Nation urged to ‘fix itself’

2012-12-16 10:00

With the ANC’s elective conference under way, five business leaders explain why they called for unity in SA

As the ANC goes into its elective conference in Mangaung today, 30 South African business leaders placed a newspaper advert urging the nation to fix itself.

In their call, the business leaders said: “While it is true that labour relations are under stress, that some have lost confidence in our country’s long-term success and that trust has to be rebuilt in key areas of our society, together we can renew faith in our country and provide jobs – charting a new economic and social trajectory.”

They added: “We want a winning nation, and call upon all South Africans to?.?.?.?unite to create a South Africa that we can all be proud of.”

The statement acknowledges that “South Africa faces major challenges, with 2012 characterised globally and domestically by economic distress, geopolitical changes and much-needed introspection”.

This week, City Press spoke to five of those business leaders who signed the statement and asked them the following questions:

»?How can we fix our crisis in education so that we can get the skills we require for the proper functioning of our economy and the social and economic development of our citizens?

»?How can South Africa enforce the many laws and policies on public and private sector bribery, fraud, corruption and anti-competitive business practices?

»?How do we strengthen the protection of whistle-blowers and the agency of those who wish to see a clean institutional culture in South Africa?

»?How do we approach the festering health crisis and finally curb the scourge of HIV/Aids in our country in a way that will ensure an HIV-free generation?

»?How do we calibrate the balance between consumption and production in our economy in a way that will ensure growth and stability?

»?How do we achieve a growth rate akin to that of other peer emerging markets?

»?How do we reduce unemployment to 6% by 2030?

»?How do we ensure South African infrastructure development keeps pace with anticipated growth?

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