Zuma to host dialogue on the economy

2012-10-12 11:14

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma will host a dialogue on the state of the country's economy on Friday, the presidency said.

The meeting, to be held in Pretoria, would include government, business, labour, and community representatives.

Business Unity SA, the Black Business Council, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the National Council of Trade Unions, and the Federation of Unions of SA were among the organisations that would be attending.

"The meeting will seek to identify what each social partner can do to respond to the global economic crisis and other pressures on the economy, and how the country can promote economic growth and job creation in the current climate," the presidency said in a statement.

During a business summit in Midrand on Thursday, Zuma raised concerns about the violence of the countrywide strikes and their impact on the economy's growth.

He expressed concern about minimum wages in the mining sector and the conditions in which mineworkers lived.

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  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-12 11:38

    Zuma and dialogue on the economy. That is a contradiction in terms. Zuma and Economy should never appear in the same sentence.

      colin.dovey - 2012-10-12 13:22

      If you have a copy of The Star today (Friday) PLEASE all have a look at the front page picture of Zuma in a classroom....then look at the blackboard next to the teacher and behind her.....I could not believe my eyes! For those who do not read that is a very clear drawing of a set of male genitals, and pointing toward Zuma!!!! What a joke that man has become.

      thandiwe.ngema.71 - 2012-10-12 13:33

      We need to attract more investors like Brazil has. Brazil has halved its poverty and its unemployment. I run a company that makes pumps and seals and I need an investor so I can move to a bigger site and employ 80 instead of 3. I have to buy new equipment as well and I need investors. Sadly an investor from Britain who sees potential in my company wants to wait and see if South Africa stabilizes or descends into a failed country. They won't risk their money unless things ate secure. They invest money on behalf of a pension company after all and they won't want to lose people's retirement money! We need to attract investment... Get it right Zuma - despite the problems now is a perfect time to re-examine and sort things out..

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-12 14:12

      Indeed - it is like asking Charles Manson to have a dialogue on socially acceptable behavior...

      claudia.meads - 2012-10-12 14:18

      Thandiwe83, Another suggestion: why does SA not model itself economically on SINGAPORE..? Today it has an economy with one of the highest levels of productivity, its pivotal economic indicators are among the best in the world (in many instances on par with the EU and the USA), etc. Yet it has a history that is just as, if not more turbulent, than SA.

      thepatrickwinter - 2012-10-12 14:41

      Dialogue after the horse has bolted, is all this spokesman for the ANC knows. Simply put, they do not have the capacity and intellectual capital to do anything constructive and they would never be seen wanting by employing productive pale faced people to do the job. ENOUGH SAID

      raath - 2012-10-12 15:26

      We have a saying in Afrikaans: "Maak van wolf die skaapwagter" (tr: Make wolf the shepherd)

      gauchet1 - 2012-10-13 10:40

      I think it is a great move, his predecessor merely turned a blind eye to it.

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      erich.goosen - 2012-10-13 10:51

      How ironic that this man is going to host this dialogue. He was once almost bankrupt and a shady character 'rescued' him (at a price).

  • julie.meissenheimer - 2012-10-12 11:44

    He expressed concerns...... THEN STOP STEALING SO MUCH

  • vdwjasper - 2012-10-12 11:54


  • terry.burne - 2012-10-12 12:01

    Whoa - zoomer's going to host talks on the economy! This is the guy who knows so little about finances that he got Shady Schabir to manage his perdonal finances! I am feeling just a little underwhelmed!!!

  • Tseke Mphela - 2012-10-12 12:04

    lol..looks like some1 finally realized that he is the president of the country...hope ur not too late!!

  • patsy.smith.125 - 2012-10-12 12:05


  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-12 12:06

    Item no 1 on the discussion - how to misuse money on useless projects.

  • lungile.ndyibithi - 2012-10-12 12:15

    Way to go JZ bt u r late as usual. This is no time for information gathering and planning. We want to see results, you made a promise to the nation and had enough time to plan and put structures in place. Delivery and results is what you need.

  • Brad - 2012-10-12 12:38

    What channel will it be televised on? Comedy Central?

  • DuToitCoetzee - 2012-10-12 12:47

    Please this time talk honestly and openly to each other. Not just talking, but find workable solutions and put structures to implement and control them. Ones that can bring quick relief to all in SA and also serve on the long run. We, normal middle class workers, are drowning under all taxes and duties while not seeing an improvement to the poor that all these deductions/taxes are supposed to help. Also look at our infrastructure. Put a master plan in to increase productivity and new jobs to spread the tax burden. Give all citizens value for their monies. The time is now. Not just talk and talk again. PLEASE!!!!

  • nosiphom.mazibuko - 2012-10-12 12:55

    Lets talk about it - just keep talking and hope things will suddenly change, what a joke. Minign Indaba - a few months later a strike ICT - Indaba - Money squandered ANC policy conference.. When are we going to stop talkning nad start acting? The economy is in shambles beacuse we speak int wisted toungues (SP). Not a soul know which direction the country is taking. Simple question - is there a plan to nationalise mines? The answer will be so long no-one will understand the policy stance!!!!

  • hitting.thefan - 2012-10-12 12:59

    Thatwould be another comedy show, listening to somebody talking idealistic nonsence or not knowing any sensible things. Can I attend for the laughts of it!

  • lielie.smit - 2012-10-12 13:04

    huh? and he knows what about economy? I would rather hide than hitting my name with a plank like that. ooooh, wait, is it actually a comedy show?

  • jannie.kotze.7 - 2012-10-12 13:20

    Just another futile exercise by Zoompie to gain support with lies and idle promises for a second term. Unfortunately there is no leadership or direction from him to address the country's economic problems. He will never get out of bed with the cause of the problem, namely labour unions and communist who are the destructive forces of the economy.

  • twalo.patrick - 2012-10-12 13:29

    please stop being fake u know nothing about economy,unless u want to gain more sponsorship from this economist.

  • winifred.watson.9 - 2012-10-12 13:55

    What would zuma know about the economy, He is only a figurene so he will sit there and nod when he has to, show us that famous middle finger when he needs to and nod again then he will pull out his little piece of paper which has been given to him and out will spew the biggest nonsense and it will leave everybody bewildered. He will get up will they are still trying to fathom out what he said, shake his hand and then leave and laugh all the way home.

      charmy1969 - 2012-10-12 14:18

      One thing he does know is how to waste tax payers money and improve his financial standing

  • J.Stephen.Whiteley - 2012-10-12 14:34

    If Ikandla doesn't show Z despairs of a second term, this does.

  • tony.naidoo - 2012-10-12 14:59

    Dialogue? Yep, Zoombie and Schabir plotting their next scheme! Friggin bludgers.Hope the Hawks are invited too!

  • mo.haarhoff - 2012-10-12 20:49

    This man cannot even work out a household budget; what on earth does he know about the economy? He's only just noticed the strike violence for heaven's sake.

  • alaina.nel.12 - 2012-10-13 09:29

    Zuma,the only economic dialogue you know is to run to your bank with the taxpayers money to deposit into your account.

  • kingthakadus - 2012-10-13 10:07

    Every one must be given a chance to rule,so that it come to the end and the people up their in parliament will tell the ruling results not all the citizens will tell the results,reason been who are you to tell the results and we listen to you.That's life in South Africa today ,I don't know about tomorrow.

  • jacqui.daanevanrensburg - 2012-10-13 10:17

    A monologue more likely.

  • yvonne.joseph.1612 - 2012-10-13 10:32

    Oh this poor uneducated ignoramus with his lackey Mac Maharaj in tow... ready to spew a whole lot of garbage yet again

  • charles.szente - 2012-10-16 16:14

    SOrry for the repost of this comment, it just fits so well with my thoughts on this article. eish. I just read the wall street journal article, mentioned in another news24 item. Http:// It really makes for sad, stark reading. And as a South African that cares deeply about this country, I wonder how many realize that this, along with everything else that has happened, will inevitably impact us all. Yet the deafening silence from our highest leaders, the denials and the lack of willingness to do the right thing is frightening. It is attributed to Edmund Burk as saying "The only thing necessary for the triumph [of evil] is for good men to do nothing." While I cannot make a moral judgment on the general goodness or badness of the leadership of country, I can say that as a citizen I want to cry for what this beloved country of mine has lost, and is losing - yet so little seems to be done to stop it. When so many have the power to do so. We, as South Africans, have the ways, the means, the resources and the opportunities to make this country truly successful on a global scale. What we seem to lack, at least from my limited perspective, is a meaningful common vision, driven by deeply ethical leadership.

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