President Cyril Ramaphosa’s blameshifting and accusations about a colonialist and racist economy is fuel on the fire of uncertainty regarding the country’s economy.
For years TLU SA offered solutions on how to create an environment which is favourable for the economy to grow. In 2005 TLU SA made constructive suggestions on how to introduce new farmers to the agricultural sector within the regular constraints of the business. With this plan, we could have reached the targets for land redistribution within eight years without harming any existing farmer. The suggestions included every aspect of interest for a new farmer, such as identification, selection, training, mentorship, financing and marketing. Farmers would learn to take responsibility for their futures. But, these suggestions were swept from the table every time.
“How many times must we point out to President Ramaphosa and his cadres that the economy judges a person, institution or country by its outcomes?” says Mr Louis Meintjes, the president of TLU SA. “History, politics and accusations of racism do not influence economic powers. It is judged cold and clinically on merit. Those rules cannot be changed.”
South Africa’s social problems increase annually under the ANC’s policies. Unemployment and poverty grow every day. The government’s handling of COVID-19 made the situation even worse. The ANC’s policies are one of the biggest causes for the increasing violence and crime in South Africa.
The struggle-culture is still a part of the DNA of the ANC. In 1976 schools were demolished – ‘liberation before education’. During the lockdown, schools are vandalised and burnt yet again. Rather than taking responsibility for your future, you destroy the opportunity for a better future.
Many ANC-supporters suffer from a culture of entitlement. But, you own something because you worked for it. Those with a heightened sense of entrepreneurship will, therefore, own more. Wealth does not merely exist; you continuously create it.
The government’s policy of handouts will soon have to come to an end because the funds needed to sustain the practice, is drying up. When the government does not have the money to hand out social grants anymore, the daily protests we now see will look like a Sunday school picnic in comparison.
“The solution is economic growth,” says Mr Meintjes. “There is no other way to empower the citizens of South Africa. Individuals can reap the benefits of economic growth if they accept the responsibility for their future and work hard at it.
“But, unfortunately, the ANC’s policies, statements and legislation destroy the trust needed to attract investors. Corruption and inability almost destroyed the state’s capacity. The private sector – which must create the capacity – already feels the blow and is losing trust in die country’s future.
“Some voters possibly still believe President Ramaphosa’s statements about the economy, but it will be the markets which have the final say.”
Issued by: TLU SA
Date: 22 June 2020
Enquiries: Mr Louis Meintjes, President TLU SA, Cell.: 082 461 7262
Mr Bennie van Zyl, General Manager TLU SA,
Cell.: 082 466 4470