South Africans ‘make too much noise’ — Gordhan

2012-06-28 00:00

FINANCE Minister Pravin Gordhan believes South Africans should make less “noise” and find more common ground for the sake of the economy.

Answering a question on social cohesion at the ANC’s Progressive Business Forum breakfast in Midrand yesterday, he said South Africans were too loud. “In South Africa we are more noisy than we need to be and we need to work harder to find common ground.”

All South Africans should ensure that they attracted greater confidence in the country.

“We need to work harder to find a consensus and common purpose. If we don’t, we will all suffer the consequences,” Gordhan said, adding that he was an optimist.

But he said government still needed to do a lot to eradicate the scars of apartheid.

“We sometimes forget that apartheid ever existed. It has left some serious scars on the South African psyche and body politic, and structures.”

This still affected schools, rural development as well as opportunities that people had, he said.

The ANC had done a lot in the past 18 years but still needed to do more, especially to solve the country’s structural problems.

“Post-1994 ... we haven’t been able to do is change the fundamental structure of the economy.

“What the last three years have shown is that you can’t get the state to disappear, if the state disappears then who will bail out the banks and all sorts of things around the world? So there is a new realisation that there is a place for the state in the South African economy and particularly in economic language there is a concept of market failure.”

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