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Nzimande addresses key economic and social issues with COSATU Central Committee

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COSATU has issued a message that was delivered to the COSATU Central Committee by the SACP’s SG, who addressed key issues around the economic and social state of SA.

On Wednesday, 22 September 2021, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) issued a message delivered to the COSATU Central Committee by the South African Communist Party (SACP) Secretary-General (SG), Blade Nzimande. Nzimande highlighted how the global COVID-19 pandemic had economically and socially affected the country, worsening the already existing high levels of unemployment, poverty and inequality. He further stated that this resulted in the loss of over two million jobs in one quarter from April to June 2021.

Nzimande further stressed that there is a need for a rapid emergency response to the structural economic crisis being experienced. He also emphasised the need to address certain key issues, such as the need to drive mass empowerment, structural transformation, as well as the reconfiguration of the alliance and building strong organisation. The SG called for strengthened unity and a strive for policy changes for breakthroughs.

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What were Nzimande’s views on SAA and SABC retrenched workers?

Nzimande noted that in the public sector, South African Airways (SAA) and the South African Broadcasting Coporation (SABC) had retrenched workers, with SAA being placed under business rescue. The SG stated that capitalist bosses had retrenched workers as their priority was, as always, on protecting profits.

What does Nzimande think about the private sector?

Nzimande believes that the SACP needs to work together with COSATU to confront and roll back the ideological agenda that argues that the private sector is the saviour, while the public sector cannot advance the interests of society, workers and the poor.

In what ways will a basic income grant assist the impact of the pandemic?

The basic income grant can, and will, act as an economic stimulus for the millions of South African workers in the informal and small, medium and micro enterprises (SMME) sectors, as they have been severely affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Mahlohonolo Lakaje
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