Mondli Makhanya | Move on from social compact

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The call for a social compact amounts to a demand that the poor continue to disproportionately suffer to help repair the system that caused that suffering in the first place. Photo: Archive
The call for a social compact amounts to a demand that the poor continue to disproportionately suffer to help repair the system that caused that suffering in the first place. Photo: Archive

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The idea of a social compact for South Africa, which is now very much in vogue again, predates the birth of our democracy.

It was in the air in the early 1990s during the transition, as different stakeholders and thinkers sought recipes that would make the nation that would emerge from apartheid’s rubble a success. It was posited back then as the best way to manage the relationship between different societal stakeholders and get them towards the general good of the country.

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