The plight of South Africa’s economy is the biggest problem facing every South African at present, says President. Cyril Ramaphosa.
Ramaphosa said this on Tuesday on the eve of Finance Minister Tito Mboweni’s budget speech when he was the keynote speaker at the official opening of the National House of Traditional Leaders (NHTL) at parliament.
Khoi and San leaders also attended the NHTL session as official members for the very first time so far after Ramaphosa signed the Traditional and Khoisan Leadership Bill at the end of last year, which henceforth signed Khoisan communities, leaders and – structures statutorily recognized.
Ramaphosa further told the country’s traditional leaders that everyone feels the consequences of the weak economy. “Whether we are in parliament, a member of the NHTL, a shopkeeper, a worker or a student, we all feel the consequences.”
According to him, it is especially rural areas that are most affected by an economy that does not grow but has job losses.
“This promotes serious social problems such as drug and alcohol abuse and gender violence.
“However, as I said in my State of the Nation Address, this is the year in which we will focus on inclusive growth and promote the building of a competent state. That means we will restore the base in the first place. “
Ramaphosa said inclusive growth and development should therefore be taken to the people. “To where they live, work, worship and study.
“We will move away from the top-down approach to service delivery that has caused wastage, duplication, mismanagement and corruption.