Moody's recently downgraded its rating of South Africa's economy, but that should not prevent the country from planning for the long term. The idea of long-term goals rather than a short economic cycle had currency at a debate on building an inclusive economy, where the example of Germany's reunification was also flown.
A core message of the National Development Plan will form the basis of the South African Competitiveness Forum. Based on the principles of Brand South Africa's Play Your Part, it will call on all citizens to work towards changing the country's reputation and competitiveness.
Mentor mothers - HIV-positive mothers - support and empower other women living with the virus to ensure they don't infect their children, particularly during pregnancy, labour, birth and early childhood.
Despite undertakings by the government and corporates, South African women on average earn 28.1% less than their male counterparts. The gender pay gap goes back a long way, with women generally confined to lower-paid, less-skilled jobs, or kept back by the glass ceiling.
• Educated children help the nation grow