Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has noted reports on an
advertisement put out by business CEOs and chairs of companies in their
individual capacities over the weekend on the state of the country and the
economy, the presidency said.
It was reported that banks had warned the ANC to be aware of
the implications of its policy decisions at the upcoming Mangaung conference.
"The bottom line is, if (ANC delegates) take incorrect
decisions on mining, land and agriculture, it has an impact on us," said
Banking Association of SA MD Cas Coovadia.
"The Presidency welcomes inputs into the discussions on
how to build the economy and in particular ensure labour absorbing growth that
will take us further in dealing with poverty, inequality and unemployment.
The president and government remain open to discussions with
business at any given time because building South Africa is a collective
responsibility and all sectors have an important role to play.
The president will continuously engage business in the New
Year as this sector is critical to the imperative of growing the economy and
creating jobs and a better life for all," the presidency said in a
The business sector was also crucial to the implementation
of the National Development Plan, the presidency said.
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