What has the ANC done to the economy and our people? Why do we, in this modern reality, listen to the political tirades of a Communist Party? Do ministers like Ebrahim Patel (trade, industry and competition), Gwede Mantashe (energy) and Stella Ndabeni-Abrahams (small business development) not understand that centralism and populism come at a terrible price? Why do they think South Africa has the highest unemployment figure in the world?
Work cannot be created in a patronage system where cadres, followers and apparatchiks give each other work (or create work for each other). Almost every minister, mayor or executive of a state-owned enterprise will kick off their term of office by appointing a slew of confidantes in vacant posts and positions.
Yes, this is job creation, but in a healthy economy job opportunities are rooted in the valued-add of a surplus of (expected) profits. We can stigmatise the concept of the owner of capital, but we should not stop an entrepreneur from doing what they do. Without profit, there is no incentive to create jobs.