Time to crack down on officials who cripple small firms

07 January 2016 - 02:06 By The Times Editorial

Lost amid the wall-to-wall coverage of the tumultuous student protests, the showboating in parliament, the SAA fiasco and the turmoil triggered by President Jacob Zuma's ham-fisted attempt to reshape the Treasury, was a news item that received scant attention. The Times's sister newspaper, Business Day, reported in November that, three years after implementing a 30-day payment policy, government departments were still failing to pay service providers on time.

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