Response to National Development Plan

by Ralph Freese



Brilliant analysis – Lets get practical

In these, the best and worst of times, we face a crisis of mammoth proportion. The project of transforming SA is heading for the rocks. Globally, solutions are being sought for failures of governance and regulation brought about largely by rampant greed on the part of the powerful. Short term measures of success apply in every sphere. No vision, too little humanity, no soul.

In this globalized world SA is swept along seemingly helplessly, yet we have the aspirations, skills and tools to reset our vision and, in many practical ways, transform our future.


Jobs, a large injection into the economy and houses "for all" are what we need. To achieve these we need a purpose that galvanises the nation utilizing the intelligence and experience distributed through our society to address this crisis.

This is my shot at it. I assume that everyone reading this will disagree with parts, see faults in my reasoning and find factual failures. Record them and respond. I hope, also, that ideas and possibilities will worm their way into consciousness. Write down these ideas and contribute them to shaping an open source solution - constructed by all, owned by no one. If it takes root and grows it will be unrecognisable when we harvest its fruit.


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Ralph Freese talk at USB
(Stellenbosch University Business school)

25 years ago South African civil society was at the zenith of it’s power and influence. Any analysis today would prove a dramatic reduction in the power wielded by civil society which has in turn, contributed to a destabilizing of our country.
Power in modern countries is (simply) vested in three somewhat amorphous and chaotic groups. Firstly, government and the political parties that contest that space, secondly, the owners and managers of the economy and thirdly, civil society. Clearly these are not tightly or exclusively defined but the power wielded within the groups amalgamates to serve the interests of each group. More importantly, when all three sectors are reasonably healthy and engaged in a three way “dialectic” societies are most productive and stable – delivering to all. Whenever one leg of this tripod holding the state in check is weakened, unsustainable practices serving the interests of the remaining two sectors emerge. If my first assertion is valid, the withdrawal from power by civil society leaves us open to the unchecked aspirations of the remaining legs of the tripod. Greed for power and wealth rules.


Read full article Ralph Freese talk at USB

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