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Presidency of South Africa

Development Indicators Mid-Term Review: South Africa

Presidency of South Africa

June 2007

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In the Ten Year Review done towards the end of the First Decade of Freedom, government emphasised the need for better monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of its programmes.

Monitoring and evaluation is the life-blood of sound and efficient planning and implementation. For it to add value to government work and to the broader process of social transformation, it should be based on objective measurements that reflect the ideals in our Constitution: to improve the quality of life of all South Africans and ensure that South Africa contributes to the creation of a better Africa and a better world.

Cabinet has approved a set of key development indicators to provide evidence-based pointers to the evolution of our society. Based in part on Ten Year Review's human development indicators, they are markers that help define the milestones in the journey of social change.

The Policy Coordination and Advisory Services (PCAS) in The Presidency, working with the Clusters of Directors-General and with Departments compiled data on each of the 72 indicators, informed by international good practice adapted to South African conditions.

This publication summarises the data on trends mainly for the period leading up to the middle of this government's term, two-and-half years after the April 2004 elections. The information, sourced from official statistics and research by local and international institutions, has been clustered into ten broad themes:

  • economic growth and transformation
  • employment
  • poverty and inequality
  • household and community assets
  • health
  • education
  • social cohesion
  • safety and security
  • international
  • good governance
We do hope that South Africans will examine the data against the backdrop of their lived experience and research work conducted independently of government.

This will help enrich public discourse on who we are and where we are going as a nation. It will also lay the basis for national consensus on how we should measure the progress we are making towards a better life for all.

Joel Netshitenzhe
Head: Policy Unit (PCAS)

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