Africa

  • 6. Conclusion


1. The development of the Post- 2015 Agenda

  • The secrecy and non-transparency of the process

  • A big Tsunami in the North and a small ripple in the South (King & Palmer, October, 2013)

  • The Aid - NGO connection and the Post-2015 Agenda.

  • The absence and low profile of the big NGOs in South African education scene

  • The MDG agenda as a schooling issue and the silence on Skills Development as well as Higher Education


  • Access and quality education priorities at start of the new government

  • Like the post-2015 agenda, RSA has been marginally involved

  • Issues of access have been important to the new government irrespective of MDGs and access to basic education has been universalised (8 years of schooling) a long time ago

  • Quality and Equity are issues to be taken forward to the post-2015 agenda by the country


3. A Post-2015 agenda for South Africa

  • Realising that the Post 2015 agenda speaks to Education and Training through Goals 3 and 8;

  • Realising that SA has a bulging population of young people outside of education, training and employment;

  • Realising that education and training does not translate to employment;

  • Realising the interactive impact of Education; Dwellings and Employment on Poverty

  • Realising the intractable problem of spatial inequalities in our society and how this plays out in education and skills developmet


4. The Government’s initiative

  • Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Foreign Affairs) workshop in September 2013 –coordinating various departments’ responses

  • Department of Higher Education and Training coordinating the Skills Development and Higher Education responses through inputs by a small group

  • No wider discussion in the country still. Doubtful if government is doing any work further in Post-2015 agenda


4. The Government’s initiative

  • Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Foreign Affairs) workshop in September 2013 –coordinating various departments’ responses

  • Department of Higher Education and Training coordinating the Skills Development and Higher Education responses through inputs by a small group

  • No wider discussion in the country still. Doubtful if government is doing any work further in Post-2015 agenda


5. Priorities in South Africa

  • The inequalities in accessing and succeeding in post-school institutions in the country is a problem

  • Transition of young people to meaningful participation in society is a large problem and still race based

  • Problems in establishing a meaningful skills system:

    • A skills system is about understanding the skills demand; establishing an appropriate skills development and deployment systems


Priorities in South Africa

  • 4. Absence of a system of moving large individuals from elementary jobs up the ladder of occupations.

  • 5. Difficulty in redistributing the spending of income from the fiscus to serve social and economic purpose as well as support economic growth at family levels


4. Conclusion

  • It is important to engage in the global debate about MDGs but can never drive the developmental agenda of the country

  • It is important to understand where we will be as country at the end of the MDG 2s and build on this momentum

  • Perhaps South Africa should focus on addressing its priorities first and the post-2015 agenda will take care of itself.


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