The question of what came first, the chicken or the egg, might not have a simple answer, but the 80/20 principle is simple: direct your efforts to the 20% that contributes 80% of the desired outcome. Looking at the SA economy, the chicken industry is a 20% one — that can deliver 80%. All it needs is strategic, co-ordinated and coherent investment from all stakeholders, and both the public and private sectors. The statement issued by the department of trade and industry early in March mentions that research work on the development of the “poultry master plan” has started as a joint effort between several government departments and the SA Poultry Association. That such a plan cannot be hatched soon enough is illustrated by a few examples that suggest the public-sector hand does not know what its private-sector counterpart is doing, and vice versa. In its pursuit of the entirely legitimate and necessary programme to bring about economic transformation, including black industrialisation...

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