With Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni about to rise to present his budget speech, you may think it strange that this column deals with social cohesion and not the economic
and Covid-19 crises we face.

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development(OECD)describes a cohesive society asone that “works towards the wellbeing of all its members, fights exclusion and marginalisation, creates a sense of belonging, promotes trust and offers its members the opportunity of upward social mobility”. This dichotomy of social cohesion as a means to, and an end of, development was laid bare this past weekend when the ANC hosted a virtual roundtable on its social cohesion and national question policy document.