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Card image 07 January 2019 Daily Maverick

Urban-rural collaboration part of the recipe for balanced development

To mark the 40th anniversary of its opening-up policy, China hosted an international forum to share the lessons of its metamorphosis from an impoverished agrarian society to a powerhouse of the global economy. One of the country’s best-kept secrets revealed at the forum was the collaboration fostered between cities and rural areas to induce development in lagging regions. South Africa could learn much from this experience of building prosperity and cohesion from the bottom up through reciprocal actions by localities.

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