The importance of having a loud, forceful and effective business voice cannot be overstated. Whether it is on issues like the rolling electricity back-outs which are hitting South Africa, the planned Carbon Tax, barmy booze legislation, or persistent concerns about crime, there is a lot that government needs to fix.
So it is a bit strange that the most important business grouping – the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) – has been without a full-time CEO since the departure of Neren Rau at the beginning of the year. His colleague Peggy Drodskie has done a fine job at filling in as acting CEO. But for SACCI’s voice to be forceful, it needs to have a full-time leader. So we welcome the news that a new CEO has been appointed.
We did try to attend the announcement, but left early in irritation at the boring old chap who was oblivious to the fact that he is the only one on the planet who enjoys the sound of his own voice, and droned on, and on, and on, and on……. Our premature departure meant we missed a presentation by our Nedbank Economist chum Dennis Dykes, which is a shame.
However, we are grateful to our journo chum Angelo Coppola (@angelo2711), who tweeted the news that Alan Mukoki is the new SACCI CEO. He has some experience, having run the Land Bank, but a background in the public sector may not be the best qualification to lobby on behalf of the private sector. We know his predecessor Neren Rau came from the Treasury, but this was probably more a disadvantage than an asset in his dealings with government. However, hopefully the new black SACCI boss will be able to perform well.
Certainly, there are signs that government is not getting the message from business – on issues like liquor laws, visitors’ visas, and a host of other issues.
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