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ECONOMY

Stokvels have provided financial security and social well being for rural South Africans for many years. Is there a future for such traditional saving schemes?

  • a) Yes, it’s a survival strategy, as long as there are disadvantaged communities there will be a place for them
  • b) No, they are too traditional for a modern society
  • c) Yes, the collective nature of these schemes promotes a feeling of safety and social involvement
  • d)
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ENVIRONMENT

It’s said that South Africa’s water resources need to double in the next 10yrs to meet demand. What do you think of this?

  • a) Water infrastructure development needs major investment to meet demand
  • b) It’s not only about infrastructure development, we also need to preserve current supplies
  • c) As a consumer, I just hope the increased investment does not mean increased tariffs
  • d)
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EMPLOYMENT

The government aims to reduce South Africa’s unemployment rate to 14% by 2020. Do you think this is possible?

  • a) Not without first addressing skills development-people need to be employable
  • b) Yes, but focus needs to be on infrastructure that promotes economic efficiency & reduces costs for businesses and for individuals
  • c) Yes, with a focus on entrepreneurship and reduced cost of operating a business
  • d)
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POVERTY

Arbor week sees the distribution of seedlings and planting of fruit trees around the country. Do you think this benefits communities?

  • a) Yes, it will help alleviate poverty by addressing food security concerns
  • b) It will have a short-term benefit if people aren’t taught how to sustain their gardens
  • c) No, it’s a fun initiative but won’t even begin to address food and poverty issues
  • d)
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