Phosa calls for economic freedom

2012-03-02 20:02

Durban - ANC treasurer general Mathews Phosa called for "economic freedom" at the launch of the party's coffee-table book Unity in Diversity in Durban on Friday.

"We need to lead in a way so that a century from today our generation will say political liberation was followed up by economic liberation," Phosa said.

The 12 leaders of the African National Congress had played their role for the country. He described them as the "12 wise men".

"A hundred years from now, there will be another book like this; what do we want the readers to say about us?"

Phosa acknowledged the country's biggest problem was service delivery.

"We need to sharpen implementation to make sure that service delivery reaches the poorest of the poor in our country."

Education was essential in growing the economy.

"We need to skill our people, create jobs and grow partnerships in various parts of the world," Phosa said

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Zweli Mkhize said the nation should embrace the infrastructure plan announced by President Jacob Zuma in his state-of-the-nation address.

"We need to embrace the plan for a better and brighter future for South Africa. The plan will stabilise our economy."

He said prosperity was not about one person becoming a billionaire.

"It's about ensuring that no child goes to bed hungry and that everyone has a job."

  • Morama - 2012-03-02 20:12

    Ahaaa,who initiated economic freedom inthe first place.The one and the only DR JUlias Sello MAlema.I told a lot of people that there's something big coming and transformation is now not tommorrow...deny it again that Malema would reinstated?

      Max - 2012-03-02 20:55

      Economic freedom is the opportunity to work and provide for your own needs, a foreign concept in Africa. Economic freedom is not the freedom to steal from someone ells who has worked for what they have, the African version of economic freedom. So if Phosa means no more handouts, no more tender fraught, no more crony deployment, no more nationalization and more permanent jobs he is on the right track for economic freedom otherwise he has the same mentality and lack of intellectual capacity as Malema to understand the concept that he is talking about.

      Bokfan - 2012-03-02 21:05

      Ermmm I think Malema spells it Ekkestomach Freedumb

      Ben - 2012-03-02 21:15

      What he said in fact means that the way Malema wanted to tackle the problem is not the correct way. A few people become millionaires and millions are hungry. This way might cause a revolution. He wants us to create jobs for all. There is only one way. Hard work. Build a strong economy. H e knows what he is talking about. He has my full support.

      appietrader - 2012-03-02 21:19

      The ANC was lying to the international community that nationalisation "is not policy"? The phrase "economic freedom" is coupled with nationalisation. "Partnerships in various parts of the world"???? Don't think so! Like many do no direct investing in SA sorry can't trust these rulers.

      Elton - 2012-03-02 21:38

      No you dumb-ass. Malema advocates nationalisation, which is a populist ideology believed by the uneducated (like you), where Phosa advocates education. Since you are too dumb to understand what I just said. Here is the explanation. Malema says you are poor because whites are rich. So he will take from the whites and give to.... himself and nothing to you. As an aside, that is the classical African leader way (ever wondered how Germany, Japan and Singapore is so rich, yet have no natural resources like Zimbabwe? - It is because of guys like Malema). Phosa says, if you want to be rich, you have to work for it. So Morama, if you want to be like Germany, Japan or Singapore - take your finger and pull it out of your ass... cause Malema aint sharing with you what he steals.

      Lungani - 2012-03-02 21:47

      @Morema....Phosa is not part of the top 6 if he always do opposite to the leadership. One thing I know is that people who are lawyers/legally trained are very dangerous because they can cause confusion and war by twisting principles for their own popularity. ANC must unite against descenting and divising individuals otherwise INDESCIPLINE would perpertuate forever

      Morama - 2012-03-02 22:12

      @Elton,to differ with you doesn't give you a right to call me names and swearing at me.If i may clarrify you you that i am one of those people who are taxed around R1600,00 a month then it would sound weird because of the judgement you have already made based on my comments? Nationalisation you are critisizing my fellow south african has been approved by David Brown(CEO of Implats) and assured every listener in 702 yesterday. I think it's high time that you pull your fuudy-duudy head out of your ass and stop commenting from your unbalanced sources of information.

      John - 2012-03-03 06:30

      Mathews Phosa, Please help me with absence and lateness in our country. I cannot educate and transfer skills to people that are not commited to this "Economic Freedom". I'm tired to hire and integrate people with "high degrees" which cannot follow standards, policies and procedures. If someone is so hungry for knowledge and education at least will show his commitment to be ontime and to follow. I think that working culture in our country needs to evolve in order this "Economic Freedom" to touch base with reality. We cannot have students that demand pass/fail to be equivalent exchange in future of economy of South Africa. We cannot have a labour with "high diplomas" and "Industry Certifications" that are not matching their skils....just becouse they have "those papers" overnight. This economic freedom of yours to me right now is to have everyone with PhD and every Taxi Driver with a nuclear physicist diploma in his pocket. 100 years from now... Your "BIG" book will be next to a smal pamphlet describing that absence, lateness and laziness is not tolerated in any company.

  • Piet - 2012-03-02 20:20

    Jippeeeeee! No more taxes! Viva economic freedom!Jippeeeeeee!

      Jeeves - 2012-03-02 20:38

      Bwaaaahahahahaha! I doth laffe'd my @ss off.

  • Morama - 2012-03-02 20:25

    "We need to lead in a way so that a century from today our generation will say political liberation was followed up by economic liberation," Phosa said. Thank's Mr PHosa,as for me I got nothing much to add because that would be destroying this good news.

      Jeeves - 2012-03-02 20:45

      1) Liberation from ignorance through rolling out of affordable or even free internet infrastructure to entire nation. 2) Liberation from ignorance by rolling out state of the art, software based education into schools and technology centers. 3) Liberation from poverty through job creation and personnel training using established education structure. 3) inevitable economic liberation. All other strategies are futile. Technology with human facilitation will give personalized education in every imaginable field to unlimited masses of students. Every citizen will be considered a permanent student. There you go.

      Alex - 2012-03-02 20:54

      Economic Freedom: Economic freedom is one of the main drivers of prosperity, resulting in improved wealth, health, and education as individuals and families take charge of their own future. Economic freedom is the extent to which you can pursue economic activity without interference from government, as long as your actions don't violate the identical rights of others.

  • Lacrimose - 2012-03-02 20:27

    Seriously need a final, official definition of 'economic freedom'. Or is it a new phrase for the old phrase 'economic shopping'?

      Morama - 2012-03-02 20:38

      Look at the deal Between Zimbwabwe government and Implats deal.....that's one of the few and major basics of economic freedom!!!

      Kevin - 2012-03-02 20:48

      Surely you mean "affirmative" shopping!

      Simnikiwe - 2012-03-02 20:50

      Im no sell out or anything but I think we are already economically free. We are free to start our own businesses, create jobs and contribute to the growth of our country. There are organisations out there such as Umsobomvu Youth Fund and NYDA that are willing to provide financial support and information to those who wanna venture into business. The ball is in our own court. We just need to take advantage of these opportunities.

      Cracker - 2012-03-02 20:56

      @ Morama Can you tell us more about the deal? Identify the parties.

      Morama - 2012-03-02 21:58

      @Cracker,David Brown was at 702 between 6 & 7 Yesterday,he is more than prepared to give Zimbwabwe 51% of Implats and he assured Implats of how succesfull would that be for both Zim government and the rest Implats as the Company. So now taking into consideration that Zim is the second in the world after South Africa,how difficult would be for south africa to adapt the same policy? I just wish that those shares get into the people that would make sure that they benefit the zimbwabweans on the ground but not only those who are close to mugabe.And please don't junmp into cocluding that it would be opposite to my prayer because the deal is not yet in place. AND THANK YOU FOR ASKING UNLIKE THE MAJORITY ON THIS SITE!!!

      thozi - 2012-03-02 23:45

      Poor old Phosa saw it working for Juju and decided to copy it. See how popular he's now becoming? And this is the dude who denied wagging a tail for Malema... Hate him or love him, Juju has an aging dude right in his pocket. Economic freedom my foot... How digusting!

  • mundu.olewega - 2012-03-02 20:29 are an idiot. Corruption and crime are the country's biggest problem. You can't deliver services if ANC politicians are siphoning off Billions of R's and the people who are meant to provide the services are BEE appointments who are too dof to actually do the work. And how do you "skill" your people?

      Henri James Christie - 2012-03-04 08:44

      Well said.....

  • spartanx93 - 2012-03-02 20:37

    Another loon who cannot define what "economic freedom" is.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-02 20:40

    Did this guy not become a billionaire through politics (i.e. stealing money that belongs to the people of S.A.)? What has he done to alleviate the plight of our people? Economic freedom comes only through education. It can never be achieved by Arrogance, Nepotism and Corruption. The ANC is yet to define "economic freedom". So far I understand it as the freedom to steal.

  • Victor - 2012-03-02 21:02

    BEE is not economic freedom, but a total false created economy. So, stop getting ways to enrich the lazy BEE comrades, and learn that you have to work to earn something, and even work harder to become rich, unlike the current ANC gravy train.

      Kevin - 2012-03-03 06:24

      SOUTH AFRICA - The only country in the world where the majority have a BEE and AA programme. Disgusting and bad in every possible way.Thugs who accept AA appointments do so because they cannot stand on there own two feet.

  • Bokfan - 2012-03-02 21:04

    What she ees thees Economic Freedumb

      Sadrick Lottering - 2012-03-02 21:48


  • Michele - 2012-03-02 21:11

    Economic freedom is not being dependent on the state on anyone else. Its about educating your kids, looking after your health and being the best you can be. Phosa is right, unless the job creation story is sorted out and sorted out quickly there are going to be more and more JUJU's coming out of the woodwork. 1 The unions need to be cut down to size, labour policies need to be relaxed so that we can get people working. 2 BEE has to go, you can't be competitive in the world environment and provide service delivery whilst companies and we the tax man are hindered by BEE. It is also the root problem behind 90 percent of our corruption. AA can stay but BEE must go. 3 Education and healthcare must be treated as a " STATE OF EMERGENCY " and sorted out asap, to do this the nursing and teachers colleges will have to be reopened. 4 Big time discipline has to be introduced to govt officials. Their performance must be appraised every six months and if the bloke does not shape after a year he must go, that includes old stalwarts like Radebe and co. The time for action is now before we have another Syria on our hands.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-03-02 21:11

    What are we black people? sheeps? many times will ANC shouts economic freedom just to get votes and we fell for it...enough. Guess what I earned my degree without ANC helping and believe me life has never been sweeter for me and my parents...I did it without the BEE aid.

      Michele - 2012-03-02 21:18

      Well done mate, you have every reason to be proud. You cannot rely on government.

      Ben - 2012-03-02 21:36

      And your parents are proud of you. They taught you the right way. I also had good parents to teach me. My sympathy for those who did not have this luxury. Are we doing enough for them. These people are called militant but they know no other way. Are the leaders teaching them to work hard for what they want in life.

  • Jco - 2012-03-02 21:41

    The Words "Economic freedom" can be used by any person with different intrepertations and meanings. Some will use it as a slogan. "Economic Freedom" is a phrase used by many long before Malema was born. Another phrase, claiming they are "War Veterans" by YOUNGSTERS in Zimbabwe, born since 1990 is another example!

  • Sadrick Lottering - 2012-03-02 21:44

    Mr. Phosa, spot-on Sir, spot-on. Rise up fallen fighters, rise and take your stand again...

  • Sadrick Lottering - 2012-03-02 21:45

    Mr. Phosa, spot-on Sir, spot-on. Rise up fallen fighters, rise and take your stand again...

  • Leroy - 2012-03-02 22:16

    Economic Freedom...Sit on your ass while the cows bring the milk home..There is no such thing in the modern world...go to school, study, work hard thereafter...WTF ..the ANC moguls get this, 90 % of those ballies and broads know f@all..

  • Assis Pontes - 2012-03-02 22:32

    What is economic freedom ? A buddist monk and an instant millionaire will have two different views. Is economic freedom based on wealth creation or wealth distribution ? And what is the measure to know when you have attained economic freedom ? It's an absurd's like attaining spiritual freedom. Let's start at the up to the phrase, "economic responsibility" first.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-03 06:20

    Economic freedom.Thought the anc was busy with a leadership economic self empowerment startegy through fraud,corruption and tenders anyway.

  • Mart - 2012-03-03 12:18

    Would be quite interesting to know how many children the '12 wise men' have fathered/given birth to? I ask the question simply to guage the mindset of the wise. Economic Freedom in a country with a population of +50 million does not compute. Trevor Noah jokes about the number of kids who do not know who their fathers are....this might be funny in some quarters, but the reality is that it is the attitude of us men and our belief that we are entitled to sex with whom and whenever it pleases us that has placed us in a situation where the only way to placate 50 million people is to lie and make false promises to whilst they are weak and vulnerable.

  • Cedric Majwane Maleka - 2012-03-04 11:49

    Economical freedom doesn't mean taking away the wealth 4m whites(Hell no,Nobody shul b scared)It simply mean sharing the wealth of dis country equally among all races.My mom used 2telme dat sharing is caring even da bibble says the same.Economical freedom intend 2shortn the gap btwn races dat ws caused by apartheid system and unles all south afrcn agree on playn their part we headin 4 a huge racial fight that wl take our country bk 2where it cme 4m!

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