Honesty and integrity key to sustainable economic development – Mogoeng

2016-11-17 11:52
Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng  (Lerato Sejake, News24).

Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng (Lerato Sejake, News24).

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Johannesburg – Business leaders who allow truth to guide how they conduct business will help transform the world in line with the United Nation’s development goals, Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has said.

The chief justice, who is also a pastor, was speaking in Johannesburg on Thursday at a Christ Redeemer Friends' International gathering to discuss the UN's 2030 agenda for sustainable development.

"The challenge is many business entities enter into social contracts and responsibilities in areas they mine and own businesses. How many honour the undertakings they have made to communities?" Mogoeng asked.

The event, which was held in partnership with the Gauteng province, was aimed at reflecting on the political and socio-economic growth and development vision and strategy for the province.

Global economic powerhouse

Using a series of examples from the Bible during his short opening remarks, Mogoeng highlighted the need for principled leadership that protects the environment it operates within, stating that that would ensure the good health of communities around the globe.

He raised concerns about the altering of results in environmental studies in exchange for money.

"Those charged with the responsibility to enforce what the impact studies point to will not even think twice about accepting a bribe," said Mogoeng.

Highlighting Africa's role in the global economy, the chief justice said he believed it was once a powerhouse which still had the potential to return to that status.

He spoke of what he called "a well-endowed continent" with "beautiful tourist attractions and all kinds of natural resources". Africa also had the capacity to feed itself and the "better part of the world" because of its fertile soil, he said.

The chief justice also urged Christians to portray true Christianity and not live lives that are against what is dictated by the religion.

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