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Make no mistake. The ANC Policy Conference this weekend
comes at a crunch time for our economy.
The red flags are going up everywhere: from the recession we
are in; to the fact that we now have 17 million grant recipients compared to 16
million people in employment which cannot be sustainable; to the constant
conflict around the composition of SOE boards; to the downgrading of our country
by the ratings agencies; to the potential water shortages in key areas and
Yes, we are in a crisis and we need to admit it.
As the Chinese say, out of every crisis comes an
opportunity. In this case it is an opportunity for the ANC to move away from
the issue of who is going to be the next leader, to coming out with a statement
after the meeting about how the top 10 most pressing issues facing the country
will be tackled.
Short and sweet, no political ambivalence, no blame game:
just a positive vision of the turnaround strategy and the actions to be taken
over the next 12 months to make it happen.
Here are my top ten issues:
What are we going to do to improve the quality
of education and make it more relevant for the job market that exists today?
What technologies can we use to make good teachers go a long way?
How are we going to create the space and support
system in our economy for a new generation of African entrepreneurs to set up
businesses in South Africa some of which will become international world class
How will we turn the answer to question 2 into
reality? Will it be purely about implementing the NDP or do we need an economic
Codesa to get general buy-in to the concept?
How can the fight against corruption be
intensified so that we do not end up experiencing the tragedy of Venezuela
today where citizens are walking across the border for food?
How do we begin the process of transforming land
ownership in the most positive way so that skills are not lost and food
security is maintained?
How do we copy China in establishing an
infrastructure that allows the economy to grow at a minimum of 5% per annum and
in particular address the problem of water becoming a scarce commodity in these
times of climate change?
How do we get National Health Insurance on the
road so that we become the country envied in the world because of the quality
of universal health care we offer? The National Health System in the UK copies
us rather than the other way round.
How do we come up with new approaches to law and
order so that we are perceived as a much safer country by our own citizens as
well as foreigners?
What can be done to overcome the problem of
xenophobia and to fast-track the application for permanent residence by
would-be migrants to this country?
How can municipalities attract high calibre
personnel so that they all get a clean sheet in the annual audit process at the
same time as delivering on all the basic services they are supposed to provide
to the communities they look after?
I encourage readers of this
column to add other suggestions as this list is not complete and we are at the biggest
tipping point since we became a democracy in 1994.
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