Disappontment at SA governance rating

May 24, 2011

Durban - Jay Naidoo says he is “tremendously disappointed” that South Africa once again ranked only 5th in this year’s Ibrahim Index of African Governance. South Africa fell one place - while gaining 0.6 percent in its governance score - since data was first collected in 2000. But it maintained its 5th place (out of 52 African countries ranked) from last year.

“We should be number one,” said Naidoo, former Cosatu general secretary and head of the Geneva Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

He is also a director of the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, which draws up the African governance index.
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Honorary Master
Apr 24, 2009
“Being number 5 is not something to pat ourselves on the back for. We produce a large part of the GDP of Africa. Why aren’t we number 1?”

The answer was largely to be found in educational shortcomings, the fact that South Africa was not producing people with the necessary skills to hold down good jobs or to create their own businesses, Naidoo said.
Surprise, surprise!! As long as 30% constitutes a pass in Matric, we will continue to slither around with the dregs of the world. :mad:


Expert Member
Nov 29, 2005
I am amazed - that we made it to number 5.

Personally I would have rated us at about number 20 ... :(


Expert Member
Oct 23, 2012
The problem is that we are still in the top 10 and for most in our government that is an achievement so I do not understand how they can not be happy. They are happy about the rest going to sh***t so a 5 should be good in their eyes........:whistling:


Honorary Master
Nov 29, 2012
Though South Africa was doing better at putting more kids through school, it was the quality of education which was the problem, he said.
“Neither Afro-pessimism nor Afro-optimism does justice to modern Africa,” he said. “This is now the age of Afro-realism - an honest outlook on our continent.
At last someone with a dim vision of light can be found in the ANC/Union ranks.

one of the most encouraging developments was that several states that had been mired in conflict - Liberia, Sierra Leone, Angola and Burundi - were now doing well, bucking the usual trend of post-conflict states which normally took 20 to 25 years to recover,
Yet it takes South Africa so long to "recover" with no hope or light in sight. The EFF thread are prove of that!