SA is choking on a multitude of economic policy proposals presented by various sectors of society: business, labour, social justice advocacy groups, academics and the government. So much so that the contest over which ideas to implement has hindered progress. There is a need to change how policy ideas are contested to ensure implementation of those on which there is broad consensus.

If we look through the most recent policy proposals from the ANC, Business for SA (B4SA) and the so-called 100 academics, there are common themes where there is no disagreement. However, all sectors of society outside the government have presented policy proposals, many of which have already been tabled by the National Treasury in its economic strategy paper and re-emphasised by the ANC policy document. The ideas in many of these proposals are not new, nor fundamentally different to those already within the government...

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