Indlulamithi South Africa Scenarios 2030 held a research conference in Johannesburg on 1-2 March 2018.

The conference convened researchers and leaders representing different sectors to discuss some of the research areas which have been identified to have a bearing on the realisation of a socially cohesive South Africa by 2030 and beyond. The agenda explored questions and variables that have already featured in Indlulamithi conversations – and gaps noted in the course of previous research. The reports presented can be accessed from the respective headings.


Political economy of a fractured world
By Lumkile Mondi, University of the Witwatersrand

SA’s demographic dividend
By Pali Lehohla, former statistician general

The structure of the South African economy and its implications for social cohesion
By Prof Alan Hirsch, University of Cape Town


Future of unemployment
By Anelile Gibixego, MISTRA

Relationship between youth & work
By Rob Urquhart, Harambee

Impact & future of SA labour laws
By Prof Haroon Bhorat, University of Cape Town

Telkom Scenarios: 4th industrial revolution
By Phindile Dyani, Telkom


The land question
By Dr Mbongiseni Buthelezi, Public Affairs Research Institute

Economic dimensions of climate change
By Tasneem Essop, National Planning Commission

MISTRA climate change scenarios
By Zamanzima Mazibuko, MISTRA


Lessons from the KZN commissions
By Adv Vasu Gounden, ACCORD

Role of basic education in social cohesion
By Prof Wendy Ngoma, Angle Tide Business Solutions

Mother-tongue education
By Dr Lindiwe Tshuma, AIMSSEC


South African crime: Future directions
By Dr Andrew Faull,
University of Cape Town

Human trafficking: new risks on the horizon
By Marcel van der Watt, University of South Africa

The nature of gender-based violence in South Africa
By Marike Keller, Sonke Gender Justice


Perspectives on media/journalism/public information
By Prof Glenda Daniels, University of the Witwatersrand

The South African family
By Dzunisani Mathonsi, MISTRA

The South African middle-class & its potential
By Themba Moleketi, MISTRA

Lessons from other contexts
By Towela Ng’ambi, MISTRA


Intergenerational trauma & woundedness
By Dr Mamphela Ramphele

Early field research on intergenerational trauma
By Wandile Ngcaweni, MISTRA

South African Spatial Justice
By Hassen Mohamed, SA Department of performance monitoring and evaluation

South Africa’s Spatial Future
By Prof Ivan Turok, Human Sciences Research Council

Qualitative research

Insights from affluent South African youth

Indlulamithi South Africa Scenarios 2030 commissioned an online research project to gather the insights and perspectives of 70 affluent South African youth representing different socio-economic and demographic groups. The group of respondents was aged 18 to 35 and came from eight out of the nine provinces.

The research questions were created to address the following objectives:

  • Understanding what social cohesion means to participants
  • Assessing how socially cohesive participants feel South Africa currently is
  • Exploring the future of social cohesion in South Africa