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20 YEAR REVIEW - Synthesis Report

The Twenty Year Review was launched by President Jacob Zuma on 11 March 2014. The Review reflects on how the country has progressed since the dawn of democracy in 1994, the challenges it still faces and how these can best be addressed. Hard copies of the Review have been disseminated to various relevant sectors, networks and government departments for use in their own work. There has been a steady demand for the Review as it provides a reflection on how far we have come as a society since 1994. Going forward, it is being used to inform implementation of the National Development Plan. Limited copies are available on request.

For general enquiries please contact Harsha Dayal at telephone (012) 312 0166 or email to

20 YEAR REVIEW – Thematic Background papers

The 20 Year Review synthesis report was informed by several thematic areas. These are regarded as focal areas to tell the story of South Africa’s progress since democracy. The 21 thematic background papers are written by officials in the Presidency and other government departments using research and other evidence to inform progress, sector developments and challenges still remaining. The body of work that went into developing these papers was extensive with the goal of understanding where we came from in order to inform South Africa’s future trajectory.  Each of the thematic papers underwent peer-reviewing and editing, guided by a common conceptual framework.

As we approach the end of the 20th year of democracy and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter in 2015, we hope to keep the momentum alive. The papers are now available for use within various knowledge sharing spaces and serve to act as catalysts for dialogue and engagement between all those stakeholders who need to come together to implement the National Development Plan and effect positive change in our society.

For general enquiries please contact Harsha Dayal at telephone (012) 312 0166 or email to


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