We can’t rebuild the capacity of the state without holding political office bearers and public servants to greater levels of accountability.
If South Africa is to fully recover from the effects of Covid-19 and the economy is recast for inclusive growth, we are going to need a capable state.
Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) welcomes President Cyril Ramaphosa’s commitment to ensure that the public service is staffed by skilled, honest and ethical professionals who will be at the forefront of ensuring that we have an ethical state that is free from corruption.
Of all the structural fault-lines in the SA economy, the decades-long rise in joblessness has been our most difficult to overcome. The pandemic has worsened the jobs crisis, as was showed this week.
Business Leadership South Africa welcomes Mboweni’s budget which showed the fruits of better-than-expected economic recovery and tax collection over the past several months.
This week’s budget speech should provide for surprisingly better headlines about the short-term state of the fiscus compared to previous expectations as higher growth from the bullish commodity markets boosts state coffers, making it unlikely that finance minister Tito Mboweni will have to increase taxes.
Some political players are resorting to conspiracy theories to pin the blame for the poor investment sentiment towards South Africa on investors.
BLSA agrees with President Cyril Ramaphosa on his four overriding priorities: defeat Covid; accelerate the economic recovery; accelerate economic reform to drive inclusive growth; and fight corruption. A determined focus on those priorities will help to address an array of the country’s problems.
Delivering a state-of-the nation address when your country nears the 50,000-fatality mark from Covid-19 must rank as the most difficult that any modern-day South African president has had to do. The difficulties have been compounded by questions arising about the efficacy of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which has slowed the rollout in SA. Under these conditions,…
This year’s state of the nation address (Sona) takes on a much different hue from those of yesteryear for one important fact: we’ve all been disrupted.
The issue of land reform needs to be tackled with sensitivity, sensibility and within the full ambit of the law. While we cannot afford to ignore the issue any longer, neither can we tackle it with recklessness.