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ramaphosa2Sunday Times reports that President Cyril Ramaphosa's ambition of reaching a social compact to grow the economy and create jobs has hit a snag. Participants have yet to reach a consensus, well after the 100-day deadline the president announced in February.

One of the social partners, the Black Business Council (BBC), has accused Ramaphosa and his government of not being “genuine” in their talks on fixing the economy. Business leaders said the government had not set up a meeting since Ramaphosa made the announcement in February. “We met the president on January 28 because the state of the nation address (Sona) was coming up. At that meeting we discussed setting up a four-a-side and he appointed four ministers – Thulas Nxesi, Mmamoloko Kubayi, Enoch Godongwana and Mondli Gungubele,” BBC president Elias Monage indicated. The four-a-side set-up was meant to shape a framework for engagements between business and the government, but Monage said a follow-up meeting between the ministers and business never took place. Ramaphosa conceded last week that the process had stalled and that the 100 days target might have been an unrealistic target. Cosatu president Zingiswa Losi said there had been a few bilateral meetings, but added: “We feel what matters is the substance of the social compact, not a deadline. We must rather allocate sufficient time and engage in substantial matters with real concrete actions included.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Amanda Khoza at Sunday Times (subscriber access only)

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