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Ackerman: Info bill will scare off investors

2011-06-07 12:51

Pretoria - The controversial protection of information bill will have a direct impact on foreign investment in South Africa, Pick n Pay chairperson Gareth Ackerman said on Tuesday.

The bill will also hamper South African businesses from making critical decisions essential to their survival, he said in a statement.

Foreign investors need assurance that the country is serious about fighting corruption, and that government affairs are transparent and accountable. Readily available and reliable economic data is essential.

“In the absence of these features, South Africa’s reputation as a destination for foreign investment will suffer, as will our reputation as a state that is governed by the rules of openness and accessibility.”

Business, which brings about job creation and economic growth, can only flourish where there is a free flow of information.

“Without the assurance that financial data is not manipulated, that vital information is not being suppressed and that government malfeasance is not being concealed, it is virtually impossible for the private sector to make the long-term, strategic investment decisions that are essential to its survival.”

He urged business to be more vociferous in its opposition to the bill.

“It should be of concern to the business community that any perceived limitation on media freedom will be negatively viewed by the international markets on which we rely for investment and confidence.”

He said the internet and social media would make it very difficult to enforce the bill if it became law. He questioned whether the government is considering deploying thousands of “internet police”. If so, this is not what the writers of the country’s constitution had envisaged.

“The time for business in South Africa to speak out jointly and severally is now. This is one genie that cannot be put back into the bottle.”

Comments
  • FoodForensic - 2011-06-08 14:46

    How Dare Gareth Ackerman comment on Fraud,Corruption,Collusion and Abuse of citizens,consumers and customers. This when the Pick n Pay Group as a whole has been DEFRAUDING AND ABUSING CITIZENS, CUSTOMERS AND CONSUMERS FOR MORE YEARS THAN CAN BE INDICATED AT THIS TIME. THEY ARE UNDER FULL INVESTIGATION BY MANY LEGAL AND GOVERNMENTAL DEPART'S FOR THIS...HORRENDOUS,DIRE,DESPICABLE,IMMORAL,UNETHICAL BUSINESS MANNERISM/S. WHERE BY THE PNP GROUP AS A WHOLE...ADVERTISE,MARKET,DISTRIBUTE AND SELL VARIOUS/CERTAIN FOOD PRODUCTS ...AS GENUINE PRODUCTS BY NAME WHICH ENCOURAGES CITIZENS,CUSTOMERS,AND CONSUMERS TO PURCHASE THESE PRODUCTS BASED ON INFORMED AND EDUCATED DECISIONS..BASED ON TRUTH AND TRUST IN THE COMPANY/ SUPPLIER...HORRENDOUSLY THESE PRODUCTS ARE NOT.. I CONFIRM NOTTTT!! WHAT PNP GROUP AS A WHOLE..ADVERTISED, MARKETED, DISTRIBUTED AND SOLD TO UNSUSPECTING CITIZENS,CUSTOMERS AND CONSUMERS WHATSOEVER / HOWSOEVER...SO MR ACKERMAN YOU HAVE NO RIGHT TO COMMENT ON ANYTHING REGARDING INFORMATION,FRAUD,CURRUPTION AND COLLUSION..UNTIL SUCH TIMES AS YOU AS CHAIRMAN OF THE PICK N PAY GROUP AS A WHOLE..HAVE PUT YOUR ".OWN HOUSE" IN ORDER....LIKEWISE.. WHY HAVENT YOU AND YOUR COMPANY EXPOSED YOUR CRIMINAL AND HEALTH THREATENING, FRAUDULENT BUSINESS MANNERISMS TO CITIZENS,COMSUMERS AND CUSTOMERS OF THE REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA AND EVERY OTHER COUNTRY YOU HAVE COMMITTED OR MAY HAVE COMMITTED THIS ATROCITY AGAINST CITIZENS,CONSUMERS AND CUSTOMERS..NSIR ALL WILL BE REVEALED SOON, VERY SOON.

      flyswat - 2011-11-22 18:09

      And you never buy anything in P&P?? Don't blame the Ackermans. Blame the lack of competition.

  • 100002773486972 - 2011-12-02 15:02

    thnk u foodforensic.he is quik 2 see that investors are going 2 run wht about his company which is not stable.

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