Business urges clarity on job creation

2011-02-11 12:22

Cape Town - The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Friday it would have liked President Jacob Zuma to give greater detail on how the state hopes to nurture an environment in which the private sector can unlock job creation potential.

"We would like to have seen greater focus ... on what role government will play in creating and maintaining a nurturing environment for business so that employers can contribute to job creation," Sacci said.

It was one of 10 areas in which Sacci faulted the president's third state of the nation address for not providing greater clarity on the government's plans, although it welcomed his overall focus on job creation.

Sacci said there was a need for more detail on how the government intended to form partnerships that will help private power producers enter the market, and on the establishment of an independent system operator in the electricity industry that was mentioned last year.

It wanted to know more about the national health insurance policy, tourism and green economy strategies and on the initiative to encourage youth employment.

Also missing was an indication of when the green paper on land reform would be published and feedback on whether ministerial performance contracts were working.

Sacci said it had hoped to hear of progress in implementing the local government turnaround strategy, and a commitment to ensuring water supply security and sustainability.

The chamber said it welcomed Zuma's "recognition that the government needs to work with business and other social partners to achieve its objectives and that job creation is a prime function of the private sector but that government will play its role".

It also hailed a R20bn allocation for tax breaks for manufacturing, but cautioned that controversial new labour legislation published for comment in December could curtail job creation by the private sector.

"Government cannot call on business to play a stronger role in employment when there is restrictive legislation in the offing," it said.

Business Against Crime SA also endorsed the commitment to job creation, as well as the president's promise to keep the fight against crime a national priority.

  • Investor - 2011-02-11 14:22

    Government and Business have to work together to create jobs, as happens in other BRIC countries, which are creating growth and jobs as we waste time debating nationalisation and chasing investment to other destinations.

  • Sello - 2011-02-11 15:24

    The president does not have the details either. He just spoke and hoped someone out there would understand and do something creative. Do people still not understand we have a president who lacks depth?

  • tony - 2011-02-12 10:27

    You are both so correct Sello and Investor. I am not a Zuma fan and agre he lacks depth--infact I think he is dumb and stupid to boot --however the job creation project is the NUMBER ONE strategory that this incompetent government should do above ALL else Lets hope that the speach reader understands that government per se cannot greate jos [[and if they do all this does is bring down the productivity and increase the cocts with NO RETURN on investment] What they must do is vigerously engage with the business sector and with help, put this money to to good use and good returns Evary year I hope that what he says in his speach becomed a practical, vibrent and clever strategy to create jobs ---sadly every year this has not been the case and all it is is lip moving. Could this year be different --i hope so but i have serious doubts the strategy is 100% corect but can they turn the thought to action!!!!!!!!

  • Debbie ann Brain - 2011-02-12 20:05

    New industries provide new jobs.The government should create a "bahaus" by creating a group of people who can recommend innovative ideas to small businesses who instead of monopoplizing the poor, can create wealth for every citizen by vitue of the intrinsic benefits

  • Debbie ann Brain - 2011-02-12 20:15

    Businesses and industry should be verified by the S.A.B.S. whose perimeters could be enlarged to limit imports and encourage local manufacture rather than exercise hands-off fantastical BoE contracts.

  • Debbie ann Brain - 2011-02-12 20:27

    The government could create employment for prisoners,handicapped and the very poor by offering incentives to new companies who are abled to do this.No-one in S.A. would not support these causes if it meant purchasing a standardized item eg pine-furniture or innovative woven products

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