Busa, Cosatu to tackle SA's economic ills

2011-09-14 16:07

Johannesburg - Business Unity SA (Busa) and Cosatu said on Wednesday that they have agreed on a joint programme of action on several aspects of the economy, including basic education, skills development and the role of small, medium and micro enterprises in job creation.

Issues related to preferential procurement and the need to explore ways of counteracting corruption were also agreed to by the two bodies, which met at Nedlac.

The Cosatu delegation was led by general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi and the Busa delegation by its president, Futhi Mtoba.

The meeting was aimed at finding solutions and common ground on the triple crisis of poverty, unemployment and skills development.

"Busa and Cosatu shared a deep concern about the weakening economy in SA and the deteriorating global economic situation. It was agreed that it had become necessary to revisit the measures embodied in SA's earlier response to the previous economic global crisis in 2009, and identify any new steps that may be needed to address the latest developments," the parties said in a joint statement.

They have agreed to intensify the artisan development programme and to assist poorly-performing schools.

They also agreed to support existing anti-corruption initiatives to curb the scourge of corruption in the private and public sectors. The two groups will also work together to sign an integrity pact, which aims to cultivate ethical behaviour in the private and public sectors.

The joint meeting also discussed the humanitarian crisis in Somalia and agreed that both parties would support programmes geared towards mobilising resources to aid the Somali people, including declaring a national day of action on Somalia.

Several task teams have been mandated to expedite outcomes on all the agreed projects and programmes.

  • proudly - 2011-09-14 16:44

    Yes, Yes. blaa blaa blaa, and nothing more than talking will happen, and then that will be blamed on appartheid at their next party!

  • Sammy - 2011-09-14 16:52

    Cosatu is one of the main culprits causing job losses with their ridiculous demands,this should be interesting to see what solutions they plan to table but I wont hold my breath to expect anything concrete to be forthcoming beside a excellent talk shop sushi and all.

      Nuck Choris - 2011-09-15 08:48

      On the button Sammy

  • letsee - 2011-09-14 16:52

    Much needed initiative and let's hope not a theoretical approach. People must have an interest in develping themselves and not just look for quick cash.

  • Zakhele - 2011-09-14 16:56

    Bull sh*t! It is all lies and a knee jerk reaction for BUSA failure all these years. I wonder why Cosatu is in it? Oh, I just remembered God sell the evil people to Satan!

  • Airwolf - 2011-09-14 17:13

    COSATU to help tackle SA's economic ills?? is this a joke? ...a big part of the problem is COSATU. Thats like the angel of death going to help in a recovery ward. Only in South Africa is this nonsense taken seriously.

      Karien - 2011-09-14 21:22

      Oh absolutely! The unions make people unemployably expensive and hard to get rid of when they don't do their jobs and now they want to tackle the economy as a scapegoat. Allow free market employment to unfold and I'm sure we'll see a drop in unemployment.

  • Sharkie - 2011-09-14 17:28

    wow! This is the most balanced, sensical thing I've heard comming from these two groups. The Lord is comming! it must be! this IS the rapture!

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-09-14 17:51

    Start with the corrupt-incompetent ANC.Oh wait,birds of a feather flock together. Nothing to do,except - blame apartheid and load thos pockets comrades

      Karien - 2011-09-14 21:17

      Have to agree... In the meantime their supporting the ANC in singing songs of war and murder that are sure to drive away any foreign white investors. EISH!

  • anarchocapitalist - 2011-09-14 20:57

    Alas, the only reason to post a comment about any story relating to Cosatu or the ANC or any of the other imbecilic communists in any higher office of this country is merely to vent our frustration and anger and hopelessness about the status quo. This country will continue on its downward spiral to failed communist dictatorship, the likes of Zimbabwe and Libya, until the masses get their heads out of the gutter long enough to realise that their revolution is actually against the ANC, not for it!

  • Naked truth - 2011-09-15 11:13

    It's like asking an airplane cleaning crew to design, build and fly a transatlantic passenger aircraft. They are a bunch of self important bufoons with absolutely no clue. The clown show continues!!!

  • pages:
  • 1