Apartheidby another name?

2017-02-14 06:01

READING about the Preferential Procurement regulations makes one feel like we are going back into the apartheid era. When you prefer one race over the next or exclude a race, surely this is exactly what we are trying to get away from?

Cyril Ramaphosa said: “Our people will not be relegated to beggars, bystanders and onlookers to the economy.” I surmise that he is not referring to all South Africans but to black people, more to the point, Africans.

Awarding tenders to black-owned small enterprises will enrich the already wealthy as many have political connections and backers who are gifted with tenders. It is the upper- and middle-class black folk who are making easy money, just like many whites did during apartheid, with strong connections and little competition.

We as the taxpayer get less bang for our taxes and generally get worse services or products at inflated prices. This equates to less money in the coffers, money that could be spent on training, development and education. It is in these areas that the poor and forgotten will be given the lifeline they are crying out for and that the ANC is too blind to see.

LESTER DAY

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