Govt must use Nedlac effectively - Motlanthe

The deputy president said government needs to take advantage of organisations like Nedlac.

South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe. Picture: Taurai Maduna/Eyewitness News.

JOHANNESBURG - Government needs to take advantage of the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) to formulate economic policies, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said on Friday.

He delivered his keynote address at the opening of the 17th Nedlac annual summit in Boksburg on Gauteng's East Rand.

The gathering will focus on fighting poverty, unemployment and inequality, amid a global economic crisis.

Motlanthe said he was "cautiously optimistic" about South Africa's economic growth.

The deputy president also touched on what he called the "horrors of Marikana", referring to the August 16 shooting that killed 34 striking workers at the North West mine.

He said government needs to take advantage of organisations like Nedlac, which use their own community constituencies to determine the interests of the impoverished.

Motlanthe called on the council to improve its policies so it could become a more effective tool for government.

He said the National Development Plan should help combat unemployment and poverty in coming years, and that several of the economic plans were already in place.