Sizwe Mbele: BLSA calls upon minister to seize the mini budget to create unity of purpose

Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba will today deliver his maiden Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS). There is much at stake. Following the so-called ‘night of the long knives’ at the end of March, when President Jacob Zuma reshuffled his cabinet and sacked former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, there has been considerable consternation about the state of…

Sim Tshabalala: Dispelling some of the myths about SA’s banks

Our parliamentary democracy should be a source of pride for all South Africans. Our MPs do their jobs on the portfolio committees with impressive professionalism. This was certainly Standard Bank’s experience when we participated in the parliamentary hearings on transformation in the financial sector this past March. The committees’ draft interim report is equally thoughtful.…

Bonang Mohale: Minister Patel on stronger ground if he broadens his focus

WE NOTE Minister Ebrahim Patel’s comments last week about the high cost of economic concentration, collusion and anti-competitive practices in the economy. Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) agrees with the Minister that there is no room for such practices in the economy. We announced last month, an integrity pledge committing members to the highest standards…