Within a few months, President Cyril Ramaphosa has done his best to tackle investor negativity in SA. However, creative ways to engage the unemployed have to be developed. The job summit and the investment summit were a success. So was the excellent work done to produce the new Mining Charter. All these have demonstrated, without doubt, the willingness of Ramaphosa’s administration to work with labour and investors to unlock growth potential and create jobs. Negativity has become a currency, so the confidence-building measures are commendable. From an employment-creation perspective, the practical results of the summits, Ramaphosa’s overall stimulus package, and his strategy to rebuild good governance are yet to be realised. The summits were successful only as part of the first and significant steps we needed to take as a country emerging from under water where we were drowning. More still needs to be done to enter into the much-needed sustainable growth phase. The phase must create...

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