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Min­i­mum-wage laws have de­stroyed do­mes­tic jobs

Of course min­i­mum-wage laws have de­stroyed many of th­ese jobs, “Do­mes­tic work­ers suf­fer as pro­fes­sional jobs fall” (November 4).

SA’s pol­icy is to rather have un­em­ployed peo­ple than peo­ple earn­ing “too lit­tle” as cal­cu­lated by some bu­reau­crat.

Surely the worker has the abil­ity to de­cide if it is in their in­ter­ests to take what they can get, or not? The worker’s abil­ity to make this de­ci­sion has been re­moved (for their own good, of course). The em­ployer is free to de­cide, so they just don’t em­ploy.

David Davie, on busi­nesslive

De­layed fuel-price hike a ruse

You can bulls**t some of the peo­ple some of the time but not all the peo­ple all the time. Car­ry­ing over the de­layed [fuel price] in­crease to December is not go­ing to work.

Trump’s ac­tions against Iran will af­fect the oil price from November. So we will see a mas­sive in­crease in December in­stead of small steps. That is go­ing to back­fire on the govern­ment in a big way. They are gam­bling on the tra­di­tion of a Christ­mas shut­down from around December 14 so peo­ple won’t have time for protests.

Pi­eter Joubert, on busi­nesslive

Cyril was party to Zuma’s ac­tions

For as long as Cyril Ramaphosa puts his party ahead of the coun­try he rightly is doomed to fail­ure, “‘Sober ’ ANC must step up if Cyril is to sal­vage SA’s for­tunes” (November 4).

Ad­di­tion­ally, and as damn­ingly, Ramaphosa was party to every cabi­net de­ci­sion taken in Ja­cob Zuma’s sec­ond term and, of course, was part of the ANC NEC th­ese past 10 years. Things that hap­pened didn’t just hap­pen. He’s not to be trusted!

Ge­off Coles, on busi­nesslive

SA re­duc­ing stats and data

Stats SA is re­duc­ing sta­tis­tics and data col­lec­tion, “Stats SA might not have the num­bers to get crunch­ing” (November 4). Data is cru­cial for anal­y­sis and the man­age­ment of the econ­omy and govern­ment pol­icy.

That said, ev­i­dence would sug­gest that the govern­ment pays no at­ten­tion to the sta­tis­tics any­how.

Dar­ren Rear­don, on busi­nesslive

Cameron a fine one to talk

The story “Pop­ulism ‘mak­ing the world un­sta­ble’ ” (November 4) refers. David Cameron still doesn’t get it.

It’s a two-way street — it’s the world’s in­sta­bil­ity giv­ing us un­sta­ble pop­ulism. He helped it by hold­ing the fi­asco of a Brexit ref­er­en­dum.

Paul Whe­lan, on busi­nesslive

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