Creating an Inclusive, Stakeholder Economy
At the centre of our governance agenda must be creating an inclusive, stakeholder economy. This means a nation where we are all stakeholders in South Africa’s economy, where no one is left behind.
To do this, we must:
- Fight to formalise the informal economy by creating an office in every municipality in South Africa where participants can register their businesses. Through formalization, we can help their businesses to access funding opportunities that have traditionally not been available to them. My entire livelihood has been supported by parents who have built businesses in the informal economy. South Africans are incredible entrepreneurs. If we as the DA can speak seriously about helping people in the informal economy, we would be speaking to the majority of South Africa.
- Have the township and peri-urban economies as a centerpiece of our economic offer. We must establish special economic zones that create employment in areas far from city centres by:
- Investing in public transport – we need to help working people – and public transport must be the foundation.
- Establishing job centres that actually help people and not dead ghost buildings which make no contribution to denting our ballooning unemployment rate.
- Decreasing personal income tax by as much as 5% over the medium term. South Africans already pay extra tax for security and reliable private transport. No middle class South African can create generational wealth because we are forced to live hand to mouth.
- Replenish lost skills. We must offer any employer outside of South Africa citizenship or tax incentives, provided they can employ South Africans for a minimum of five years, and show they have upskilled those who have no formal qualifications.
- Improve access to finance and training for SMMEs and allow SMMEs to be tax exempt for the first three years as they try to establish their brands.
- Disband SAA. Use the money to create an entity that will introduce after school activities for all quintile 1-3 schools.
- Incentivise business to stop focusing on quarterly reviews which lead them to job cuts in order to show profit, but rather have long term strategies that seek to put the customer first and invest in their employees and communities. In the end, it’s the most promising way to build long-term value.
Addressing The Climate Crisis
If we want to be the future, then our policy, our thinking and our politics must be the future. We cannot be stuck in the past and want to own the future.
Any future government must be concerned climate change. This is about economics and not just green issues. It’s about the future of the South African economy and whether we have good, reliable and clean energy to create jobs in a shareholder economy.
As national government, we must
- Stop factory farming – not only is it an inhumane way to treat sentient beings, but the toxic growth hormones, antibiotics, and GMOs which are pumped into these animals lands directly onto the plates of the poorest in our country, making people sick.
- Abandon the idea of fracking as South Africa is a water-scarce country and the potential risk of groundwater contamination is far too risky. Contamination of our water would be catastrophic considering many areas are already suffering under drought and this is likely to get worse in the future.
- Support the passing of a comprehensive Climate Change Bill which sets a hard date of 2040 for achieving a Zero Carbon economy.
Improving Social Inclusion
Kind governments take care of their most vulnerable citizens, and do all they can to ensure that all citizens are included in the work of nation building.
To improve social inclusion, we must:
- Cut the public wage bill and use half of those funds to establish one stop centres for women who need financial help to escape abusers. For mothers who may otherwise dump their babies because of postpartum depression to have a place of support and reprieve. Women’s mental and physical health issues must be at the center of our holistic healthcare approach as a country.
- Ensure every child in a quintile 1-3 school gets porridge in the morning, a peanut butter sandwich in the afternoon.
- Establish a centre for creche excellence that will train, license and constantly evaluate creches in township and rural areas in order to invest in early childhood development.
- Address child abandonments which have skyrocketed. We have millions of children who need adoption but the government is now trying to stop private adoption. We must fight to maintain the rights of private adopters because every child deserves a loving home with nurturing parents. Government is too slow with their processes for adoption when parents are prepared to provide homes for children in need.
- Invest in adult re-education for the “lost generation” affected by the poor basic education outcomes of the last 25 years.
- Expand ordinary South African’s ability to access justice. We must invest more in Legal Aid, which is often the only avenue available to ordinary South Africans to access justice.
It is also abundantly clear that government does not meaningfully include the youth, people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQIA+ community into the conversation about issues that affect them.
Having attended the funeral of Lindo Cele, a gay man killed in my constituency of uMlazi, I believe we must re-establish the National Task Team on Gender and Sexual Orientation-based Violence Perpetrated against Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Intersex (LGBTI) in the Department of Justice, tasking it to look into this incident and may more like it.