Economic growth is essential to turn the corner from the current financial problems facing the country. This was one of the themes at the 2018 Discovery Leadership Summit held in Sandton, Joburg, on Thursday.
Various players in the private and public sectors, including former US president Bill Clinton and African Rainbow Minerals founder and chairperson Patrice Motsepe, unpacked their insights, expertise and strategies on issues relating to governance, business, economics and science.
One of the keynote speakers, former US first lady and senator Hillary Clinton, said a healthy society could be compared to a three-legged stool which stands when there is a functioning, effective and honest government; a productive, dynamic and successful private sector; and a flourishing civil society.
“The legs have to be stable and equal. And they are unequal in most of the world. There is work for all of us to do,” said the former US presidential candidate.
Asked by Discovery chief executive Adrian Gore about their world view, the Clintons said they were hopeful about democracies around the world. But they cautioned against ungoverned technology and artificial intelligence possibly threatening job security in economies such as South Africa.