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Wiseman Nkuhlu: “There is a Lack of Trust Between Government and Business”

Wiseman NkuhluUniversity of Pretoria Chancellor Professor Wiseman Nkuhlu addressed the South African Chamber of Commerce recently about the lack of leadership within the government, which he believes is hampering economic growth.

“There is a lack of discipline and government is not taking the tough decisions needed,” Nkuhlu said.

Luvuyo Wotshela’s 2014 biography entitled, Wiseman Nkuhlu: a life of purpose, follows the life of Nkuhlu, who was imprisoned by the apartheid government at the age of 19 and eventually overcame all obstacles to realise his dream of becoming the first black chartered accountant in the country. Nkuhlu was also former President Thabo Mbeki’s economic advisor.

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Nkuhlu said government and business had to work together to eliminate poverty.

He said that there was a lack of trust between business and government.

“Unless there is real trust… the country will not be able to grow. There is a lack of trust between government and business,” said Nkuhlu.

“Trust has to come not only through government policies but conversations need to be open between government and business.”

He said business must have the courage to talk “straight to politicians” and to be forceful.

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