It's commendable to want to cut red tape for job creation. But then plans must actually be implemented and the necessary business licences issued, writes Vuslat Bayoglu.
President Cyril Ramaphosa is moving gear on his economic recovery plan as he focuses on nitty-gritties, insisting on deadlines and boosting the capacity of his office. He seems to have taken time to fully grasp the negative impact of slow bureaucracy on investment and job creation.
An assessment of his response to the delays in the granting of water use licences shows how he is identifying stumbling blocks and wrestling with them as he goes along. It’s important for industries to monitor the president’s directive and assess whether they are gaining traction within the state.