Chabane calls for Nedlac review

Chabane called on Nedlac leaders to make a bigger impact on the socio-economic situation in SA.

Minister in The Presidency, Collins Chabane addresses youth during the  National Youth Day Commemoration held at Madadeni,Newcastle In Kwazulu Natal.16/06/2013. Picture: GCIS

JOHANNESBURG - Minister in the Presidency Collins Chabane says it's time for the social partners in the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), to rethink the institution's mandate.

Chabane addressed the Nedlac summit in Johannesburg yesterday and called on its leaders to make a bigger impact on the socio-economic situation in South Africa.

Chabane says Nedlac must refocus and help reduce poverty and unemployment.

Chabane said when Nedlac was established in 1995, the challenges facing South Africa's economy were very different.

"Some argue that Nedlac in this 20th century construct attempt to deal with 21st century issues."

Chabane said requests for a review of Nedlac's mandate are well placed.

"There is probably justification for revisiting the mandate and areas of focus.

"The sell-by date of institutions is not written anywhere, but when more people start experiencing diminishing returns it is time to review."

A full report on what transpired at the summit, as well as decisions taken is expected soon.