Private sector called out
President Cyril Ramaphosa urged businesses to do more to end the legacy of apartheid and give black people a meaningful role in the economy, only a week after coming under fire for appointing a white man as head of the country’s largest state-owned company.
“The significant progress made in the public sector has not been matched by the private sector,” the president said in his weekly letter to the country yesterday. “Business needs to urgently do some serious introspection. Our transformative agenda cannot succeed unless we work together to broaden the participation of all South Africans in our economy, and it begins in the workplace.”
Ramaphosa’s demand for greater inclusion comes after his government was criticised for naming Andre de Ruyter as CEO of Eskom. The company’s two largest unions said the appointment was a setback for racial transformation, while the Economic Freedom Fighters said it was a deliberate attempt to diminish the role Africans play in the economy.
“Redress continues to be a crucial pillar of government policy, whether it is in land reform, employment equity or in economic transformation,” Ramaphosa said in yesterday’s open letter.