The importance of strong, autonomous and effective institutions has been demonstrated in recent months. This is true for the key institutions of economic management and of constitutional governance.

Business Leadership South Africa has increased its engagements with and support for civil society around shared principles. Our media statements (hyperlink) reflect our collective position in respect of threats to our nation’s sovereignty, governance and economic stability.

In BUSA and BLSA’s recent submission to the SACP imbizo we stated:

Business stands for a South Africa where:

  • The Constitution is the foundation of our society, polity and economy; a society where the Constitution is respected, our state and Chapter 9 institutions are independent from external influence, and the rule of law is respected and prevails.
  • The state is strong and capable.
  • Acknowledgment that an inclusive economy can only be built on the foundation of a thriving business sector. You can’t be “pro-poor and anti-business”.
  • We are not party political, we are not anti-ANC, we are not interested in regime change, or internal ANC factional battles. Business requires political stability, and this requires a strong ANC and Alliance.
  • We are patriots and are ready and willing to play our role in building the progressive vision for the country envisaged in the Constitution.
  • We can only achieve South Africa’s potential if the state, business, labour, and civil society work hand-in-hand.