“Decent” jobs for all?
I HAVE NOW heard and read election speeches by various parties. However, there is one aspect in Zuma’s ANC speech, which is incidentally repeated by Jesse Duarte (“Economic growth means poverty reduction”, Finweek, 29 January), that I don’t really understand. Zuma referred to “more new and decent jobs to be created”. Jesse Duarte says: “At the core of its plan is the creation of more jobs and decent work.” What I would now like to know from someone in the ANC is what work is “decent” (or even “indecent” – except prostitution). As far as I am concerned, surely any work, no matter how lowly it’s considered, is decent, provided it’s done decently.
Would it not be better for the ANC to make fewer promises (count the promises made in Jesse Duarte’s election statement!) and rather to carry out some of them decently. In the 15 years in power, there aren’t many successes to record.