Date: Mon, 6 Sep 1999 23:14:12 -0500 (CDT)
From: "Lucien van der Walt" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Organization: University of the Witwatersrand
Subject: (en) SA Communist Party decides on private sector role
A - I N F O S N E W S S E R V I C E
SACP decides on private sector role
By Primarashni Pillay and Reneé Grawitzky, Business Day
6 September 1999
THE SA Communist Party (SACP) resolved at the weekend to consider the
use of private-public partnerships to speed up the delivery of
services at local government level.
However, the party warned that this should not been seen as an
endorsement of private capital as the system most suited to meeting
the needs of the people.
The resolution was taken at the party's three-day strategy conference
in Johannesburg, which ended yesterday.
The conference was attended by Deputy President Jacob Zuma,
representatives of the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the African
National Congress and civic organisations.
The party said local government was an important site for economic and
social development which should be one of its strong focus points.
SACP general secretary Blade Nzimande said the party must seek to
influence partnerships between government and the private sector.
"We want to ensure that in the development path we choose we do
not end up strengthening monopoly capital," Nzimande said.
He said the party would campaign for job creation.
On Friday, Nzimande spoke about a range of issues, including the
current public service wage dispute and the state of the tripartite
He said it was not always possible or desirable to keep particular
debates within the alliance and that some questions required public
debate at times. These included debate on the public service wage
dispute and the search for the correct macroeconomic policy for SA.
Referring to East Timor, which last week voted for independence from
Indonesia and subsequent violence there, Nzimande said the SACP
supported rebel leader Xanana Gusmao's call for a United Nations
peacekeeping force for the island.