Manuel: SA needs faster progress

2012-08-15 14:11

Cape Town - Without faster progress, there is a real chance South Africa could slide backwards, National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday.

"For these reasons, we must accelerate the pace of change, work harder and better to move towards the vision we all aspire to," he told a joint sitting of Parliament's two Houses convened to hand over the revised national development plan (NDP) to President Jacob Zuma.

"It is possible. We are capable as a nation of achieving these bold and ambitious, but realistic objectives [in the NDP].

"When we unite and work together, we can achieve miracles. Our history is testament to this."

The plan to eliminate poverty and inequality rested on six pillars. The first was to unite all South Africans around a common programme to fight poverty and inequality and foster a spirit of unity.

"But this will remain a hollow call unless we can improve the lives of young black people."
The second pillar was active citizenry.

Growing and inclusive economy

Working individually and collectively with others in the community, citizens had a critical role to play in their own development and in the country's development.

The third pillar was a growing and inclusive economy, needed to deliver on the objectives set.

"We need to create more jobs, and make progress in broadening ownership of the economy. Our economy is caught in a low growth trap. To reverse this, we require higher investment, better skills, rising savings and greater levels of competitiveness.

"We do not suffer a poverty of ideas; our weakness is in implementation. The commission identified critical factors that contribute to this flaw and makes several proposals to deal with it," Manuel said.

The fourth pillar of the plan addressed the urgent need to build capabilities. Capabilities applied to both people and the state.

A capable state

The fifth pillar was a capable and developmental state.

"We define a developmental state as one that is capable of intervening to correct historical inequalities and to create opportunities for more people.

"A capable state needs to be professional, competent and responsive to the needs of all citizens. We seek a professional civil service which can weather changes in political administrations."

The sixth pillar was the responsibilities of leadership throughout society to work together to solve the problems.

"South Africa's progress in navigating the transition from apartheid to democracy was built on the ability of leaders to put aside narrow sectarian interests in favour of national interest, leaders who were able to put aside short-term political agendas for long-term benefit.

"To achieve the South Africa that we all desire, we require leaders to put the country first, to put the future ahead of today."

No poverty by 2030

There were areas where the plan differed from existing plans or policies. It was very much in the nature of planning that there would need to be an alignment of plans, both within and outside of government, to the broad strategic plan being proposed.

"The commission has drawn from our Constitution the perspective that the future we must construct is one where no person lives in poverty and where together we deal decisively to root out the deep inequality that we have inherited. We are convinced that our country can and must eliminate poverty," Manuel said.

By 2030, no one should live in poverty. The so-called Gini co-efficient [to measure income inequality] should be reduced from a very high 0.69 to 0.60 by 2030.

The commission was making a case for what needed to be done by all, regardless of political persuasion or station in life.


The commission identified enabling milestones to achieve the broad objectives of the plan.

The economy would have to expand to almost three times the present level. The share of income accruing to the bottom 40% of the population should rise from 6% to 10%.

Ninety percent of children in grade six should be able to read, write and count at the appropriate level, and all children should have access to proper nutrition from birth to ensure proper formative development.

"Despite massive progress since 1994, on the present trajectory we will not achieve our target of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by 2030."

Manuel said it was expected that Cabinet, led by the president, would consider this plan, adopt the key recommendations, and set in motion a focused programme to implement it.

"We have an opportunity to construct a future we all want. We must not squander this opportunity," he said.

"The decisions we make today, the actions we take over the next five, 10, 15 and 20 years will determine whether South Africa's future is successful, or whether we are just another hopeful but ineffective state unable to satisfy its people's dreams."

  • - 2012-08-15 14:17

    "To achieve the South Africa that we all desire, we require leaders to put the country first, to put the future ahead of today."

      drishworth - 2012-08-15 14:33

      hear! hear! omrisho. The people of South Africa are capable of great things but the biggest inhibitor to progress is the very Government that keeps mouthing off about moving forward. Stop with your greed, corruptness, empire building and arrogance and do the bloody job you were elected to do!

      Arnoldus.DuToit - 2012-08-15 14:42

      @omrisho Totally agreed. It's not about working harder, it's about working smarter and with more concern on people rather than pocket.

      Willie - 2012-08-15 14:46

      Arrest all those who loot our taxes.They are unpatriotic

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 14:46

      Duh Trevor : Newsflash - SA has slipped backwards already, and we now boast the LOWEST PRODUCTIVITY and the HIGHEST POPULATION GROWTH figures EVER!!! Add to that some Govt. Incompetence, corruption, lack of leadership, and tell me you expectd something different?

      irene.buthelezi.1 - 2012-08-15 14:55

      If cANCer stopped stealing the taxpayers money and stopped appointing cadres who are not capable of doing the job, this might be possible. But given what we know about the corruption within cANCer and their desire to silence the media so they can cover up their corruption, the only hope is for the DA to restore the damage already done by cANCer. - 2012-08-15 14:58

      @ makenawn... yip, i often wonder, if for some reason we had a system of "No Tax - No Vote" how quickly our government and country would transform, such a system would result in responsible voters holding a responsible government to account, but that would be "un-democratic"

      annelise.venter.77 - 2012-08-15 15:01

      The ANC is losing voters because of their corruption and incompetence, this is the Big New Lie to lure them back before the election. Promise the voter heaven before election and steal him dry after. Same old, same old.

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-15 15:01

      I never realised how stupid Mr Manuel is.. We have already slid backwards, and, we will continue to do so, unless they wipe the $h!t out of their eyes and see why we are not progressing as a nation.!!!!! BEE and AA (have or) have not done what they were meant to do, so put that stupid policy to bed. Whites blacks coloureds and Indians will never be equal, until this system of racial segregation is stopped. Education, health, transport..these need to be looked at. STOP TRYING TO ONLY SCORE VOTES, THINK OF THE PEOPLE AND THEIR LIVES..that’s your job..Treat us as equals. The more you push white, educated people out of the big jobs, the more the whites will control the economy of the country, and the more you push uneducated, unskilled black people into high positions, the more the country will crumble. TALKING ALONE WILL NOT SAVE OUR COUNTRY..!! Don't get into the comrade mentality, your far too smart for that..

      mlucejko - 2012-08-15 15:06

      If you really want to know what is happening, where we are going, in this wonderful country of ours, I highly recommend you read "George Orwell's Book ANIMAL FARM" !!

      daan.vandenberg.773 - 2012-08-15 15:39

      Another plan to replace a plan that failed. Then another plan to replace this plan that will fail. Wake up & smell the S&IT! You, as the cANCer will NEVER erode poverty. A people that do not WANT to do something for themselves WILL never do something for themselves. You, as the cANCer of this country, MUST stop paying girls to have sex & produce babies they can't take care of. You. as the cANCer of this country is NOT CAPABLE to "CREATE" one single so called "JOB" that will produce growth. All you can do is waste taxpayer's money on S&IT, hand-outs, cadre deployment, and composing new plans to replace S&itty ones that failed. The honourable thing for you lot to do, is to admit to your failure after 18 years and beg the remaining Colonialists to help you sort out the S&IT you created.

      philip.harris.967 - 2012-08-15 15:40

      Reading between the lines ....he is saying they will have to take everything the whites have. No news there there?

      BigChiefPlumbPudding - 2012-08-15 15:45

      Best have a chat with your Votas - they've taken us back decades in just a few months.

      dean.berzen - 2012-08-15 16:03

      @oom.koos.7- Oh manual and all these guys are puppets of the government in order to keep their jobs!

      fussed.anderson - 2012-08-15 16:03

      "there is a real chance South Africa could slide backwards" How backwards are you manual. sa is so far backward we havent heard about global warming yet.

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-08-15 14:22

    All talk clever Trevor. You are part of the problem, not the solution.

      nicholas.graan - 2012-08-15 15:10

      Trev, you are farting against thunder!

      daan.vandenberg.773 - 2012-08-15 15:49

      Nicolas.graan. - This THUNDER will slowly turn to a RUMBLE. (We Hope) If Not - Lightning will join the Thunder in this country of ours.

  • brett.bruce.121 - 2012-08-15 14:23

    SA has been sliding backwards for the past 18 years. Has he only realised this now?

      daan.vandenberg.773 - 2012-08-15 16:24

      They must first form a committee (Hie Kom Die Tee) Then find a failed plan to replace. then form a new plan. etc. etc.

  • saschalipka - 2012-08-15 14:24

    Ah really!?!?!?! Tell that to these morons in charge. Or better, replace the morons with people that know what they are doing. I'm sure we will see progress quick.

  • danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-15 14:24

    To achieve faster growth, we need the dimwit black majority to get over themselves and vote the ANC out of government. Then again, they're hurting themselves the most which is some sort of consolation I guess.

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-15 15:33

      You know you might be true wena Danny, my research here in Cape Town reveals that the black majority does not trust the opposission party which is rulling the province because of some rumours that are untrue ofcourse. And the Eastern Cape province will stick to the ANC because of their IKON "Madiba" and other former freedom fighters forgeting that the modern society needs a change. I will never again vote for money suckers as things stands.

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-15 16:29

      Hola mfethu. Get your brothers and sisters to vote those moneysuckers out of power. If I try, I will be branded "racist".

  • freddie.miff - 2012-08-15 14:26

    Lovely wish list of all the things stuffed up by the ANC and Cosatu.

      freddie.miff - 2012-08-15 14:48

      "The so-called Gini co-efficient"??? There is nothing so-called about it, this reminds me of Manuel's "amorphous entity" comment about the markets, he really does make stupid comments sometimes. Shows his lack of applicable education. SA's Gini co-efficient was 59 in 1994, up to 65 in 2005 and is now 69!!! Yet he wants to bring it down to only 60 in 2030? Like everything else messed up by the ANC, we are unlikely to undo the damage and progress with this attitude. Btw, Australia's Gini score is 30.

  • blou.johnny - 2012-08-15 14:28

    ...progress...?? ...first get rid of the useless ANC...!

  • stompie.mcgwapspap - 2012-08-15 14:29

    Maby You should hand Zuma The message in person.How about interupting his holiday in Moz??

      ndyeboreginaldmazawule - 2012-08-15 15:35

      He will get a boot as we all know that the president is allergic to the truth.

  • dewalds3 - 2012-08-15 14:32

    We have been doing things. They are not working to get the results we want to achieve. In fact, we are going in the opposite direction. To get to the result, we must do more of the same and faster?? WTF?

  • dracolusus - 2012-08-15 14:32

    tl;dr (it all) Well thanks captain obvious...anything else glaringly obvious you want to share?

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-08-15 14:34

    Pie in the sky! We've been on the slippery slide - going backwards since 1994. Wanna stop the rot? Get rid of the morons in govt. Vote for real, accountable and educated reps. Not 2-bob, bushwackers who think that running a country is a game! Vote with your heads! One made-in-China t-shirt will not cover your back for another 5 years!

  • introspector.smith - 2012-08-15 14:41

    Dear Trevor, I'd like to play my small part and create 50 new jobs. Can you please make it easier for the entrepreneur?

  • werner.niksch - 2012-08-15 14:43

    ....the country could slide backwards?!this country have been going backwards the past 20 years!until we get a new government these ideals are just another pipe dream of a useless government.

  • opinion.blake - 2012-08-15 14:48

    "The fifth pillar was a capable and developmental state." O you must be kidding!

      allan.keyzer - 2012-08-15 17:36

      All the ANC has managed over 18 years is a state ruled by corrupt officials. How they plan to change this without replacing the civil service? The fifth pillar has collapsed already.

  • cython - 2012-08-15 14:52

    Get rid of the self serving, pocket lining, tax thieving, corrupt ANC and its hateful murderous "youth", maybe then you'd see some change.

  • justin.nuthaguy - 2012-08-15 14:53

    Fantastic! Now can we please hand this plan over to a government that is capable of executing it properly?

  • michael.moolman.7 - 2012-08-15 14:54

    Gallant words Mr Manuel, true words Mr Manuel, spoken like a consummate politician on an electioneering campaign - in Europe or the USA. History bears testimony, Germany and Japan, from 1945 until today. What quality of leadership did it take to raise those countries from the ashes and destruction after the second world war? What character of people and sacrifices were made by the population of those countries? Haven't we a better starting point by comparison? Do we have the leadership? Do we have the people? Do we have the will? I believe as a nation we do. We have the courage and fortitude; and we are more than capable.

      oom.koos.7 - 2012-08-15 15:34

      But there is the small issue of the comrades and the payback...and...BBBEE..and and and and....we HAD what you are talking about. Its all gone, replaced with greed and stupidity..

  • treyzo.mbelo - 2012-08-15 14:57

    Guys, the has been tremendous progress under the ANC leadership, south africa is being commended for creating a black middle class. On top of that south africa hosted the world cup. Give ANC a break

      danny.archer.589 - 2012-08-15 15:13

      The ANC's white masters FIFA made sure that they delivered. That is all they understand...the crack of the whip.

      johan.maree.5036 - 2012-08-15 15:26

      SA has achieved this in spite of the ANC, imagine what we can do without them!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-15 15:29

      Treyzo, not true, the black middle class is tiny, the stadiums are white elephants, the RDP housing is a disaster, education in Limpopo & EC (a basic right) is a fiasco, rampant Govt. wastage, graft & tender fraud is reaching breaking point, open toilets in Viljoenskroon (still), not to mention the intolerance & racial hatred that the ANC govt. have instilled in SA. On a scale of 1 to 10, I would give them a 1, & that would be generous.

      alan.gernet - 2012-08-15 15:33

      not to mention the billions that the SWC lost for SA, and the legacy of the white-elephant stadiums that we will be paing off for decades to come. The anc have created an leech-like black upper-class who in general, are neither adequately educated or productive at their jobs. They simply leech off Govt. Contracts and contacts, or they milk the BEE system. The poorer class of black people is growing exponentially larger and larger by the day, and the govt. cannot deliver to them because of corruption, waste, unproductivity, a volatile labour force and above all, a small tax base. Hardly a success story for the anc.

      introvert.introverts - 2012-08-15 23:18

      Statistically speaking the majority of people who comment(ed) on this article are Caucasoid race, do not say i am being racist, your points are reasonable, but i see a lot of hatred towards the ANC, and i see a different perspective from other races in this country.

  • BulletProof. - 2012-08-15 14:57

    Without faster progress, there is a real chance South Africa could slide backwards, National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel has warned. South Africa already slide backwards long ago Mr. Manuel and you know it. For 20 years not much was done now the ANC want another 20 years? You know that corruption and crime is drowning this country, Please Start There.

  • Ze Don - 2012-08-15 14:59

    For this to work we need a few things to happen. 1.Stop steeling tax payers money. 2.Make it easier to employ people. 3.Stop paying people to sit at home. Unfortunately I can't see this happening as it would involve getting off the gravy train, curbing the unions & reducing welfare grants all of which would loose the anc votes!

      Ze Don - 2012-08-15 15:07

      I forgot point 4.Stop chasing away foreign investment. In other words; get crime under control & stop the talk of land grabs & nationalisation.

  • robert.starke.98 - 2012-08-15 15:01

    You first have to stop the corruption in the Govt and public Service departments, as valuable assets and public money is being greedily eroded. Then you need to implement proper managment and controls to ensure efficiency and delivery of services and goods. Without that in place Mr Manual you are wasting your time !!!! Plain and simple

  • Malose-Nyatlo - 2012-08-15 15:01

    Maybe we should copy the example of our Chinse friends - cut the wages of all by a fraction and increase the working hours. We could also amend our labour laws to remove protection for the lazy and incompetent. Maybe we should also screen our politicians carefully - put only those who have had a steady job somehwhere, and those who have a diploma/degree in parliament. Vet them for criminal records/ outstanding ticket fines/ credit worthiness.\r\nWe could also do without some of the many human rights which retard our progress as a developing state.\r\nThat, Mr Manuel, will make sure we stem the regression that has begun already. And that would be pragmatic.

      antoinette.jordaan - 2012-08-15 15:20

      Cosatu would eat you alive for that first suggestion.....not to mention the increase in hours!

      nigel.vanysendyk - 2012-08-15 15:33

      yes, we need a change of attitude, the unions have gotten out of control & are destroying jobs. We need to be more productive & work harder & smarter, wages need to be earned, staff should perform or be fired, if we dont do this, the number of unemployed will just grow & grow, same thing happened with the textile industry, China out performed us & 1000's lost thier jobs, next is mining, mines will soon be closing down like there is no tomorrow, times are tough, & going to get tougher.

  • chiepner - 2012-08-15 15:02

    Faters progress = more money getting invested in things such as education and health which would mean the ANC and its CADRES stop plundering money and actually divert those funds to the people!

  • antoinette.jordaan - 2012-08-15 15:17

    I did not read anything about taking responsibility? Or did I miss that part?

  • geoff.liddiard - 2012-08-15 15:20

    These are great words from the ex Minister of Finance who signed off on the Arms Deal and who told Eskom they couldn't build the necessary power stations. These are just two of the key inhibitors to our growth and progress.

  • talita.vandermerwe - 2012-08-15 15:23

    You can't implement first world plans in a third world country.

  • ant.duke - 2012-08-15 15:34

    Trevor is the Gini in the ANC Politburo's bottle...give us a break Manuel. Look at one daily newspaper and tell us again to work together. Have the balls to admit we're on a road to nowhere thanks entirely to your Party.

  • Keg - 2012-08-15 15:37

    "Without faster progress, there is a real chance South Africa could slide backwards, National Planning Minister Trevor Manuel said on Wednesday." Too Late

  • Shirley Van Heerden - 2012-08-15 15:40

    great idea for new national anthem: Slip sliding away... we are not slipping backwards, we have slid backwards!!! Why can't politicians see that?? Ostrich syndrome perhaps?

  • elizabethann.auld - 2012-08-15 15:41

    How can ANY nation say there will be no poverty by 2030 - like death te poor have always been with us. As fast as you think you are getting somewhere, prices go up and you stay poor or else fate steps in and kicks you in the teeth. Our greatest 'poverty' lies in our lack of real education - not just schooling - and true mental & physical ability. Start there and watch how the other bits all start coming togethr - including respect for self and othrers as well as environment etc

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-08-15 15:43

    Why do you drivel, Manuel, and what is your motivation? It can only be the NEC (National Executive Committee of the ANC) who are themselves advised. These advisers are not identifiable as are ANCYL or the South African Council of Churches. Unseen they source a memorandum to the Minister: when it arrives on his desk, he groans, "Oh no!" and then composes something to spike Parliament and waste my time.

  • george.engel - 2012-08-15 15:47

    Too many people complain who themselves have not contributed anything to the society. Ask yourself first, do you donate to charity on a monthly basis? Do you hold your ward Councillor responsible for programs in your area? How many hours do you contribute to a society committee? When last did you protest or write a letter to your MP? Or are you just a big mouth blabbing away?

  • vivian.harris.73 - 2012-08-15 15:52

    Progress won't be a problem if government and MECs stop stealing the money needed for progress. Always 'red tape' for uplifting projects but none for parties and huge salaries and increases and expense accounts....

  • victor.mabule - 2012-08-15 15:52

    Whatever Trever what poor South Africans need is action in terms of better quality of life,education, better health care system,sanitation etc the sectarian kind of behavior is killing the whole society rich and poor alike already we are sliding backwards with this violent protest the next thing will be for the poorest of the poor taking over cities in form of informal settlements something has to be done now and not tomorrow

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-08-15 15:58

    When the ANC took over there were very good structures in place, good hospitals infact some of the government hospital were the very best. there was a very good education system in place, transport, roads, we had a very good military everything was running smooth, just look at everything now, what a failure. The taxpayers are already hard pressed. Government has failed the poor but saying this they have given them the impression that soon they will all be well off. These people look to government and what do they see. Big expensive cars, parties that run into the millions, expenses houses, bling bling bling that this is what taunts them. Government has had no shame in flaunting their enrichment at the cost of the middle class and the poor. The poor need to know, if they want to climb out the hole, they will also have to do something to uplift themselves, no everything in life is free. They need to work and help government by uplifting their areas by cleaning up and also they can do the basic that is needed. Laying foundation for houses etc, communities can all work together. Government cant expect the people who are already taxed to the hilt to bend anymore while these poor people sit on their backsides and wait. All the monies that have been pilfered through the years by cadres etc just imagine how we could have uplifted the poor by now. Who is to blame, after 18 years this country has been deteriorating actually bleeding to death. clean up your own act.

      catie.door - 2012-08-15 16:37

      Agree with you Winifred. The sad thing is that the stupid masses keep on voting for the ANC! They wreck the places because of poor service delivery, but keeps voting for them! Hahaha. When are they gonna wake up and realize how stupid they are??

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-08-15 16:05

    Took you a while to discover this Trevor. Us plebs are aware of the problem, even have some solutions, but you and your masters are more interested in renaming things and shutting down our right to access info. Enough of the planning now - let's have some action and let it start with you lot downsizing your incomes, your freebies, your mansions and your spending sprees.

      joe.irwin.50 - 2012-08-15 16:20

      Now that is asking for too muck Mark. How will they cope?? - 2012-08-15 16:25

      clever Trevor ! took you 18 years to work that out while 'Rome' was burning, is burning, burnt I will say,and you one of the 'torch' bearers. BYE BYE

  • wittig48 - 2012-08-15 16:15

    As seen in many countries around the world, Tourism adds significantly to national growth. Tourism goes hand in hand with the Hospitality industry, which is recognised as 'labour intensive' i.e. creates many new jobs. On countless occasions I have contacted both Trevor Manuel, as well as Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk offering my expertise, my international contacts in the Tourism industry, and most of all my services. Not one of my letters has been answered, not one of my calls has been returned. I am close to giving up. Any ideas, any advice from readers?

  • cliff.slabbert - 2012-08-15 16:25

    It's time to walk the talk!

  • catie.door - 2012-08-15 16:27

    ......."But this will remain a hollow call unless we can improve the lives of young black people." Hmmmm so what about young white, coloured and indian people you fool!! Your "sixth pillar" is the problem, as it does not exist.

  • peter.voss.3348 - 2012-08-15 16:38

    It took FIFA one month to unify South Africans and I am ashamed to say that we have gone further backwards since then. Trevor Manual and co are living in lala land and we're tired of this typical big talk drivel!The ANC has proven that their corrupt and incompetent leadership has adversly affected all levels of our society. I think a rude awakening is coming....soon! ALL OF US ARE SICK AND TIRED OF YOU BUNCH OF CLOWNS!

  • Phil.Kleynhans - 2012-08-15 16:54

    Allready sliding backwards. ANC fraug and corruption is the main cause of SA sliding backwards and is also the major cause of strikes and death in SA

  • quartus.vanzyl - 2012-08-15 17:12

    I he talking of RSA?

  • azande.futhi - 2012-08-15 17:16

    Trevor's plan is flawed and it will fail because it does not address the root cause of the poverty problem.

  • Nicki.Labuschagne - 2012-08-15 17:35

    What South Africa needs is a miracle.

      mike.clery - 2012-08-15 18:03

      The first miracle will be the political "leadership" understanding that it's 2012, not a post-WWII 1950s world, and that their outdated grand social engineering plan - the National Democratic Revolution - isn't going to work out quite the way they wanted.

  • mknnko003 - 2012-08-15 17:53

    I am still wondering why you don`t run for presidency...You have done remarkable work and you have great leadership skills.

      mknnko003 - 2012-08-15 17:55

      I mean President not presidency..Typo

  • sean.redmond3 - 2012-08-15 18:19

    Too late, we are already "downhill".

  • blumushroom - 2012-08-15 19:28

    The 6 point plan is going to fail. Not addressing crime. Sa lost in crime. Actually I hope Sa fails will just confirm what the world sed ANC can't govern

  • carl.lotter.3 - 2012-08-15 21:32

    National Planning Commission of South Africa: they actually mention SMME South African Small and Medium Enterprises Federation welcome the National Development Plan and that it pays due recognition to SMME. Just as we needed the NPC to tell us this (away from the jaded voiced of government departments) So SMME needs the work of SASMEF - One voice for SMME; One agenda for SMME; One way for SMME Partnership. It is time for action. A new plan A new Map needs new guides and new tools. As scripture says: You cannot put new wine into old wine jars; the old wine jars will crack and the new wine will be wasted. NPC has provided the instruction handbook: South African Small and medium enterprises will create a new wine ONE voice for SMME. But the turf needs to be prepared: Government administration has a virus not conducive to the new Wine of ONE voice for SMME; Government administration does not have the nutrients need to grow the SMME vine; Government administration needs a partner. That partner can be South Africa small and Medium Enterprises Federation but do government departments see the hand extended to them or they too weak to even see help at the front from SMME themselves.

  • carl.lotter.3 - 2012-08-15 21:32

    What letter will Trevor Manuel write to Thandi: Will he make a promise that she will have a job and her children will have school books and water and that her grandmother will receive a house and pension? As Lekota says: Will it be implemented? Who will be the implementers? According to the NPC, Manuel will have to overhaul the Government administration. But can we wait for this? With partnership we can have a multiprogramming, multilevel approach, multi prong. South African Small and Medium Enterprises Federation has met with NPC, has written to NPC now we wait for NPC to call us...We are waiting... SASMEF says: One voice for SMME; One agenda for SMME 9(no sideshows) One way for SMME -Partnership.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-08-15 21:53

    Faster progress? Scrap political parties. Overhaul Government structures. Let experts lead. Reform electoral system. Open everything to public scrutiny. Work. Within 5 years this country will be on track, and the ANC just a distant unpleasant memory.