Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world

NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN OUTCOME 11

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In 2030, South Africa is a globally competitive economy and a leading member of the family of nations. The country contributes to sustainable development, democracy, the rule of law, human rights and security in a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a fair and just world.

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South Africa’s place in the world – Downloads

Find out more about the National Development Plan.

National Development Plan – full text
National Development Plan – Chapter 7: South Africa in the region and the world
Medium-Term Strategic Framework 2014 to 2019 – Outcome 11: Create a better South Africa, contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world
Infographic: Positioning South Africa in the world

South Africa’s place in the world – The vision

The National Development Plan’s vision is that, in 2030, South Africa is a globally competitive economy informed by its national interests, and an influential and leading member of the international community.

South Africa promotes and contributes to sustainable development, democracy, the rule of law, human rights, and peace and security, within a safe, peaceful and prosperous Southern African region and Africa, as well as a fair and just world.

By 2030:

• Intra-regional trade in Southern Africa should increase from 7% of trade to 25% of trade by 2030.
• South Africa’s trade with regional neighbours should increase from 15% of our trade to 30%.

South Africa’s place in the world – The challenges

A number of international trends present challenges to the vision of regionally integrated Africa, a peaceful and prosperous continent, and a fair and just world. These include:

• Infinite national and international variables in an unpredictable world.
• The complex nature of conflict and insecurity and the drivers thereof.
• Dominant international players and conflicting national interest driven by a demand for raw materials.

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• Predominance of narrow national interest worldwide to the exclusion of multilateralism.
• Non-accountability of non-state actors (multinational companies, terrorism, organised crime, rebel movements, piracy, extremism etc.).
• Proliferation of regional trade agreements, including in Africa.
• An unreformed global system of governance.
• Prioritisation globally of civil and political rights over economic, social and cultural rights.
• The multifaceted consequences of migration.
• Development of advanced and larger modes of air transportation.
• Demographic challenges including the youth bulge and ageing populations.
• Development and infrastructure challenges in Africa.
• Narrow intergovernmental approach to African regional integration.
• Commitment to developmental integration in Africa.

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South Africa’s place in the world – Action required

There are a number of opportunities that can be exploited to achieve the vision. These include:

• Bloc forming to achieve consensus to overcome intractable multilateral differences.
• Multipolarity: movement away from unipolar world.
• Rise of the emerging economies in the South.
• The political influence of BRICS – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – on the global agenda.
• Advances in technology and new applications.

South Africa must also support regional and continental processes to respond to and resolve crises, strengthen regional integration, significantly increase intra-African trade, and champion sustainable development and opportunities in Africa.

Specific action includes:

• Focus trade penetration and diplomatic presence in fast-growing markets (Asia, Brazil and Africa).
Implement a focused regional integration strategy with emphasis on:
• Road, rail and port infrastructure in the region.
• Reducing red tape, corruption and delays at border posts.
• Using financial institutions to partner with businesses wanting to expand on the continent.
• Strengthening regional cooperation in food and energy markets and water management.
• Identifying and promoting practical opportunities for cooperation based on complementary national endowments.

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South Africa’s place in the world – Key medium-term goals for 2019

South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following sub-outcomes to create a better South Africa and contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world.

• South Africa’s national priorities advanced in bilateral engagements
• An economically integrated Southern Africa
• Political cohesion within Southern Africa to ensure a peaceful, secure and stable region
• A peaceful, secure and stable Africa
• A sustainable, developed and economically integrating Africa
• An equitable and just system of global governance
• Strong, mutually beneficial South-South cooperation
• Beneficial relations with strategic formations of the North

South Africa’s place in the world – Key medium-term targets for 2019

South Africa’s Medium Term Strategic Framework (2014 to 2019) identifies the following targets to create a better South Africa and contribute to a better and safer Africa in a better world.

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 Researched, edited and compiled by Mary Alexander
Updated December 2015