In many ways the South African government is already addressing the SDGs, albeit indirectly. This includes initiatives aimed at using technology to improve maternal healthas well as quality of education to improving food security. On a technical level, Statistics South Africa has launched a baseline indicator report on the SDGs.

Civil society and the private sector are also increasingly focusing on the SDGs. Many initiatives can be cited, notably innovative programmes aimed at addressing youth unemployment, and promoting youth entrepreneurship.

The three most important items on the country’s to do list are to:

  • finalise a national SDG coordination mechanism
  • build on existing momentum in the public, private and civil society sectors, and
  • capitalise on the expertise at universities.

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