Press Statements

Sakeliga calls for businesses to develop strategies that factor in harmful state interventions

“Government does not have businesses’ support for more of the same, as contained tonight in the address by President Cyril Ramaphosa. It is required and foreseeable that in the months and years ahead businesses continue altering course themselves. Businesses are and will be developing plans and strategies that factor in harmful state interventions and state […]
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Opening of N3 welcomed – relief convoy redirected, and security escort called off

Given the reopening of the N3, the 20-vehicle strong emergency relief convoy for KwaZulu-Natal, announced by business organisations on Thursday, will now travel individually. The intended armed security escort has also been called off.  All relief supplies and stock that would have formed part of the convoy will now be carried by transport vehicles departing at their earliest convenience, several likely already […]
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Responsible community response to criminality must be enhanced, not stifled – Sakeliga

The saving grace during the disastrous looting that has ensued in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng over the last week, has been the measures taken by community members in protecting their businesses and property. Business organisation Sakeliga therefore notes with concern the call by Business Unity South Africa (BUSA) for a 24-hour curfew in affected KwaZulu-Natal and […]
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Businesses and charities invited to join secure convoy from Gauteng to KwaZulu-Natal

Businesses are co-operating to provide secure escort for relief and resupply efforts to distressed areas in KwaZulu-Natal, given delays and uncertainties with the re-opening of the N3.  The convoy is a co-operative effort by business organisations Sakeliga, Saai, and Neasa. Secure escort will be provided by Dyck Advisory Group, including armed personnel and air support. […]
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Centralised risk management is still not the solution

The hallmark of the South African government’s Covid-19 response has been centralisation of risk management. It has favoured one-size-fits-all solutions to the economy, education, religion, medication, vaccinations, to a significant extent protocols at medical facilities, and more.   Tonight’s announcement of adjusted level four lockdown continues down this road, keeping government decision-making at the centre of the pandemic response. Yet, the results of centralised risk management results so far have been dismal.   For many people, level four is not enough, and they will take […]
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Sakeliga appoints Russell Lamberti as chief economist 

Business organisation Sakeliga has appointed Russell Lamberti to the position of chief economist, effective 1 September 2021. Lamberti will be responsible for economic and policy analysis and development at Sakeliga, aimed not only at regulatory reform but also at developing private sector alternatives and solutions. He will provide strategic and managerial input in support of the organisation’s mission […]
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Sakeliga demands government set record straight on Expropriation Bill’s assessment

The business group Sakeliga is calling on the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure to withdraw its purported socio-economic impact assessment (SEIA) on the Expropriation Bill and apologise for its negligent misrepresentation of the perspectives of civil society organisations on the bill.   Sakeliga demands, furthermore, that government take note, in future impact assessments, of […]
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Economic opportunities with calls for vigilance on restrictions – Sakeliga Report

The economy for business in Q2 2021 Businesses should not miss opportunities in the current economic upswing driven by a reprieve from the severe restrictions of 2020 and policies that encourage consumption, but vigilance in monitoring new Covid restrictions must be maintained. These are some of the insights contained in the Sakeliga-ETM report Economic Highlights […]
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Sakeliga exposes government pseudo-“study” used to support deprivation of property rights

The business group Sakeliga has just released a government impact study on the Expropriation Bill obtained through a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) request. It appears that prior to Sakeliga’s PAIA-request, the study has been withheld from public consideration. The document, a socio-economic impact assessment (SEIA) initiated by the Department of Public Works […]
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