Last month, business made its voice heard with a simple message: Business believes in South Africa. In Alexandra, we launched a "Contract with South Africa" to demonstrate how we, too, want inclusive growth and transformation. Central to that contract is our commitment to create jobs. Research reveals South Africans are deeply pessimistic, with lack of access to jobs, poverty, corruption and nepotism among key concerns. Many of the nine million South Africans without work think it's virtually impossible to get a job, and partly blame it on rife corruption. And they think the jobs of the 16-million employed are poorly paid. This leads to huge disillusionment, with both business and government in the line of fire. However, business is seen as effective at creating and providing access to jobs, in contrast with the nepotism often associated with government jobs. We need growth of over 3% a year on average. The current under-1% levels just don't cut it. When business and Cosatu leaders ...

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