SA needs to marry policy and ideology – Gordhan

2010-10-29 07:22

South Africa needed to find a relationship between ideology and policy that would significantly improve the lives of the poor, finance minister Pravin Gordhan said yesterday.

“We need to ask ourselves what is the relationship between ideology and policy. After that analysis, we need to formulate a programme that would have a significant impact in changing people’s lives for the better,” Gordhan told the Development Policy Research Unit’s 20-year anniversary celebration in Fourways, Johannesburg.

However, the finance minister said the idea in itself was meaningless because people on the ground did not care about ideas and policies; they wanted to see change.

He said a balance between growth and development was needed.

“We need to think and ask ourselves how do we link these two, and alleviate poverty and unemployment at the same time.”

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