Govt too suspicious of private sector, says economist

Magang signs the book to those who bought copies.Pic:Kagiso Onkatswitse
Magang signs the book to those who bought copies.Pic:Kagiso Onkatswitse

The government does not support, understand nor trust the private sector, economist Keith Jefferis has said. Jefferis was speaking at former minister David Magang’s book launch.

The book, Delusions of Grandeur (second edition) was launched in Phakalane on Wednesday night.

 “There are many aspects of the business climate that could be improved, often at little cost by simple regulatory reform. But after lots of interaction with different government bodies, I have concluded that government doesn’t understand and trust the private sector. As a result it wishes to keep a tight grip on what companies do,” he said.

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