CEOs commit to NDP

2012-12-10 16:44

Johannesburg - Several chief executives of major South African companies have committed to support the National Development Plan and weed out corrupt business practices.

In an open letter published in the Sunday Times and City Press, 33 business leaders called for business and the government to work together to get the country "back on track".

"There is a strong sense that we [South Africa] have lost momentum... Left unchecked, our country is in danger of unravelling," the letter reads.

"As individuals who occupy positions as chairmen and CEOs... we commit to working together with government and civil society to overcome our nation's most pressing challenges."

The letter included the names of acting Lonmin CEO Simon Scott, Gold Fields CEO Nick Holland, AngloGold Ashanti CEO Mark Cutifani and Telkom chairperson Jabu Mabuza.

Nedbank group CEO Mike Brown, Investec CEO Stephen Koseff, Shell SA chairperson and Black Management Forum president Bonang Mohale, and Business Leadership SA CEO Thero Setiloane were also named in the letter.

The letter states that the 33, in their personal capacity, committed to support the NDP to "achieve a vision for a South African economy three times the present size", and an unemployment rate of 6% by 2030.

They urged the government to "effectively implement" existing policies.

"We commit to working together to develop the programmes needed to achieve our common vision," the letter reads.

"[We] will promote a zero-tolerance approach towards bribery, fraud, corruption and anti-competitive business practices."

They would also "aggressively promote" education, skills development and work-related internships.

"We want a winning nation, and call upon all South Africans to join together to create a South Africa that we can all be proud of," the letter reads.

"This is not an exclusive campaign. We call upon all South African leaders to join us in this endeavour."

  • greypatriot - 2012-12-11 09:54

    Why now? What happened to bring about this sudden shift?

  • issa.kabudula - 2013-01-02 10:57

    Africa - our time is now, as the CEOs have now understood the reality of good governance, development, education, health care and welfare to the people which will bring harmony and employment. We don't want dissent jobs - we want work which will manage us earn our living, send our kids to school, pay our rent/buy/build our own homes. Through this we all of us can contribute in stopping crime, developing the country which will lead to peace and tranquility.

  • Debbie - 2013-01-10 18:17

    That is good news! But tell me, how can we go forward when the president himself is corrupt...if he wasn't he would have stood trial by now for all his misdemeanors to prove that he isn't...Why does he not speak to the people and prove his innocence! The leaders of our country are following his example. Once he shows he is serious about ruling out corruption others will follow suit!

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