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"Local is lekker", say SA businesses

The Black Business Council wants government to stop awarding job contracts to international companies.

The Big Three: ANC leaders (from right to left) Treasurer Matthews Phosa, President Jacob Zuma and Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Eyewitness News
President Jacob Zuma,BBC,Black Business Council,Sandile Zungu
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JOHANNESBURG - The Black Business Council (BBC) on Monday said it wanted government to stop awarding job contracts to international companies.

The council met with ruling ANC party in Sandton to discuss ways of transforming the country's economy ahead of the party’s national policy conference at the end of June.

A member of the council, Sandile Zungu, said it was unfortunate government still believed international companies can do a better job than locals.

“As black organisations, we think its high time that that model changes. Local is lekker. Local sometimes is better.”

He added that government should be bold enough to involve local players in business. 

President Jacob Zuma this weekend said South Africa was heading for a second major transition.

He said the first was to rid the country of apartheid laws and the second will tackle high unemployment rates and poverty.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)

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