[DEBATE] : (Fwd) KZN crony capitalism
pbond at mail.ngo.za
Thu Sep 4 05:24:05 BST 2008
So this is how our economy works
September 03, 2008 Edition 1
Civilised society aspires to create institutions that protect consumers
and limit profiteering, yet there are howls of protest when someone has
the temerity to suggest any form of price control. The market knows
best. All we need is growth.
Just ask the Durban Growth Coalition, which seems to be irked by the
need for environmental impact assessments, planning approvals or land
The coalition, co-chaired by KZN premier S'bu Ndebele and businessman
John Barton, has been working quietly behind the scenes to smooth the
A few months ago, Barton gave an inkling of how things worked on The
Mercury's HighRoad page. Apart from an annual breakfast where political
and business leaders got together, Barton and KZN economic development
head Carol Coetzee co-chaired a series of meetings to discuss matters of
"In an attempt to further gauge what could be done to make the business
environment in the province more conducive to growth, the coalition
invited ANC president Jacob Zuma; economic affairs MEC Zweli Mkhize and
(premier) Ndebele to a private dinner party a few weeks ago.
Forty top businessmen in the province were invited to the dinner, where
it was agreed that the press would not be invited. The reason for this
move was to promote open and frank discussion."
Say no more. Why raise awkward questions at these cozy tête-à-têtes?
Could it be that the coalition wants to exempt large, industrial
projects from the environmental impact assessments process and to shift
the provincial environmental impact assessments department into
Coetzee's economic development department?
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