Case | HBS Case Collection | August 1997 (Revised September 2004)

South Africa: Getting in GEAR

by Richard H.K. Vietor


In 1997, Thabo Mbeki is contemplating South Africa's performance since the end of Apartheid in 1994. The economy has done fairly well, but the government's macroeconomic strategy calls for higher growth and employment creation. The case describes the country's history, especially Apartheid, and various social problems that persist: unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, AIDS, crime, and education. Tries to understand the interaction between these problems and the macroeconomic strategy, and considers whether another approach is necessary.

Keywords: History; Strategy; Development Economics; Social Issues; Macroeconomics; South Africa;


Vietor, Richard H.K. "South Africa: Getting in GEAR." Harvard Business School Case 798-012, August 1997. (Revised September 2004.)