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OPEN LETTER TO MEMBERS OF PARLIAMENT AND OTHER INFLUENTIAL PERSONS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Date Released: Fri, 11 December 2015 15:52 +0200

Dear Honourable Members, Ladies, Gentlemen


It is possible for South Africa to exhibit sustainable high economic growth. This
opportunity has been sorely neglected for decades (under the Nationalist and ANC
governments), and unemployment, everyone’s central concern, remains one of the
highest in the world.


This letter is an appeal (1) for careful consideration of the reasons for this state of
affairs, and (2) for you to use your influence to bring about urgent corrective action.
There are many examples of countries which have turned a desperate situation into a
success story within 20 years: Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore, etc.
There is no famine of advice on how to turn the South African economic story into a
good one, and they are ad idem on the only solution (not the path to it): High and
sustainable economic growth. Many of you will know the reasons for the absence of
the solution, but perhaps not within the context of the many sources / drivers of
economic growth. The document which follows this letter presents (1) a synopsis of
the sources of economic growth, (2) comments on the South African situation within
this context, and (3) inferred recommendations.


South Africa hosts a highly frustrated population, made up of people that are ready to
work their fingers to the bone to transform South Africa into a winning nation. All that
is required is political will, and time. It is our responsibility to influence the former, which
will lessen the latter.


Yours faithfully


AP Faure

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