ERIC Number: EJ719233
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Reference Count: 41
South Africa's Economic Development Trajectory: Implications for Skills Development
Mayer, Marina J.; Altman, Miriam
Journal of Education and Work, v18 n1 p33-56 Mar 2005
This article argues that skills development in South Africa must be aligned to the economic and political imperatives of reducing unemployment and poverty, while fostering growth and international competitiveness. The legacy of a resource-based economy, overlaid by apartheid policies, has resulted in widespread poverty, inequality and unemployment existing alongside globally competitive industries. It is therefore necessary to foster employment through the provision of basic needs such as infrastructure, healthcare and education to the poor, while at the same time deepening linkages within the domestic economy to broaden economic participation and actively promoting international competitiveness to enhance exports. This analysis points to the need for a dual development trajectory. The first level requires a high skills trajectory to support the ongoing expansion of high-value traded goods and services. The second level requires the expansion of low productivity, non-traded goods and services to redress unemployment and must be underpinned by the provision of low and intermediate skills.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Unemployment, Racial Bias, Racial Segregation, Industrialization, Poverty, Economic Development, Skill Development, Democracy, Public Policy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Africa