"One would be hard pressed to find a South African who does not have an opinion on the current power crisis," writes Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown. "Such robust debate is welcomed as part of our democracy. Nevertheless, there are times when the need for a nation to rise as one and work towards the greater good is paramount."
As we did when we successfully hosted the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the people of South Africa must work together, saving electricity and planning for load shedding, to help us through the current power crisis, writes Minister of Public Enterprises Lynne Brown.
Following the global financial crisis, conventional banks have lost a trillion dollars, yet they are still not in favour of lending to the poor, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus said on Saturday.
Proposed interventions by a joint government, business and labour task team will help buffer individuals, industry and business against the worst effects of the global economic crisis, and ensure the country is ready to take advantage of the next upturn.
Growth of 2% is still substantially better than the 0.25% we had in 1998. And this growth is still more than the population growth. As long as economic growth stays ahead of population growth, we are pushing forward, writes JP Landman.