ANC mulls state drugs firm

ANC mulls state drugs firm

2011-07-19 11:30

Johannesburg - The ANC is considering establishing a state-owned pharmaceutical company, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday.

"Serious discussions started at the lekgotla on starting a state pharmaceutical company," he told reporters at Luthuli House.

"It's not just an idea...(it has been) given back to the cabinet to say, 'look into it'... there was a compelling case for it," Mantashe said after a four-day ANC national executive committee lekgotla.

South Africa consumes 25% of antiretrovirals available in the world.

The lekgotla received a report on health, showing a dramatic increase in the number of people tested for HIV/Aids. It has increased sixfold, from two million per annum to 12 million per annum.

There has also been a "dramatic increase" in the number of people accessing treatment.


  • Donovan Jackson - 2011-07-19 11:46

    Another great opportunity for the comrades to steal some tax money.

  • Monsterz - 2011-07-19 11:51

    Mantashe...stick to politics, capitalism is NOT your strong point !!

      DW - 2011-07-19 14:31

      This would be socialism, not capitalism. The current system is capitalist and they dont like it

  • somap2 - 2011-07-19 11:54

    Another parastatal, another centre for corruption and mismanagement, another coach to the gravy train

  • martin - 2011-07-19 12:00

    Yet another source for personal enrichment by the ANC elite.

  • Jawellnofine - 2011-07-19 12:01

    This government is so embarrassing. Why are they investigating ideas that have failed everywhere else?

  • Andrew - 2011-07-19 12:05

    How about government first sorting out the state of hospitals and clinics and basic health services.

  • Glen - 2011-07-19 12:18

    And they could get Sheryl Cwele to run it.........

  • Collitjies - 2011-07-19 12:21

    Starting a drugs company from scratch would be at a huge cost, then again you need personnel suitably qualified to run the company from rescearch chemists to administration staff and all of those in between. Importing is a far better bet don't you think.

      Pete - 2011-07-19 14:05

      True, but I guess that "suitably qualified" in their minds does not translate into work ethic. Just look at the Medicines Control Council...

      DirtySamurai - 2011-07-19 14:12

      Why? If tenderpreneurs can build bridges that put people lives at stake why cant they manufacture drugs?

  • DEVILS SON - 2011-07-19 12:23

    and 18% of that 25 is converted for whoonga smoking by the politicans haha

  • Virginia - 2011-07-19 12:24

    Will this be an incentive for the sick or again filling the pockets of the greedy.

  • wawawa - 2011-07-19 12:26

    Hopefuly not the Government just looking to make money but doing it in a non-profit manner. is that too hopeful??

  • DW - 2011-07-19 12:27

    This would be a great idea in an ideal world. However in an ANC world, this will result in the price of ARV's going up, not down. There are so many people who want kickbacks, bribes, money to feather their own nests, who would use this state-owned company that there would be no benefit to the people who need the help. Imagine if the tollroads in JHB had been built taking into account how it would be financed, with no kickbacks and bribes, and sticking to a pre-agreed budget which was openly discussed in the public. But this is not how it was done, the money is spent and now the loans have to be paid back and the public just have to pay up. Imagine if SAPS could have either built their own buildings in KZN and Pretoria or rented them at market related rentals. But now leases have been signed and the money is going to come out of the ops budget, meaning the equipment, training and other needs in SAPS will be ignored to feather some friend's nest. Imagine if the Mpisanes had actually built 4500 houses (instead of 3000) RDP houses with the money they were given as per the contract, and that all of them were structurally sound and could be given to needy families. But I guess they needed a new Lamborghini or Rolls Royce. Someone in government is seeing how much money pharmaceutical companies make and wants to get in on the act. This will not benefit the people who need the help at all. Someone else will just get richer.

  • onthefence - 2011-07-19 12:27

    Start up funds = tax payers money Corruption opportunities = anyone that can get their grubby paws in Closure = blamed on poor management due to lack of education during apartheid Whole thing should take 5 to 10 years

  • Eric West - 2011-07-19 12:53

    Another parastatal - another failure - another opportunity for struggle buddies to be deployed in high positions?

  • Iron John - 2011-07-19 12:53

    God help us all, especially those taking these meds. Who will get the lion's share of these tenders this time?

  • George - 2011-07-19 12:54

    I pity those that will take such government manufactured drugs. The toxicity levels and poorly manufactured drugs will result in more deaths.

  • Parko - 2011-07-19 13:11

    All these ideas have some merit as long as there is no corruption.

  • Boetman - 2011-07-19 13:17

    Go for it Jacob. The ANC should really have state owned supermarkets and holiday resorts as well. Think of all the great new cader jobs this would add to the taxpayer's bill.

  • 1of49Million - 2011-07-19 13:19

    Why does everything have to be state owned??? Has it not been shown in South Africa and the world that state owned enterprises drain the economy and aren't sustainable? Short term it sounds good as it creates jobs and stimulates the economy. However this soon changes as more and more money is pumped into it. This money would be better used to to introduce services to the communities that need it most!

  • Sisie - 2011-07-19 13:22

    Another form of Nationalization wrapped up in cotton wool. This government amazes me with the ways that they come up with to rob the people of money. Go out and work for a change. Not just for 67mins once a year - that just does not justify your extremely outrageous salaries.

      PunkBuster - 2011-07-19 14:31

      SAA - Poof Eskom - Poof Telkom - Poof Please come see the 4quil poof. Not to be missed. Oh No...

  • janbantjies - 2011-07-19 13:48

    Great...go ahead...This is going to be the mother of all f..k ups.

  • Naphtaly - 2011-07-19 13:57

    GOOD THING GO....GO...

  • DirtySamurai - 2011-07-19 14:11

    I like it - finally some population control! In the same way that he is a great civil engineer and bridge builder, Malema can design the drugs. Your head exploded after two? Eish.

  • Sickly - 2011-07-19 14:14

    why doesn't the ANC just nationalize the world? that way they would own everything. oh wait, then they wouldn't have anyone to blame...

  • Wizard101 - 2011-07-19 14:27

    Juliaaas is going to run the parastatal to give him more money to waiste

  • Kevin - 2011-07-19 14:38

    I think the anc has lost the plot ,unless they reckon a drug company could be a new means of funding the thugs.

  • Doublepost - 2011-07-19 14:46

    Take NOTE sheeple! The ANC is using YOUR TAX MONEY to start up this drug firm in order to offer public, freely available HIV/AIDs drugs in order to snuff out private enterprise and then corner the market itself. Once it has achieved this goal, the FREE will disappear and they will be siphoning off huge amounts of profit, that should belong to the tax payers, and claiming that "THEY WORKED FOR IT!" This is nothing but TAX PAYER FUNDED monopoly building for the interests of the ANC! You have been warned yet again. Why do you still pretend to even think that we have a running democratic nation when all evidence points to the opposite?!

  • Malleus - 2011-07-19 14:46

    Scary fact: The ANC is considering establishing a state-owned pharmaceutical company, secretary general Gwede Mantashe said on Tuesday. Why not a public private partnership so that the taxpayer does not take it in the keister again? I assume this is an additional cost, additional to the NHI, additional to the cost of getting to the clinic, additional to the cost of medical aid for those lucky enough to have it. These clever people and their disregard for the working man. It pisses me off no end and makes me wonder how our governors survive on their meagre public servant allowances.

  • The_Librarian2 - 2011-07-19 14:55

    nationalization pushed too far will cause a collapse of the economy. Soviet Russia and Britain before Thatcher is but two examples.

  • Bosvark69 - 2011-07-19 15:01

    BWAHAHA, yet another spectacular failure in the making, and yet another failure that's going to cost the tax man billions!!

  • Kevin - 2011-07-19 15:29

    So now the question raises its head - where does the government think that the specialist expertise will come from to run the company profitably? Looks like the taxpayer is yet again going to foot the bill for another egotistical rant by these idiots.

      BraVusi - 2011-07-19 16:34

      I am here

  • ks - 2011-07-19 15:33

    Why? you cannot manage the state owned enterprises and government departments as it is. Oh wait, there is greed at play and a select few stand to benefit (again).

  • gmain - 2011-07-19 15:38

    hahahaha. idiots.

  • 50something - 2011-07-19 15:56

    Parastatal = tax money = subsidised = SAA = ESKOM = Transnet = 200+ failing municipalities = highest HIV/AIDS in the world = failing education systems = failing health system = failing infrastructure = ANC

  • will294 - 2011-07-19 17:19

    I think that we have biggest load of idiots in Africa trying to run a modern country - heaven help us !!

  • umlaut - 2011-07-19 20:30

    The state must not be allowed to do business. They messed up the pharmaceutical business sector and now we know why--the bloody crooks--- This is just a crooked way to hi-jack business (nationalization). They pushed private pharmaceutical companies into trouble (it doesn't pay them to make some products in SA any more and NOW they argue to take over.!!!. Which other companies would be next?? When they need to expand this illegal business in future we will have to fork out. Then they start exporting the stuff and oh my, guess where the profits will go? They are also planning new municipal borders before the next elections--the opposition parties doing well now will be absorbed into 'majority' areas and they won't feature any more--all part of the DICTATORSHIP REGIME coming. This little nationalization was long planned and is part of their abortion of this democracy that has only been used to get the help from the stupid WEST. That is why Cusato is patiently waiting in the wings--they all know what the grand plan is. South Africans and F W de Klerk and the world has been conned all along the way. The racist dictatorship is coming. What Dingaan has done the anc has done better and they will do it again and again. That is why SA has never exploded racially-the eager guns have been told--wait my children- our revenge will be sweet.

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