By Busi Mavuso
Following the July unrest, many business leaders want to rebuild, but they cannot do it without a sense that government and the rest of the country has their back.
I want to add my welcome to the incoming president Bonang Mohale and deputy president Adrian Gore, who are taking up the leadership of Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) at this crucial point.
I feel positive that we are moving in the right direction, both on the vaccine programme and the economic policy changes needed.
A successful vaccination programme is critical to being able to rebuild the economy to be able to support all South Africans.
I wish Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana all the best in his new role. He is taking on one of the most difficult jobs in the country. It is central to business confidence.
I hope that government’s new-found affinity for pragmatism kicks in again and it finds ways to accelerate structural reforms.
The resumption of alcohol sales is extremely important for an industry that has been brought to its knees by the ban, as well as the rest of the supply chain from bottlers to restaurants.
The president’s speech on Friday evening, flanked by the heads of the police and army, was the right message to convey to the public.
By Busi Mavuso
Business confidence has had a shot in the arm from several directions at once. The arrest Jacob Zuma and improvements in vaccination rates are some of the reasons why.
The business sector is a national asset. Government needs to work with it to ensure it is not unnecessarily damaged.
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