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ANC NEC member and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for finance and economic development, Zweli Mkhize, has called on people in the province to take business opportunities provided by the government seriously.
He was speaking at a meeting at Qokololo Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Friday.
Mkhize referred to Zimbabwe, saying it was once an economically viable country but its people did not preserve what they had and ruined it.
"We have to preserve and protect our democracy. We need to make use of all business opportunities.
"We have to jealously guard and protect our freedom because if we don't we are doomed.
"Our first enemy is laziness," said Mkhize.
He said South Africa's economy was booming but only those who took up the challenge would benefit.
Mkhize, tipped to take over the ANC chairmanship in May and the premiership next year, said there were things that people took for granted.
"South Africa is the only country where you get paid for being old," he said.
"In most countries, you have to save for your old age."