Picture: 123RF/ webandreas onlinecom
Picture: 123RF/ webandreas onlinecom

“Localisation” policies are evidence of an outright rejection of the reforms that businesses and investors need to spur high growth (“At last, some localised competition for Patel’s policies”, November 17).

Once the Cold War ended, supply chain integration became this era’s “assembly line equivalent” for surging growth and productivity. Our economy is as out of sync with today’s globally determined economic success drivers as our governance structures were hostile to global norms when the Berlin Wall fell. What followed was a broad overhaul of our political structures.

Since then an integrated global economy has emerged that has pummelled poverty in all other regions. Even if all South Africans were ethnically homogeneous, the economy would still need to be aggressively restructured to keep up with the times through pivoting away from a separateness that is sustained by economically isolationist policies.

Over-reliance on commodity exports ensures that continued sky-high youth unemployment will unravel our already tattered social fabric. Localisation policies, and the ANC’s emphasis on redistribution generally, trace to favouring special interests.

Our economic discourse must be recast to reflect our ongoing — and unaffordable — own goals. The basic income grant debate will soon reach a crescendo, just as the 30th anniversary of the referendum to end apartheid approaches.

Shawn Hagedorn,Via BusinessLIVE

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