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Rebuild SA – Webinar Series – #3 Rebuilding Government
November 24, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Gauteng City-Region Observatory (GCRO) and the Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection (MISTRA) have partnered to host a series of three webinars under the theme ‘Rebuild SA’. These three dialogues respond to the recent turmoil in KZN and Gauteng coming in the wake of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on lives, livelihoods and our democracy generally over the last year; the low economic growth SA was experiencing before the pandemic, and which worsened in 2020; and the challenges the state has been facing generally post the period of state capture.
These issues constitute the fundamental challenges facing our country. They require a multiplicity of voices – government, business, academia and civil society – to both unpack what has happened and to develop solutions-oriented insights and ideas that would help rebuild South Africa. The Rebuild SA webinar series aims to deepen the conversation around recent events and possible paths to recovery through three interrelated dialogues: (1) Rebuilding Communities, (2) Rebuilding Economies, and (3) Rebuilding Government.
After the series, GCRO and MISTRA will be working on a joint publication titled Rebuilding, which will reflect on webinar inputs and discussions.
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Rebuilding Government examines the functionality of the state, focusing on weaknesses exposed and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic and the July 2021 events. It also considers aspects of state resilience in the recent period in order to deepen understanding of what a ‘capable state’ is, and how we can achieve it?