ANC's BEE policy needs attention - SACP

2012-06-24 17:03

Johannesburg - The ANC has not adequately dealt with Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) policies in its "second transition" discussion document, the Gauteng SACP said on Sunday.

SA Communist Party provincial secretary Jacob Mamabolo said after the party's provincial executive committee (PEC) conference: "BEE is not properly accounted for.

"It doesn't provide an adequate and thorough analysis of what has been the experience of BEE."

Mamabolo said the SACP saw BEE as a failure, and as a policy which had benefited the elite.

Apart from this, the SACP valued the "second transition" document.

"We support the strategic thrust and content of the 'second transition' [document]," he said.

In the discussion document, called "The Second Transition: Building a national democratic society and the balance of forces in 2012" the ANC suggests entering a second era of democracy focusing on the social and economic transformation of South Africa over the next 30 to 50 years.

Mamabolo said that when it came to economic policy changes, the nationalisation of mines should not be the only item on the agenda.

He also suggested that the steel industry be re-nationalised.

"Steel should be brought back into the hands of the state."

Sasol should be run in a way that would ensure all South Africans could access energy, said Mamabolo.

The PEC also condemned "malicious, slanderous and opportunistic attacks" against leaders of the alliance between the ANC, the SACP and the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu).

"An attack on the SA Communist Party is an attack on the ANC and Cosatu," Mamabolo said, but declined to go into detail about the attacks to which he was referring.

Earlier on Sunday, Cosatu said the "second transition" document was filled with contradictions and misconceptions."

"The second transition document fails to locate itself within... [the country's] developments. It exhibits ideological contradictions and misconceptions throughout," it said in a statement.

ANC president Jacob Zuma has promoted the idea of a "second transition", but it has been rejected by the ANC Youth League and the SA Students' Congress, and the ANC in Gauteng and Limpopo.

ANC deputy president Kgalema Motlanthe has also reportedly questioned the idea saying it was packed with "smatterings of Marxist jargon".

The ANC will meet in Midrand for four days starting on Tuesday to discuss 13 policy documents ahead of its national conference in December.

The policy decisions made at the policy conference will be discussed and finalised at the national conference in Mangaung in the Free State in December.

These policies will form the basis for the ANC government's policies, new laws or amended laws.

  • thebe.tau - 2012-06-24 17:19

    For me BEE is a big failure and a bad idea, giving people company shares is not helping the economy at all it is just wealth redistribution what they need to do is encourage people to start their own companies from the ground up, that will add value to the economy and create employment.

      hester.ferrezuelo - 2012-06-24 17:25

      Thebe I agree but unfortunately with a failing education system, not many scholars will leave school even knowing the difference between a debit and credit and will not be able to run their businesses properly as they cannot read contracts, essential documents, etc. We truly need to take hold of each others' hands and work together. To each share what we have learnt and to be willing to start from the bottom, working our way up.

      Kolobe - 2012-06-24 17:28

      they are not given but bought...the shares help finance new companies

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-24 17:44

      BEE is not a bad idea. Like most things well meaning, its used and abused.

      Koos - 2012-06-24 17:48

      For once Kolobe I can agree with you. Thanks to AA and BEE white contractors and consultants are making a killing. Just the other day I had a few black students in and around my office and they wanted to know what the bigness approach was that was the driving force behind success. I told them. They didn’t really like what I had to say but I told them, I can sugar coat it for you and tell you the politically correct thing and put you on the wrong path or I can tell you have it works today and give you push in the right direction. Tomorrow the rules can change and the political advantage might be gone so don’t rely on that. I hope they took not. The ones that did will know that I speak the truth and they will benefit by listening. If they don’t ... well there is always the YL.

      millionwatts1 - 2012-06-24 17:53

      Koos if your comments here are an indication of the advice you give I would not be surprised if no one was listening.

      rbphiri - 2012-06-24 18:24

      The so called Second Transition is is theoretically unsound and incapable of responding to the challenges of unemployment, inequality and the eradication of poverty. Further more the BEE policy encourages people to become lazy by getting shares in companies on the basis of their colour, this is why we have less entrepreneurs and high cases of fronting committed by companies in order to comply with the BEE policy. And as expected Zuma reportedly said he was not surprised at the criticism against the second transition.

      koos.vandermerwe.75 - 2012-06-24 21:08

      @millionwatts1: Based on what I know and experience, they should listen but I’m not forcing anyone to do anything. Today it’s not about quality or workmanship or even if you know how to do your job. It’s about everything except the job and it isn’t getting any better. In fact it is really getting much worse.

  • charnelle.bester - 2012-06-24 17:20

    At first we dont succeed, lets try try and try again...And the masses will follow...

  • Lacrimose - 2012-06-24 17:32

    I have only one word for the BEE fiasco. Aurora. So toxic was it that not even the most ardent of BEE'ers & nationalisers (ANCYL), refused to go and help those people stranded there. No, far rather leave the creation of their mass destruction to the local community and private sector to sort out whilst this F-grade horror movie dragged on and on.

  • chris.summers.3954 - 2012-06-24 18:07

    BEE, similarly to ANC cadre governance is a failure due to a lack of education and skills. Dividing the "economic pie" along racial linesdoes nothing but offer cheap votes for the "stick it to whitie" crowd, we need to grow the pie. SA is a resource rich land, however how much of those resources do we refine / work within the republic before selling on to the rest of the world? Very little, and that is where our opportunity lies, and in order for us to grab that opportunity we need skilled labour, and a reigning in of our Unions to increase competitiveness in the global economy. ANCYL, SACP talk about nationalising this,requiring shareholding in companies along racial lines and taking land without compensation is either simply populist rhetoric, or a showcase of world class stupidity. Government in SA is very well funded, we have the natural resources and infrastructure, all we need is to focus on education and good governance and economic transformation etc will be a cakewalk. Facing very much diminishing returns on investment globally, foreign funds are lining up for a country to get into gear and offer opportunities.....and it boggles my mind why we are not taking advantage of this.

      thutothegreat - 2012-06-24 21:07

      dude, yo facebook pic is kinda sick..

  • yar.wellnofine - 2012-06-24 19:41

    Time to abolish BEE. It does not work for the country, for the disadvantaged, for business and certainly not for consumers.

      Wally Walters - 2012-06-24 20:14

      BEE never worked It never will work and its never ever going to work

  • tw2066 - 2012-06-24 19:48

    Does "a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition" sound familiar? Well its the Webster definition of Facism ... sounds like the ANC / SACP alliance to me.

  • WysJouMys - 2012-06-24 19:59

    BLAH BLAH BLAH.... same old sh.t!

  • tsietsi.mshengu - 2012-06-24 20:02

    We can't trust these people with the nationalization of any industry. The reason being that anything they touch turns to be a flop to say the least. They also know it themselves that they have been failures all round, buty they just won't acknowledge it. They just can't do anything right, education, transport, health, safety and security, public works, housing, prisons, local government, escom, saa, sabc (hiring a coo without a lousy matric certificate), etc. Need I say more? Haaikhona!

  • Hermann - 2012-06-24 20:07

    The only subsistence in Mamabolo's hogwash is his actual complaint that SACP cadres do not benefit from BEE, only the ANC's cadres benefit.

  • zola.mazwayi - 2012-06-24 20:16

    Remember Aurora issue with Khulubuse as the most destructive fatty cat?

  • tshivhombelaf - 2012-06-24 20:38

    Who are the ''elite''?

  • jerry.medina.756 - 2012-06-24 20:43

    BEE was designed to enrich comrades. Blacks do not benefit from this crap unless you have the ANC membership or close to the the powers that be. Had to quit the company I worked for because they promoted stupid people just to fill the quotas. Can someone please give me a list of BEE companies that started from scratch and create wealth for the country?

  • aristar.aristary - 2012-06-24 21:06

    Black Elite Empowerment is a failure!! It goes not help anyone except the morally corrupt and inept. By its very definition it is a racist policy.

      Irene - 2012-06-24 23:31

      True and that's why I practice WEE.

  • brolloks.vanderdam - 2012-06-24 21:18

    BEE is the modrn form of aparthide

  • justin.pretorius - 2012-06-24 21:25

    There is no cure for stupidity

  • sipho.mashabala - 2012-06-24 21:28

    Hay, black young South-Africans. I am a black man, I was employed white owned engineering company way before 1994 in a managerial position, there was no BEE then. I have been employed in that same company ever since. I was chosen for the position based on my qualifications, I am also a township boy, yet I chose to study in candle light. I am now a Senior Director, as my qaulification and my experience has not been handed to me due to my skin colour. There is hope South Africa, dont be fooled by the government making it easier for you to get jobs, they are not going to budge, these are all just promises made before the elections. To Zuma you are just a dumb number. He doesnt care for you, he doesnt have to, YOU need to take the opportunity given to you by Nelson Mandela and make a future for yourself. Nelson gave you the right to education, he gave you the right to get a job. What more do you want? Dont get employed in a job that you are not qualified to do, in my indistry you wont last.

      Muffin_man_can - 2012-06-24 22:14

      Wow this is what l am talking about! You didn't adopt a victim mentality like so many others, but applied yourself and lifted yourself out of poverty. May you be an inspiration to your black brothers and sisters!

      Rory Neil Price - 2012-06-24 23:26

      Congratulations Sipho, you must be an asset to the company, there is hope for SA if more people black and white, have your determination and attitude

      Irene - 2012-06-24 23:33

      Sipho ~ Respect. Alice ~ Please come back. We need more people with your mindset.

      Digger - 2012-06-25 02:06

      Sipho, I pray to God, Ahala, Buda and any other God out there that South Africa produce more people like you. Well done you deserve everything you have and will have in your future.

      denise.liston - 2012-06-25 12:24

      Sipho Truely an inspiration for all South Africans. Thank you for your comments which were factual and imformative. This country needs more people like you.

  • Alice - 2012-06-24 21:29

    80% of ANC's policies need attention, they all need to be reviewed.

  • sizwe.bwana - 2012-06-24 21:32

    The communists only survived in places of extreme ignorance and strong arm dictatorships like Cuba. The days of the communists are numbered, just a matter of time before they stop having any influence at all. The sooner the better.

  • martin.britchford.5 - 2012-06-25 10:08

    I think it was Pik who wanted to drop the sasol prices to a realistic, home made price, then it was swept under the carpet and ignored, why sell it for 500% profit when you can sell it at 1000% profit. we are being taken for a ride.

  • phuti.hlabane - 2012-06-25 18:35

    SACP r just a useless bunch agreeing with anything the ANC say.Blade was given a position so tht he can just follow suit .

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