“We want to find ways of making business much easier to create a more conducive environment for people to create and grow businesses,” Clive Manci, President of the South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) told CNBC Africa.
This follows after the World Bank’s Doing Business Report for 2013 showed that South Africa is moving down the rankings in terms of ease of doing business in the country.
Manci stated that the memorandum of understanding signed between SACCI and the Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (CoGTA) earlier this year will be focusing on finding a structured mechanism to tackle legislative bureaucracy such as property taxes and electricity tariffs.
He believes that the legislative frameworks that currently exist are not being exploited effectively to resolve South Africa’s challenges, such as the industrial strike action that took place over the last few months.
“A big problem with industrial action is the violent nature as well as the negative sentiment that comes out, like strikers wanting to shut down the economy. We don’t think that it’s productive or aids the process of finding employer relations that are good for businesses to grow,” said Manci.
For instance, he added, it could have been resolved with leaders sitting around a table and negotiating till solutions were found for issues like the wage disputes instead of resorting to violent strikes.
“Leadership is about us sitting around the table and negotiating [until] we find a solution, that’s what we [SACCI] advocate for,” he added.
The first concern to address, he stated, is to change the negative sentiment surrounding South Africa by getting more involved in resolving issues. This action alone will add to the country’s investment attractiveness significantly.
“We want the message to be business creation equals business growth because that will result in jobs,” he concluded.