SACSIS columnist, Leonard Gentle, challenged Dr. Haroon Bhorat's assertion that every issue does not have to be a normative one, at a roundtable discussion co-hosted by SACSIS and the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung South Africa Office.
Surely the starting point is to take a position on inequality, he argued.
The roundtable discussion, which examined the media's perspective of the South African economy, put the following questions to editors: Is the economy on the right growth path? What are the prospects for making it more inclusive? How does the media report on the economy? Does the media have a vision for South Africa's economic development?
Media speakers at the event included, Mondli Makhanya (Editor in Chief, Avusa Media/Chairperson, SANEF), Nic Dawes (Editor in Chief of the Mail & Guardian), Reg Rumney (Head of the Centre for Economics Journalism in Africa, Rhodes University) and Alide Dasnois (Editor of the Cape Times).