Business' lazy attitude to job creation not helping: iLIVE
A lot has been said about the leadership crisis in South Africa, and unfortunately the perception is that the crisis only exists in government.
It is true that since President Jacob Zuma took over after Polokwane, the country has been slowly going down because he has no vision around which he can mobilise the populace to move forward. This is demonstrated by his outsourcing of the national development strategy to the National Planning Commission. Previous presidents had a vision.
Nelson Mandela's vision was non-racialism, national reconciliation and nation-building (at the expense of economic freedom for black people).
Thabo Mbeki's was the African renaissance, the decolonisation of Africa, giving Africa a voice in global matters, and endingWestern imperialism.
Unfortunately for Mbeki, Julius Malema, Blade Nzimande and Zwelinzima Vavi have other ideas.
However, if there is no leadership crisis in businesses, why are business leaders failing to find innovative solutions that would create jobs and make our country competitive?
Why do business leaders always expect the government to protect them from the Chinese?
Business always tell the government that only businesses can create jobs.
But instead of coming up with solutions to problems, business keeps blaming the labour laws and demanding subsidies from the government, such as the youth wage subsidy.
If businesses are sitting on billions in cash reserves, why must the government provide subsidies?
If this is not an indication of a leadership crisis in business, I don't know what else to call it.