At Brand South Africa's Gauteng Stakeholders Workshop in Sandton in August, results from its research projects and insights from global surveys were discussed. The research offers some positive outlooks for the country and the population, with the numbers to back it up.
South Africans, on the whole, have a high level of social cohesion and good active citizenship. To boost levels further, young people and marginalised groups in particular need to be targeted, according to Brand South Africa's Domestic Perceptions Survey.
The role of South African women in politics has increased since the end of apartheid through policy changes and organisations set up to enable women's rights. Data from United Nations Women has shown that the country is faring decently in enabling women to take an active role in government.
Most African professionals living abroad would love to return home, and almost all retain strong links of family and friendship to their countries. These were some of the insights from a survey by Homecoming Revolution, presented by CEO Angel Jones at the brain gain company's Speed Meet Jozi event in Sandton last week.
Over the past 10 years Brand South Africa's annual national perception survey has identified trends shaping society to help predict how these are likely to play out in the future. The latest study produced valuable insights into the youth, and how their perceptions will shape the National Development Plan.
The African academic diaspora can contribute positively to the continent – by offering their skills and expertise, or training young academics – especially if they partner up with African universities, writes Osabuohien P. Amienyi.
The arrival of The Conversation Africa website allows journalists in newsrooms and researchers and academics in universities to join forces for ground-breaking work. Articles on the site are also allowed to be republished elsewhere, so the information reaches more readers.