After two face-to-face meetings following widely publicised differences between us, we have agreed, as Presidents of the Black Business Council (BBC) and Business Unity South Africa (BUSA), to convene an eight aside leaders meeting this Thursday, 04 April 2019, in Sandton, which we will co-chair. This meeting will, among others, analyse the difficult economic situation the country is facing and discuss the challenges facing business that require a collaborative response by organised business.
A single-minded effort will be made towards a unified voice of business in South Africa to continue championing the interests of business and to better partner other social partners (government, labour and civil society) in tackling the challenges of disappointingly low levels of economic growth, stubbornly high levels of unemployment that then lead to increasing levels of poverty and increasing levels of inequality.
We would also address the impact of state capture and rampant corruption and explore ways in which we can promote ethical leadership, sustainable as well as inclusive socio-economic growth and transformation. The BBC and BUSA will focus on finding solutions.
Sandile Zungu and Sipho M Pityana