Press Statements

Sakeliga welcomes ConCourt judgment against EFF and Malema on trespassing and incitement

Mr Malema and the EFF sought to escape culpability for criminal offences by hiding behind a banner of free speech. This judgment thwarts that, assists the office of the National Director of Public Prosecution in its ability to prosecute, strengthens the rule of law, makes the business environment more conducive, and is in the public interest. We are delighted to have played a role in it
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Sakeliga ready for PPPFA appeal

Business group Sakeliga is ready to defend any appeal against its court victory over BEE-based pre-disqualification in procurement regulations (PPPFA). This follows a media statement by the ANC over the weekend, in which it expressed its dissatisfaction with the judgment and insisted, by way of its General Secretary, Ace Magashule, on an appeal. “Public service delivery should […]
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Sakeliga wins court case: BEE and other prerequisites in public procurement invalid: Gordhan acts ultra vires

It is invalid and unconstitutional for organs of state to apply pre-disqualification criteria, such as black economic empowerment requirements, to tenders in public procurement.  The Supreme Court of Appeal ruled in favour of business group Sakeliga today, with costs. The court found that the Preferential Procurement Regulations of 2017 conflicted with the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act, 5 of 2000 and the Constitution and consequently declared […]
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Budget keeps SA heading for fiscal crisis, conflicts with President’s Economic Plan – Sakeliga

Budget keeps SA heading for fiscal crisis, conflicts with President’s Economic Plan – Sakeliga  This budget does not steer South Africa away from fiscal crisis, however much we may appreciate Minister of Finance Tito Mboweni’s attempts to deal with political pressures.   South Africa’s actual budget deficit will be almost 400% what was projected for this year in the 2017/18 budget, the last one […]
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State’s so-called economic recovery plan rings hollow; Business not satisfied

Business organisation Sakeliga says businesses in South Africa are not satisfied by the “economic recovery plan” presented by President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier today. Piet le Roux, Sakeliga CEO, says “recovery cannot be based on continuing the state of disaster, and increasing taxes, government expenditure and government intervention. The ‘recovery plan’ is flawed in that it, once again, places […]
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Sakeliga donates R50 000 to PANDA to end lockdowns, encourages further donations

Business group Sakeliga is giving R50 000 to kickstart the campaign by South African-based anti-lockdown group Pandemic Data and Analytics (PANDA) to end lockdowns world-wide.  The donation is part of a crowd-fund hosted by Business for Ending Lockdown, a group of local business organisations representing more than 50 000 businesses and thousands of supporters.  Piet […]
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Unemployment: End lockdown and place moratorium on minimum wage – Sakeliga

The political, social and humanitarian consequences of 2.2 million people in South Africa losing their jobs tower above the risk of Covid-19. The lockdown should be abolished immediately and drastic mitigation measures, such as a moratorium on the minimum wage, should be introduced without further delay.  Piet le Roux, CEO of the business group Sakeliga, is of the view that “this is the least that the government can do for the unemployed and businesses after an irresponsible state of lockdown that paralyzed businesses, employees and society nationwide”. Le Roux furthermore observes, “South Africa is becoming a hotbed for political and social instability, not to mention the decline in life expectancy due to economic deprivation. The most important aid packages are not more government debt and stimulus packages, but the abolition of harmful labour restrictions, as with the proposed moratorium on the minimum wage.”  Statistics South Africa’s quarterly Labour Force Survey (QLFS) shows that the working population decreased in the second quarter of 2020 by a devastating 2.2 million people from 16.4 million in Q1 to 14.1 million in Q2.  The employment rate – the number of people working in relation to the working-age population – tumbled to a shocking 36.3%, from 42.1% in the previous quarter. The reality is that the employment rate, at present, gives a more accurate picture than the current unemployment rate. 
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GDP crash a man-made disaster – end lockdown now

The 16% decline in GDP from the first to the second quarter of 2020 is a man-made disaster. Recovery starts with ending lockdown, which a responsible government would do immediately, including opening international air travel and not extending the state of disaster beyond its next expiry date on 15 September.   The next step on the long road to recovery will be to bring about an unprecedented roll-back of the state […]
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Sakeliga’s Comment on the Tourism Amendment Bill of 2019

The Tourism Amendment Bill [2019] was published by the department of tourism on the 15th of April 2019 for public comment. Among other changes, the bill aims to amend the Tourism Act in order to empower the minister of tourism to set national thresholds for short-term home–rental. Short-term home–rental is defined in the bill as ‘the renting or leasing on a temporary basis, for reward, of a dwelling or part thereof, to a visitor.’   […]
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