About The Webinar

South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) for the second quarter of 2020 shrank by a mammoth 51%, mainly as a result of the Covid-19 lockdown coming into effect during that period
                                                                                                           8 September 2020 Stats SA

There is no disguising the trouble that South Africa was already in before the Covid-19 crisis began, having endured large-scale corruption, continued expansion of unemployment and lack of GDP growth for the past two decades. Nonetheless, the pandemic has clearly worsened the country’s ailing economy and now, smack in the middle of a health crisis, we are at a critical crossroad.

While it may have been easy to put the waning economy squarely on the shoulders of the previous administration, there needs to be tough calls now to chart new paths and turn the country around from the brink of collapse. The coronavirus crisis may very well have given us the opportunity to press the reset button to rebuild and reform the country. 

Join this webinar as we debate on:

  • Assessment of the steps and policies undertaken by government 

  • Turning around from the brink of an economic and political disaster

  • Role and importance of the private sector, NGOs and civil society 

  • Joint responsibility of government and business

  • Building strong and active communities to hold those in power accountable

  • The way forward to reform South Africa

  • Aubrey Mashiqi
    Independent political analyst. He was a Senior Research Associate at the Centre for Policy studies (CPS) in Johannesburg until March 2011, and was a research fellow at the Helen Suzman Foundation until December 2016. In 2010, he was invited to take up a research fellowship at the Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Studies. Matshiqi is a former Mathematics, Science and English teacher, strategist at the Premier’s Office in Gauteng, as well as spokesperson for the MEC for education in Gauteng. Matshiqi holds a degree in History and English Literature.

  • Busi Sibeko
    Economist and researcher at the Institute for Economic Justice (IEJ). She holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Duke University and a Masters in the Political Economy of Development from SOAS, University of London. Busi’s current research focus is macroeconomic policy, including tax justice, fiscal and monetary policy, and participatory feminist budgeting to advance socio-economic rights. She provides research support to the labour constituency within the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC)

  • Sanusha Naidu  
    Foreign policy analyst. Currently is a senior research fellow with the Institute for Global Dialogue based at UNISA. She has a Masters in International Relations from the University of Staffordshire, United Kingdom. She previously worked at the Open Society Foundation for South Africa and the South African Institute for International Affairs.

  • Paul Kariuki
    Executive Director at the Democracy Development Program. He has worked in the NPO sector for more than 10 years and is passionate about community development, good governance & monitoring & evaluation. He is also passionate about community engagement with government at all levels of governance. He graduated with a PhD in Public Administration, specialising in Monitoring & Evaluation in Local Government.

  • Sphamandla Mhlongo 
    Senior Programmes Officer at the Democracy Development Program. He is responsible for the implementation of projects that have an impact on the capacity of community-based organisations, on interacting with local municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal province, as well as representing the organisation in various forums and conferences

  • About Democracy Development Program (DDP)

    DDP aims to deepen the practice of democracy in South Africa. They build strong and active communities that can hold those in power to account. Since their beginning in 1993, they have achieved this mission by:

    - Encouraging citizen engagement with burning issues in politics and development.

    - Holding public and political forums that encourage peaceful and constructive dialogue.

    - Providing democracy education.

    - Observing elections.

    - Strengthening civil society and community voices.

    - Building functional and effective relationships between communities and local government.


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