Show SA is open for business by cutting the red tape

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SA is in desperate need of a model suited to quick innovation, writes Hennie Ferreira

Hennie FerreiraIn his opening address at the second annual SA investment conference in Sandton, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that SA is open for business and he wanted to bring in billions in investment commitments. He called on fellow African leaders to keep the investment momentum rolling during the Africa Investment Forum, which ended on Wednesday.

What strikes me as the most important takeaway after the investment conferences is exactly this: the need to develop partnerships between business, the government and communities. Entrepreneurs are at the coalface of job creation in SA — they can offer valuable advice to the government and they can support and grow the government’s actions in communities.

When things change as fast and fundamentally as they do in the modern business world, entrepreneurs are often left playing catch-up, tied down by red tape and an inflexible regulatory environment. In the drive to promote digital transformation in Africa, our regulatory environment must keep up. Too much regulation and red tape will cause businesses to stagnate, taking economic growth and job creation with it. We are in desperate need of a model suited to quick innovation. While we have come a long way in deregulation, there is still some way to go to remove bureaucratic and administrative hurdles. Flexibility and dynamism are key words in the future of our regulatory framework.


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