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