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Songezo Zibi forms think-tank to take on 'deepening sense of national crisis'

Its second pillar, according to a statement, will be to develop ways in which to reshape and modernise the economy to make it more inclusive and capable of competing in a rapidly changing world where climate change is causing further strife and suffering.

“Unlike traditional think-tanks, we will make these ideas accessible to South Africans from all walks of life, engaging in structured public dialogues to help us to gain useful insights into the life experiences of our people. This is so we can further strengthen the reform ideas we develop.

“Finally, we are building a world-class leadership development programme so that we can have a corps of energetic modernisers that are situated in different spheres of SA society. Not only will they share the same vision, they will also commit to working together to introduce these ideas and principles in their spheres of influence,” said Zibi.

He said the RC is inspired by the country’s constitution, which recognises our past and the need to make the necessary sacrifices and effort to build a more just and inclusive future.

“We do not blame the constitution for lack of will or capability to help the SA people to change their lives for the better. We believe that the social democratic values of justice, equality, freedom and solidarity are the finest expression of our constitution’s ideals, and as such we believe SA’s future should be positively social democratic.”

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