Strikes put pressure on economy - Zuma

2012-10-13 07:18

Pretoria - South Africa's economy has been put under immense pressure by wage disputes and widespread protests, President Jacob Zuma said on Friday.

Urgent steps were needed to avoid an economic downturn, he told delegates at an economic forum on the state of the country's economy, at the Sefako Makgatho Presidential Guesthouse, east of Pretoria.

"We reiterate our call to business and labour to work together to find solutions, so that we can revert to the primary task at hand, which is to build the country, build the economy and improve the quality of life," he said.

"We are confident that working together we will be able to find solutions, informed by the Constitution and the values of our democracy. We have a long history of productive social partnerships in our country."

The meeting was attended by government ministers and officials, labour representatives, including Congress of SA Trade Unions general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and president Sidumo Dlamini, and Federation of Unions of SA (Fedusa) general secretary Dennis George.

Officials from Business Unity SA and the Black Business Council were also invited.

Zuma said a spate of labour disputes, which have often degenerated into violent protests and chaos, were a major cause for concern.

"We have been seriously concerned about the violent nature of the strikes.

"I am sure that all of us share that concern. We also agree that this is not something we want to see in our country, where there are mechanisms in place to deal with industrial disputes, or any other disputes," he said.

"Labour disputes do not need to degenerate into violent confrontations and [lead to] loss of life as what happened tragically in Marikana and other strikes."

The deliberations were closed to the media, but a briefing is expected afterwards.

  • mark.haupt.31 - 2012-10-13 07:25

    Wonder who tipped him off.

      J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-13 08:39

      Mary Robinson.

      bibi.vanzyl - 2012-10-13 10:03

      A bit after the fact I'd say. And then we might have him as prez again, undemocratically elected. So much for democracy.

  • Annelize Grobler - 2012-10-13 07:33

    Your government stealing us dry, is putting the pressure on the economy !!! who woke zuma up now ???

      alf.pop - 2012-10-13 08:24

      He worked it o0ut himself - he is so clever he can smell cats..t in the dark!

  • spartanx93 - 2012-10-13 07:36

    Wow zooma! You are about 2 months late coming to the table and realizing that strikes are affecting our economy. Maybe you should focus less on your home improvements and actually start governing a country you twat!!

      cindy.wrathex.ruthven - 2012-10-13 08:00

      Eish Yes, everything we already know, he comes with afterward like a recorder and repeats it back to us when he is on the stage. I think he is thinking all of us are stupid. He is underestimating his people. That showerhead is also a playback machine and that spear is to distract from the fact lol

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-10-13 07:37

    Whaaw! It is true but what is the way forward Mr President? Didn't your advisers tell yet?

  • nicolas.gombert.16 - 2012-10-13 07:37

    We have a president!!! And he can speak!! And he knows a little about the economy!! Amazing Azania!

  • lenox.ntlantsana - 2012-10-13 07:37

    Whaaw! It is true but what is the way forward Mr President? Didn't your advisers tell yet?

  • louis.hager.12 - 2012-10-13 07:41

    Thank you Captain Hindsight.

  • cry.mashiane - 2012-10-13 07:41

    Stealing our tax money is putting pressure on us

      patrick.buckley.712 - 2012-10-13 08:24

      Zuma's million wives and billion children/grand children, are putting even more pressure on the economy.

  • Brian Dorning - 2012-10-13 07:43

    You can't blame the man from being absent from these economic issues, he only has a junior school education level and...he is busy building a R200m house and has to satisfy multiple wives!

      Thebigguyjim - 2012-10-13 08:48

      His family is building it for him. (or so he now says, this can still change though) A thank you for all the tenders I assume.

  • gert.theunissen.3 - 2012-10-13 07:46

    Congratulations you PLANK, you figured it out,well done sunshine!!!!!

  • Jaco Liza Venter - 2012-10-13 07:57

    Mr President dont you think it is time that the trade unions is held accountable for this strikes,jail sentence or a massive fines shoud do the thrick

  • gregory.jurgens - 2012-10-13 08:01

    The only one building and improving their quality of life is U. The rest of us have to contend with high fuel, food, taxes, electricity bills. Then get shot and killed when we demand a living wage. Chances of a better life seem slim under your leadership. The likely hood that this will improve is zero. The light at the end of the tunnel is getting smaller.

  • spharex.cele - 2012-10-13 08:04

    "We are confident that working together we will be able to find solutions, informed by the Constitution and the values of our democracy" IRONY

  • sxp - 2012-10-13 08:06

    Ag tog Zoomer, this is just a consequence of the real problems which are: 1. Over population and uncontrolled population expansion(Something you lead the way in) 2. Crappy labour policies 3. ANC corruption and lies and believe me there is more that you will like even less.

  • Michael Kleber - 2012-10-13 08:08

    Jacob waits until the strikes are over and the damage is done before making a comment about the strikes , lack of leadership , more concerned about Mangaung and his 2nd term than what his happening to the country he is supposed to be leading .

  • john.morreira.9 - 2012-10-13 08:10

    Oh duhh !

  • rowan.clark.10 - 2012-10-13 08:15

    Slash and burn mentality of these advisers ,definitely not nurture and cultivate , its getting hotter and there is less shade to hide in. Economic warming is happening underground and your agent provocateur is still running around looking for support at any cost and promise ,even to the economy.Solution would be to get a leader than can think ahead and put plans into action to be ahead of the game .

  • Pieter Strydom - 2012-10-13 08:16

    genius pappa genius???? zuma is darem maar sy ma se slimste seun. thats like saying the water is wet???

  • richard.laros.77 - 2012-10-13 08:19

    You figure that out all by yourself showerhead? Your brilliance certainly knows no bounds.

  • gieljam.gomtor - 2012-10-13 08:20

    With such an spot on observation he must have had an eye job done.

  • Muffin_man_can - 2012-10-13 08:22

    Striking is a culture created by the anc and now they are forced to swallow their own bitter pill! Here's a few tips for you zuma: Union activities should be strictly regulated, no weapons should be allowed at strikes, and violent protestors should face the might of the law, and those that work in key sectors the economy should not be allowed to strike.

  • hellodanie - 2012-10-13 08:27

    The sad economic reality is that mines, in order to survive going forward, will now most likely embark on heavy mechanization projects to the detriment of labour. Hundreds of thousands of jobs could be lost as there there seems to be little alternative left to the Mining Sector.

  • douglas.reid.921 - 2012-10-13 08:27

    Miners lost money, mines lost money, government lost money(taxes). Who didn't lose money and caused all the trouble in the first place? UNIONS. Make the unions pay!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-13 08:27

    Eish, Zuma as observent as ever

  • derek.bredenkamp.3 - 2012-10-13 08:29

    Simple solution, the mining houses either pay our workers a decent living wage or we nationalize!

      gary.doyle.520 - 2012-10-13 08:35

      Nationalize threats don't scare us anymore. We past that.

      dee.bone.39 - 2012-10-13 08:46

      and then the workers get absolutely nothing. Just picture a nationalised mine. No one workig and everyone stealing. Lol

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-13 09:43

      Aurora ??

      edward.patterson.923 - 2012-10-13 13:55

      So sad Derek and all. So much of this news source's comment section is made up of the black/white debate. Of how blacks need a bigger say in the economy of SA, of how white's control too much of the economic engine. But so little discussion on what might actually fix the problem. You have Malema talking about nationalization and economic revolution but not asking the simple question; "will it (nationalization) work? Show me a place where it has worked before. Zambia stopped nationalization of the mines and $8.8 billion has been invested from the outside. By contrast foreign investment is fleeing SA. So put aside the slogans and stop the "I told you sos" and fix the problem. Propose solutions that have a possibility of working. Read this article It's simply an analysis of where SA has gone since 1994, down down down. Why, because slogans and rhetoric mattered more than solutions.

  • sally.lewitt - 2012-10-13 08:32

    Besides WHAT we already know Zoo-ma and stating the obvious, don't you think you have put the biggest strain on our economy SINCE YOU came into 'power'? Don't 'giggle' and 'pooosh' your glasses up your nose, your Tor might donner off.. Eish!

  • SirFGrumpy - 2012-10-13 08:33

    Zuma, the simple solution is to place unions on notice that they will not simple be allowed to stop work and destroy property without consequence. The union leaders must be held accountable and arrested and charged in court for the action of their members. You, the ANC, created this culture of strike and destroy, you the ANC, need to stamp this out of our society.

      Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-13 08:47

      Although I agree the ANC created a culture of violence, did you miss the news reporting that strikers wanted nothing to do with unions and were de registering from NUM?

      mark.haupt.31 - 2012-10-13 09:57

      Problem of course is that the unions are part & parcel of the government. Can't blame the unions, like saying it's your own fault and that would never do.

  • deon.meiring - 2012-10-13 08:33

    Its too late mr took you long to wake up!!!

      Jonathan Slimm Makotoko - 2012-10-13 10:09

      Mr Zuma what about you?don't you think your putting a hand too?

  • archie.mooki - 2012-10-13 08:34

    ANC and CORRUPTION put pressure in our economy

      rogervincent.bailey - 2012-10-13 09:29

      Our government is responsible for the unstable economic climate, they are setting examples of bad financial governance our ministers are not accountable for good financial mngt. Millions of taxpayer money are lost and not accounted for. The worst is that taxpayer money are further used to set up investigations to determine financial malpractices. How can we expect that the current disorder such as the wages disputes could easily be resolved.

  • Staalburger - 2012-10-13 08:51

    Change the laws, damnit!! This is ridicilous!

  • jacques.stander - 2012-10-13 08:56

    Waste millions on himself and then talks about building up the country !!!! His a thief who needs to be in jail.....

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-13 08:57

    Union bosses, like ANC government officials, are only interested in how much of the workers' money they can pocket. After milking citizens dry for 18 years they suddenly take note now that the shyte has hit the fan!

  • sandy.langenstrass - 2012-10-13 09:06

    You're a little late in doing this Zuma...we would have admired you, if you took action 3/4 weeks ago....and we would maybe even have supported a 2nd term in office for you if you ban STRIKING ALL TOGETHER. STRIKES are the down fall of economies...surely they should be avoided at all costs....What is the point of having UNIONS who should be doing negotiations for the should never become a case of workers taking their demands to the street....ALL the people that belong to're wasting your money to support a toothless union...and then you still need to put your life on the line...and maybe die..crazy. ZUMA...why do you only react busy with ALL those WIVES..HEY!!!

      gngaleka - 2012-10-13 09:19

      I don't think he needs you or your support. To him you are just an irritating flea that does not know its place(you and your ilk).

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-10-13 09:36

      And you are the brainless sheep that keeps on voting for the anc gngleka, now who has more worth? An individual speaking the truth or you oh sheep?

      andrez.kolesky - 2012-10-13 09:40

      @gngaleka. As sure as shyte, he needs her money. And mentioning fleas, he doesn't need you either except your - and your "ilk"'s vote I might add.

  • Gatvol Griet - 2012-10-13 09:07

    Goood governance means you identify problems and address the BEFORE it blows up in your face!! Congrats to the so-called 'illiterate' mine workers for having the savvy to fire their union!

  • kobus.hattingh.5 - 2012-10-13 09:19

    Want to drastically improve the economy? Then resign and ban the unions also. National elections now would also help.

  • Bafana Joseph - 2012-10-13 09:29

    no one can be foolish by u Zuma...are u campaigning 2rd term

  • vince.moraswi - 2012-10-13 09:29

    spending on nkandla puts pressure on the economy... mxm

  • Vince.York - 2012-10-13 09:34

    Wow, who pushed the button which always utters "Uguguh Uguuh UUUGH snigger giggle snarl" around his weenie mashini NXA

  • jola.jose.7 - 2012-10-13 09:35

    Why don't just make it easy for every one RESIGN

  • joe.smit.549 - 2012-10-13 09:46

    Not to mention corruption.

  • Tim Elliott - 2012-10-13 09:53

    How can anyone possibly support Zuma for a 2nd term?All he does is tell the nation what we already know and always after the event.This guy is a complete joke and not fit to be in his position.

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-13 09:55

    Zuma The New King Of THe Zulu's his multi million rand place his over full harem of wives and girlfriends plus his tribe of leeches, spokespeople and twenty kilometer long blue light brigade He is the source of South Africa's greatest economic burden.

  • Dawn Campbell Gibson - 2012-10-13 10:00

    Want to improve the economy, or everything about SA, do away with AA and BEE!!! that would already make a massive change. Then get rid of the ANC corruption.

  • Maduvha Mukusha - 2012-10-13 10:03

    You can talk and talk my President, fact is you haven't seen anything yet. Wait until after Mangaung, if your faction win ANC is going down the drain. We can't stop you but people shall talk!!!

      Jonathan Slimm Makotoko - 2012-10-13 10:12

      an this Nkandla thing!whats with it really?takes nore money!and i wonder whos money

  • werner.niksch - 2012-10-13 10:06

    why doesnt he tells us something we dont know already...

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-13 10:15

    The only thing real about this man is his speech writer.

  • steve.gibson.146612 - 2012-10-13 10:17

    Amazing when the ratings agencies hold or improved SA ratings the ANC claim good governance forgetting that all of this occurred during the post apartheid euphoria. Now that they have been in power and the truth is starting to emerge and the ratings are declining, the blame shifts to Apartheid and the rating Agencies suddenly do not know what they are doing!!!! The labour laws introduced by the ANC and their Union supporters are now starting to bite the hands that fed them and there is no turning back.

  • john.bollie - 2012-10-13 10:22

    Pres Zuma and his comrades taught their people well on how to do nothing and still demanding to get payed for it. now it bites them in the ass. Well done ANC. After almost 20 years you have NOTHING to show that you can be proud of. You brought nothing new to the country. As a matter of fact the only thing that you can show is corruption, NO RAILWAYS, NO Military forces, corrupt goverment, NO SAA, potholes, zero services, etc. Oh sorry, I almost forgot: The new national sport; STRIKES!!!!!!!!! This is realy something new to our white people.

  • Prince Bird - 2012-10-13 10:30

    Our brainless president sis Zuma! Shame on u maan! I never hate a person but Zuma forced me to hate him. I hate u Zuma for killing our country morals,economy,justice system actually everything. Thank u 4 nothing chief!

      Paul Mphap - 2012-10-13 14:03

      what upset me more is his second term campaign....after two years from now our country will be f@cked....

  • james.hurley.1401 - 2012-10-13 10:40

    No, having a useless president who spends all the country's resources on upgrading his homestead puts pressure on the economy. If there was something actually being done about poverty in this country strikes like this wouldn't happen.