If policymakers are hearing only the private sector voices, who speaks for the majority of South Africans? asks Jabulani Sikhakhane.
The value to any society of dissenting voices is beyond measure. That value is derived not so much from their alternative public policy alternatives, but more from the potential blind spots of policymakers that the dissenting voices point out.
In that regard, economic policymakers in a country such as South Africa, which has failed to address some of its most fundamental problems – extraordinarily high unemployment and poverty – should be opening their ears to dissenting voices.