Zuma will 'ensure seamless handover' to new ANC leadership

Lester Mason
December 7, 2017

Zuma spoke out against the claim that disgraced United Kingdom public relations firm Bell Pottinger had invented the term radical economic transformation.

Mahlobo also told the organisations that the Energy Indaba was not meant to address the IRP in any way‚ shape or form - instead it was for business‚ labour‚ and government to discuss ways to reinvigorate the energy sector in order to stimulate economic growth.

He said the Indaba took place as off-shoots of economic recovery were being threatened by ever-increasing energy costs.

"We therefore reject the incorrect and patronising assumptions by some sections of society that radical economic transformation policy was developed by a company from London".

He said the ANC had‚ at its national conference of 2012 in Mangaung‚ formulated the policy of radical socio economic transformation.

Zuma also told the delegates attending the Indaba that a united ANC was good for business and good for the country.

Addressing more than 1 000 energy stakeholders, including business executives, union representatives, government officials and diplomats, Zuma acknowledged the prevailing high levels of anxiety within the business community over the ANC leadership contest, which will culminate in elections at the conference scheduled for Johannesburg between December 16 and 20.

Greenpeace Africa‚ Groundwork‚ Earthlife Africa and the Centre for Environmental Rights said on Thursday morning they did not regard the Indaba as a legitimate process for the discussion of SA's energy future. "I met with the seven ANC presidential hopefuls recently and we agreed on the need to ensure unity, order and cohesion at the conference".

The department of energy had hastily arranged the indaba under the theme "Energy Sector Stimulating Economic Growth, Development and Job Creation". Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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