The workshop brought together representatives from the business community, labour organisations, civil society, political formations, public representatives, senior government officials, and ordinary individuals.
"It (workshop) is intended to help us engage and consult non-governmental organisations, civil society, labour movements and others particularly in professional areas, in order to ensure that not only is the 25 year review principally about government asking the questions but about the entire South African society asking itself what it has achieved, the challenges and what the dream for South Africa is for the next 25 years," said the DPME's Director General Mpumi Mpofu.
Calling for critical and forward thinking, Mpofu urged stakeholders to engage on their experiences over the past 25 years, reflect on implemented interventions, outline achievements, challenges and lessons learned, and share solutions that could shape future plans.
"Through the workshops and ultimately the review, we want to provide solutions to current and future problems," said Mpofu.
In a bid to find solutions, the Director-General made mention of the challenges that will be brought by the imminent fourth industrial revolution and urged stakeholders to take into account these emerging challenges.
The workshop then entered into commissions on issues of poverty, inequality, unemployment, social cohesion, gender, youth and the emerging industrial revolution within the context of their focus areas.
(With Inputs from South African Government Press Release)