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Ray Hartley Looks at Cosatu’s Objections to the National Development Plan

How to Fix South AfricaRay Hartley, editor of How to Fix South Africa, has written an article for Business Day about the Congress of South African Trade Unions’ (Cosatu) objections to the National Development Plan (NDP). Hartley comments that the “objections aired so far are of the vague, populist type.”

It has taken the trade unions several years to define a new enemy, but now they have one. Incredibly, they have chosen the National Development Plan (NDP), caricaturing it as a “right-wing” assault on workers. The objections aired so far are of the vague, populist type. Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi was reported as saying that the NDP, which he described as replacing the Freedom Charter, was “a serious assault on workers”.

Ever alert to the power of the mixed metaphor, Vavi added: “Forcing these things, these proposals, and making them the new Freedom Charter, will break the back of the camel. This will become the last straw in every respect.” There was more: “The NDP represents a typical example of the chicken and a pig partnership in which the chicken offers to lay eggs for breakfast but asks the pig to donate bacon.”

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  • How to Fix South Africa: The country’s leading thinkers on what must be done to create jobs edited by Ray Hartley
    EAN: 9780620549882
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