Press Statements

Government’s proposed cloud policy and data nationalisation is a threat to international competitiveness – Sakeliga

Government’s proposed cloud and data policy misses the mark – and is more likely to harm local businesses. This, according to business organisation Sakeliga, in comments submitted to the Department of Communication and Digital Technologies. Sakeliga’s comments follow the publication of and call for comment by the department on a recent draft National Policy on […]
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Court victory for the business owners of Musina and business group Sakeliga against Eskom and municipality

Two years after the first legal steps to prevent Eskom from interrupting electricity in Musina, a cost order was obtained in favour of Sakeliga in the Gauteng High Court last week. The litigation stems from efforts by Eskom ion 2018 and 2019 to cut off electricity to all users in Musina, including paying businessowners, following […]
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New Employment Equity Bill would require large-scale relocations across South Africa

Conceptually and technically incompatible with the Rule of Law On Tuesday, 13 April 2021, Sakeliga made verbal submissions to the Portfolio Committee on Employment and Labour on the proposed Employment Equity Amendment Bill. The bill empowers the Minister of Labour to prescribe racial demographic employment targets for individual companies to implement at every workplace and […]
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EWC amendment bill risks jeopardising constitutional order and incriminating Parliament – Sakeliga

At Parliamentary committee hearings today, business organisation Sakeliga strongly objected to the proposed Constitution Eighteenth Amendment Bill.   Sakeliga emphasised the constitutional incompatibility of expropriation without compensation, as it has done before, but added that recent formulations risk inviting Parliament to commit public law legal misrepresentations.  Presenting for Sakeliga, Piet le Roux, the organisation’s chief executive, argued that  “Constitutions are not legitimate foundational documents because they have been adopted in a certain […]
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Expropriation Bill process seriously flawed – Sakeliga

The Portfolio Committee dealing with the Expropriation Bill is disregarding written submissions when deciding who to include in public hearings, according to business group Sakeliga.   This state of affairs puts the Committee in breach of its constitutional duty to follow a due and proper process, including proper and fair public participation. The committee should rectify its process, consider all written submissions, and accommodate all qualifying parties at its verbal hearings.  These inferences and […]
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Expropriation Bill rife with constitutional concerns, threatens security of property – Sakeliga

The Expropriation Bill’s attempt to gain the power to expedite and make easier to wield, government’s power to expropriate private property, should be strictly limited and circumscribed. The bill should honour property rights and limit State power.   These were some of the appeals in business organisation Sakeliga’s extensive comment on the controversial bill, which was submitted this week as part of the public participation process.  Piet le Roux, CEO of Sakeliga, said the bill should be aligned […]
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SONA: No structural reform, state recommits to interventionism

Despite dire need, tonight’s state of the nation address did not announce the required structural reforms. As difficult as it is, real reform by President Cyril Ramaphosa would have had to start with an acknowledgement that government policy is the main cause of South Africa’s economic crisis. It would have had to outline an alternative vision of less politics, more business. Instead, the President recommitted his government to […]
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Economic and social recovery requires more; reform should feature in state of the nation address – Sakeliga

Business is relieved by the lifting of some lockdown regulations, even if insufficient, but remain concerned about remaining or reinstated regulations. The threat of future lockdown measures will, until greater certainty prevails, discourage businesspeople from investing and resuming operations.   In the meantime, the government’s commitment to detrimental and divisive politics is causing great harm. Restaurants on the verge of collapse are being forced to pay higher wages. Government is now also openly providing relief for businesses […]
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Race-based tourism relief fund for businesses is harmful and unacceptable – Sakeliga

The new black-only government fund for businesses in tourism is harmful and runs contrary to the public interest. It is morally and economically unacceptable that the state is forcing businesses to base their business decisions on racial classification even in times of crisis. This, according to a  statement by Piet le Roux, CEO of the business group Sakeliga, after the launch of the Tourism Equity Fund on Tuesday by President Cyril Ramaphosa.  […]
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