Zuma meets business, labour to discuss SA economy hassles

2012-10-17 11:33

President Jacob Zuma has convened a follow-up summit with leaders of organised labour and business to discuss problems facing the South African economy.

The conference, held at the Union Buildings, came on the heels of a meeting on Friday evening at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse.

Today’s closed-door meeting was attended by several government and other officials, including Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan, Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi, and Joseph Mathunjwa, president of the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union.

The summit coincides with the annual International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.

The day, officially recognised by the United Nations, is aimed at raising awareness for the need to eradicate poverty across the world.

A statement on the presidency’s website said the conference would discuss problems bedevilling South Africa, emanating from slowing global economic growth, the industrial relations environment in the country, and the need to speed up the fight against poverty, inequality, and unemployment.

The statement said at the deliberations the parties would be led by the presidents of Business Unity SA, the Black Business Council, Cosatu, Federation of Unions of SA, and the National Council of Trade Unions.

Later, Zuma was scheduled to meet the leadership of the Progressive Women’s Movement of South Africa, which was elected in July.

The delegation would be led by national convenor Hlengiwe Mkhize, who is also deputy minister of economic development.

Discussions in that meeting would focus on developmental programmes for women in South Africa.

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