[DEBATE] : Manuel is still blaming the poor (they're bad; remember they spent their money on alcohol)
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Wed May 21 17:22:06 BST 2008
> Feed: The Times - Breaking News
> Posted on: 21 May 2008 16:30
> Author: The Times - Breaking News
> Subject: Poor must take responsibility: Manuel
> Government's anti-poverty interventions will not succeed unless the
> poor demonstrate a willingness to improve their circumstances,
> Finance Minister Trevor Manuel said.
> Briefing the media during the launch of the World Bank's Commission
> for Growth and Development report in Cape Town, Manuel said
> government's anti-poverty programme could only work if the poor took
> more responsibility for the improvement of their situation.
> "The poor should get actively involved, unfortunately this link is
> lacking in South Africa."
> Government was concerned about the fact that some of the rural poor
> no longer engaged in productive activities such as farming just
> because they were now receiving social grants.
> Land was now laying fallow in rural areas because people were
> getting social grants, he said.
> The report, compiled by a team of economics experts, identified
> safety nets as important tools for reducing poverty. It draws its
> conclusions from the distinctive characteristics of countries that
> had registered phenomenal growth rates over the years.
> None of these countries had managed to reduce poverty before
> realising a higher economic growth rate.
> "The growth report... kills off once and for all the misguided
> notion that you can lift people out of poverty in the absence of
> growth," said renowned economist and chairman of the commission
> Professor Michael Spence.
> African countries with natural resources were growing quickly thanks
> to the hike in commodity prices.
> The challenge was how to use this boom to reduce the region's
> dependency on commodities, and how to face food shortages, a problem
> that might worsen as the climate warms.
> Botswana is one of only 13 countries that have been successful in
> achieving sustained high growth.
> South Africa, Rwanda, Ghana, Uganda and Madagascar are countries
> that, having achieved macroeconomic stability, can now afford to
> think about long-term growth.
> The report calls for industrialised economies to grant African
> countries time-bound trade preferences to manufactured exports to
> help them overcome the disadvantages of being "late starters", and
> to finance the expansion of Africa's tertiary education to make up
> for Africa's brain drain.
> Some of the report's main recommendations specific to Africa include:
> Increasing agricultural productivity and output;
> Reducing the cost of doing business through simplification of
> administrative procedures;
> Continuing progress in elementary school enrolments, improving
> quality of education, and committing more resources to secondary and
> tertiary education, ensuring the inclusion of girls;
> Encouraging regional co-operation and integration, key for
> landlocked countries;
> Giving all citizens and sectors access to secure channels for saving
> and credit;
> Adopting best practices in the area of the exploitation of natural
> resources, such as setting up a fund for resource rents, which pays
> out a percentage of the total each year for the benefit of the
> citizens; and
> Continuing to focus on macroeconomic stability and responsible
> fiscal policies.
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