'We must all work together'
BUSINESS and government need to pull in the same direction in view of global economic risks, ANC treasurer-general Mathews Phosa said yesterday.
"We simply do not have the luxury to emphasise our differences - which there will always be - to the detriment of our many agreements," Phosa said in a speech prepared for delivery at the FNB business club breakfast in Johannesburg.
"In choosing our future, whether those choices are for policy options or leaders, we cannot even consider choosing against certain alternatives or individuals."
He said the country needed to get rid of the negative mindset of "we cure ills with more of the same".
"We must choose for change, for good policies, and for people who will selflessly impact against poverty and unemployment.
We must choose for change and not waste time in formulating a discourse on what and whom we are against," he said.
Phosa outlined steps he thought would improve service delivery.
He said a small and competent team should be given powers to investigate suspicious tenders and that tender processes at all levels of government had to be open to ongoing scrutiny.
"The current institutions of planning and monitoring and evaluation leave a gap.
"I suggest that ... the government engages with the business sector with a view to their releasing a team of current and former executives to formulate advice to government on how to accelerate delivery," he said.