Cosatu sneezes, we all catch cold - youth body

Cosatu sneezes, we all catch cold - youth body

2014-10-17 15:49

Johannesburg - The implementation of several great plans by government have disappeared "like dew in the morning sun" and the National Development Plan (NDP) faces the same fate, the IFP Youth Brigade said on Friday.

"South Africa has been down this road of grand plans and ideas before," Inkatha Freedom Party Youth Brigade chair Mkhuleko Hlengwa said at the NDP Indaba in Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal.

"Since 1994 great plans have been mooted, but their implementation has never seen the light of day," he said.

He said the Growth, Employment and Redistribution (Gear) plan was progressive, but disappeared "like dew in the morning sun".

"The same fate befell the Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative [AsgiSA]. In a similar fashion, the youth wage subsidy also walked the plank."

Gear was introduced in 1996 to address high inflation, declining gross domestic profit and a large fiscal deficit. The objective of the plan was to transform South Africa into an outward, competitive economy.

The aim of AsgiSA, meanwhile, was to ensure that economic growth accelerated to at least 4.5% between 2005 and 2009, and about six% between 2010 and 2014. It was hoped that this plan would halve unemployment and poverty by 2014.

In January this year, the SABC reported that the Employment Tax Incentive Act, commonly known as the youth wage subsidy, came into effect. The government hoped the law would accelerate employment for young people and create jobs in special economic zones once legislation had been promulgated.

In terms of the act, employers would receive a tax incentive to employ young workers for a maximum of two years under specific conditions.

Hlengwa said these "monumental plans" faltered at the resistance of unions, particularly the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu).

"The NDP finds itself facing the same resistance and potentially the same fate as Gear, AsgiSA and the youth wage subsidy," he said.

"At every turn, South Africa has found itself having to buckle under the pressures and whims of Cosatu at the collective expense of the poor... When Cosatu sneezes, we all catch the cold."

Hlengwa said it was important to determine who the "friends of the NDP" were.

"We must know who is who in the zoo, so that with those sane South Africans we may put shoulder to the wheel and see to it that the NDP is implemented."

He said the IFP was a friend of the NDP, which seeks to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality in South Africa by 2030.

"For the next 16 years, South Africa has a roadmap. The vision is clear... All that remains is political will on the part of the present-day government to do that which needs to be [done].

"The NDP must become a living plan and find expression in the day-to-day operations of South Africa."

Hlengwa said political will needed to become political action.

"2030 is today. It is not some distant destination in the future... And today is the opportune moment to do things differently and not buckle under the pressures of Cosatu and other NDP antagonists.

"We need to be a nation-in-discussion on key issues of substance, not on cheap sensational populism which does not enhance the prospects of alleviating the plight of the poor."

Hlengwa noted that the NDP relied heavily on the production of skills.

"If this cannot be done, the NDP runs the risk of becoming a utopian pipedream, incapable of implementation.

"In 2030, 16 years from now, we must not look back and say the NDP was 'a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing'."

  • Nettie Potgieter - 2014-10-17 16:15

    When Cotsatu sneezes the we get diarrhea because we know they are going to do harm to the economy.

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-17 17:08

      Cosatu represent those who have jobs.Not the jobless.But as soon as those jobless get a job,they join Cosatu and start to strike.Then they also don't care for the other jobless.Only solution is that the government must regulate the unions.Oops..that wont happen.Cosatu is part of the Alliance.

      Jurgen Hartmann - 2014-10-17 17:23

      A prime example of the COSATU losers having too much say with the rANCid is that the retirement reforms are now being postponed to 2017, which were to the benefit of all citizens and employers. WRONG WRONG WRONG

  • John Williamsii - 2014-10-17 16:31

    COSATU said no to competition in the electricity industry. No to privatization. And Eskom couldn't manage it all alone. So who is to blame for the mess we are in? 100% COSATU. Because we didn't privatize. How can you grow an economy without electricity?

      Made-In SA - 2014-10-17 17:36

      Maybe ZANC wanted us to run short on electricity,so they can buy R1 Trillion plus Russian nuclear reactors.And get the "Eiffel Towers" and brown envelopes as happened with the arms deal.The bribes earned from the arms deal is spent,time for a new "arms deal".This time it will be the arms deal multiply a 100 times in value.

  • New_South_African_Glory - 2014-10-17 16:42

    Wow would have loved to meat this guy. It is a rare moment in SA politics for someone to talk so much sense. I am glad there are some sensible youth in coming through the ranks. IFP Logo: An elephant (Grace) ANC Logo: A spear and shield (Violence) DA: A sun rising and colors (Hope) My analogies may be cheap and short sighted but it fits my mood for the day.

  • Johannes Machele - 2014-10-17 21:20

    We need more but the problem is not Unions alone add ministers to da mix, why I'm saying that they run labour brokers, union as they control it's leadership, truth be told Alliance from Sasco to Cosatu they all irrelevant unless if they all had this guy vision, but mostly all this dying political parties always say something with sense but nobody votes for them Eish

  • Phelamanga - 2014-10-18 07:43

    The state cannot be in bed with the unions, neither can business. But, the inclusion of COSATU in the Tripartite Alliance, and the use of BEE to place union leaders in the corridors of power ensure that the unions will always hamper any action that will lead to greater investment and development, simply because if these create a situation where people do not need unions the unions will become sidelined. They will lose their power and their central position politically and economically. Therefore, they need to encourage people to be dependent on the state and the unions so that their minds can be controlled. The unions encourage poverty because they can then provide hope to those who don't have it. Middle class people do not need the same kind of hope that poor people need, and they don't need socialist unions. Strangely enough, there are more ex-socialist union leaders in the cabinet than there are union leaders in the country. The reward for keeping people poor?

  • venter.tonder - 2014-10-19 06:22

    Whites are so negative in everything that has to do with the skin black

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