SA: President calls for robust partnerships to grow economy


President Cyril Ramaphosa says to achieve the goal of creating the “South Africa we want”, all sectors of the economy need to rally together and work towards a common goal.

The President said this when he fielded oral questions in the National Assembly on Thursday afternoon.

“If we are to achieve the South Africa we want, we need to forge durable partnerships with government, business, labour and communities as well. Government is hard at work to create an enabling environment, use public resources wisely and invest in developing the country’s human potential,” he said.

ANC MP Judy Hermans had asked the President what government’s plan is to address the challenges of slow economic growth and the rising unemployment rate.

The President said it has been a year since government announced its recovery and stimulus package and government has begun implementing several measures to ignite growth. This includes looking at the VISA regime with an aim of attracting more tourists and more skilled professionals to South Africa.

The Department of Home Affairs recently issued a list of countries that will receive VISA waivers. The e-VISA system will soon be piloted to modernise the country’s VISA system.

Government has also introduced trade measures to safeguard key agricultural sectors like poultry and in the process, protect jobs.

The President said the publishing of the policy paper on the release of spectrum in the Government Gazette will help to draw fresh investment to the ICT sector.

In forging ahead with agrarian reform, R3.9 billion has been released to support black commercial farmers through the Land Bank.

“To promote greater certainty in the use of land for productive activities, we have finalised over 1 400 thirty-year leases forJ