Integrated development will harness demographic dividend-SANCO

The South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) on Wednesday urged government to redouble efforts towards integrated development to harness the country’s demographic dividend. This follows the release of statistics from the Poverty Trends in South Africa report revealing that 30 million South Africans are living in poverty. “Employment, education, skills management, health and well-being and good governance are wheels of development that need to roll if the country is to achieve the targets set in the National Development Plan by 2030,” commented SANCO National Spokesperson, Jabu Mahlangu to the report released by Statistician General,Pali Lehohla on Tuesday. Mahlangu said that the country’s economic recovery is critical to address grinding poverty affecting households, youth unemployment and inequality. There must be a sense of urgency to address the dire situation affecting the unemployed, the majority of whom are young people, he said. He cautioned that further retrenchments in the mining and delayed development of other growth sectors will deepen the crisis and create political instability unless the private sector makes its contribution towards meeting national goals.