Especially in a depressed world economy, increasing South African workers’ productivity becomes more urgent. In general, increases in productivity depend upon advances in workers’ English literacy. Sophisticated job training, the key to increased productivity and profit, certainly depends upon sophisticated English literacy. As more large multi-national corporations train their workers with online curricula, South African workers must have sufficient English literacy to learn and apply skills, techniques, and values delivered via the internet. The nation’s sustained economic development depends on its promotion of English literacy.
Similarly, in order to properly distribute the benefits of sustained economic growth, South Africa must continue developing its value for ethnic and cultural diversity. The nation must find courage to promote the literature of the ethnic experience in South Africa, making powerful writing style more accessible to wider audiences. We cannot strengthen this country without advances in English literacy.