Pravin: it's not rocket science

2016-02-22 11:20

Dear Pravin Gordhan, firstly congratulations on your (very sudden!) appointment. You have an immense task ahead of you. So here are some tips that work.

In a word, copy Singapore. In 1965 it was a typical Third World country with a per capita income of only $500. Today, its per capita income is $55 000.

So how did Singapore do it? Three things:

1) They implemented MERITOCRACY. Which meant they picked the best people to run the country, not the relatives or friends of the ruling party.

2) They searched the world for 'best practices' and implemented them. They said; 'No matter what problem Singapore has, somebody somewhere, has solved it. Let us copy them and not try and reinvent the wheel.

3) The hardest thing to do, but they largely did it: THEY STAMPED OUT CORRUPTION.

Which relates back to point 1).  

That meant putting intelligent people of integrity in charge who WOULD NOT TOLERATE NEPOTISM, CRONYISM, OR THEFT OF PUBLIC FUNDS.

Mr Gordhan, you are now in a very powerful position, given the Nene/van Rooyen debacle which has weakened Zuma's position even more. Be bold. And adopt Singapore's 'world best practice.' We all could really do with an annual per capita income of over half a million Rands right now.


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