• To do list

    Keep separate lists to ensure your to-dos don't get cluttered and gain stress-free productivity, Ian Mann.

  • Clueless leaders

    Zim's leaders are clueless about managing the economy or leading the nation, says Malcom Sharara.

  • Govt is out of touch

    Journalists seems to know more than those paid to govern us, says Mandi Smallhorne.

All data is delayed
See More

Nedlac future to be debated - labour DG

Apr 18 2012 16:34
Cape Town - The future of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) needs further debate, MPs heard on Wednesday.

There is need for a serious and intensive broader policy debate by social partners from business, organised labour and government about Nedlac's continued relevance, labour department director general Nkosinathi Nhleko told the National Assembly's labour committee.

During a presentation by Nhleko and departmental officials on the department's strategic plan for 2012/13, some members of the committee said the Nedlac's relevance had expired and it was time to "close shop".

Nhleko replied that Nedlac's relevance could not be determined through a strategic plan.

"Nedlac as an institution of social dialogue was brought about by prevailing circumstances at the dawn of our democracy."

As to whether the country still needed it, this could not be answered by one partner to the exclusion of others.

"It will help to remember that this debate is not unique to South Africa. Many countries still grapple with the question of a social parliament. While some have abandoned it, others have kept it."

Such a debate should be able to answer why some people thought Nedlac did not address developmental goals meant to boost South Africa's economic goals, Nhleko said.

Nedlac executive director Alistair Smith said the debate should focus on repositioning the institution rather than disbanding it.

"Factors that impact on Nedlac's performance include the commitment by partners to social dialogue, tensions among partners, as well as the capacity of the institution," Smith said.

The solution lay in social partners agreeing on the rules of engagement in the interest of accountability, he said.

business  |  cosatu  |  nedlac  |  sa economy


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

We're talking about:


Debt is one of the biggest financial issues facing South Africans today. Find out how you can avoid and manage your debt with Fin24 and Debt Rescue.

Money Clinic

Money Clinic
Do you have a question about your finances? We'll get an expert opinion.
Click here...

Voting Booth

Labour’s call for a cap on salary of high earners is?

Previous results · Suggest a vote