Black SMMEs priority in KZN

The Star Early Edition - - POLITICS - BONGANI HANS

THE KwaZulu-Natal gov­ern­ment will soon be obliged to buy 70 per­cent of its goods from black-owned emerg­ing busi­nesses in­stead of spend­ing large amounts of money on “cap­i­tal­ist busi­nesses”, ac­cord­ing to ANC pro­vin­cial chair­per­son Sihle Zikalala.

He said the ANC pro­vin­cial lead­er­ship would at the party’s na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence in June present eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion is­sues for the ben­e­fit of black peo­ple.

He was ad­dress­ing thou­sands of ANC mem­bers who at­tended the pro­vin­cial cel­e­bra­tion rally for the party’s 105th birth­day held in KwaDukuza at the week­end.

Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma and ANC trea­surer-gen­eral Zweli Mkhize were among many na­tional ex­ec­u­tive com­mit­tee mem­bers who at­tended.

“The ANC 2014 man­i­festo had said at least 70 per­cent of all goods bought by the gov­ern­ment should be sourced from the co-op­er­a­tives and SMMEs (small, medium and mi­cro-en­ter­prise busi­nesses),” said Zikalala.

He said at the pol­icy con­fer­ence the ANC would have to adopt a pol­icy that would force mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and na­tional and pro­vin­cial de­part­ments to buy most of their goods from black-owned busi­nesses.

“The up­com­ing na­tional pol­icy con­fer­ence would have to be de­ci­sive about the econ­omy,” he said.

Zikalala, who is the MEC for eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment in KZN, said that as of next month the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment would in­tro­duce “a rad­i­cal agrar­ian so­cio-eco­nomic trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme” to as­sist black farm­ers to be pro­duc­tive and to sell their fresh pro­duce to the gov­ern­ment, which would cut down spend­ing on “white cap­i­tal­ists and big su­per­mar­kets”.

“We are go­ing to in­tro­duce this pro­gramme as com­pul­sory, and it is a must.

“We don’t want fronting in co-op­er­a­tives that are go­ing to buy from cap­i­tal­ists to sell to the gov­ern­ment,” he said.

Tar­get­ing youth and women-owned busi­nesses, Zikalala said the ANC in KZN wanted the na­tional body to adopt that the gov­ern­ment should give 30 per­cent of pro­cure­ment to women, 35 per­cent to young peo­ple and 10 per­cent to Strug­gle veter­ans.

And the gov­ern­ment must en­force the pay­ment of sup­pli­ers within 30 days.

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