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Government policy chief Joel Netshitenzhe has urged those waiting to run the country after next year's election to "go back to basics" in framing the economic policy to address the country's social challenges.
In a contribution to a book that will be published soon by the Cosatu labour federation, he analyses progress over the first 14 years of democracy and concludes that while the proportion of people living in poverty is falling, inequality is growing.
Netshitenzhe, head of President Thabo Mbeki's Policy Coordination and Advisory Service and former ANC policy guru, says business, labour and government have failed so far to speak meaningfully to each other.
Referring to the Millennium Development Council set up to bring business and labour together, he says: "The tendency has been to shadow-box and avoid the difficult macro-issues that a leadership of the working class and business should thrash out.
"The tendency even in relation to the Growth and Development Summit, which brought together government, business, labour and the community sector, has been to collate what are otherwise the demands of each partner, smooth out the rough edges, paper over the cracks and revert back to the blame game." - Business Times