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CLOSING THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE:
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CLOSING THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE:


20th June 2013, our target date for finding solutions to the 19th June 1913 ACT:

On November the 27th November I have been invited to address the SALTA one-day national conference, “DEEPENING ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION”, so I need to dig into understanding the existing economic divide.

I spend days preparing, trying to fit South Africa into whether we are Capitalists or Socialists, whether Economic Liberalism is the ideological belief that we should follow.

I believe that all these theories and ideologies describe the status of the economy of a country, normally western, where the economy has changed for all people during the 18th century towards what is know known as ‘Capitalist’.

What happened to a country that was colonized and the indigenous people excluded from participating in the main aspects of the economy?

Excluded??

What are the Economic activities??

PRODUCTION; CONSUMPTION; and TRANSFER OF WEALTH;

Within the PRODUCTION activity, Land Ownership is the concept that defines the difference between a socialist and capitalist society.

The colonized indigenous people, where land ownership was excluded, had contribution towards the production activity, but only through participation in providing the cheap labour content.

Through restriction to land ownership, they also, through shear numbers, became the largest portion of consumption.

And as a result, they did not participate in receiving any TRANSFER OF WEALTH.

How do we close the economic divide caused as a result of this restriction??

Land Reform is the one obvious area, however, no re-distribution of land without the understanding and change of attitude, will close the divide developed over the past 100 years, since the introduction of the 1913 native Land Act, (27) on the 19th June 1913.

Every challenge that we address, we need us to give consideration to the concept of the need for TRANSFER OF WEALTH, as part of the process that will close the economic divide.

The ideology of the Economic Freedom Charter is that we wish to close the Economic Divide,

1: through creating an environment where Entrepreneurs can develop through a clause of the 1955 Freedom Charter, The People Shall Share in the Country`s Wealth!, - All people shall have equal rights to trade where they choose, to manufacture and to enter all trades, crafts and professions, this can be achieved through the removal of restrictions that protect the formal trade from perceived ‘unfair competition’.

2: re-visit the concept of minimum wages, if we wish to close the economic divide we need to link the wage to the turnover of the employer. (Concept will be outlined when finalized).

3: developing the existing socialist / co-operative / stokvel structures to be financed and developed to participate in the economy of the country, from Land Ownership, agriculture, production and trading, in order to transfer wealth.

4: through creating an environment where opportunities exist for all those who wish to work, to share in the wealth of the country.

5: through using Government legislation and regulations to protect the informal traders from the threat by any formal operation/principle ideology that may impact on the economic freedom of those who are productive in an economic sector.

We can only transfer wealth through the participation in the PRODUCTION aspect of the economy, and the Economic Freedom Charter invites submissions from those who wish to contribute to the final content of the Charter that will be debated and signed on the 19th June 2013, on the centenary anniversary of the 1913 Land Act.

Please register and submit you vision on what you believe is needed to CLOSE THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE.


Cedric de la Harpe
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The 1955 Freedom Charter clause that defines the wishes of the country.

The People Shall Share in the Country`s Wealth!
The national wealth of our country, the heritage of South Africans, shall be restored to the people;
The mineral wealth beneath the soil, the Banks and monopoly industry shall be transferred to the ownership of the people as a whole;
All other industry and trade shall be controlled to assist the wellbeing of the people;
All people shall have equal rights to trade where they choose, to manufacture and to enter all trades, crafts and professions.





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11-26-2012 07:54 AM
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RE: CLOSING THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE:
Cedric, this is a steep goal to reach...GOOD LUCK!! I totally agree with you - my hope never falters that it can be reached!!! thinking of my own family, they still live in lala land - because my daughter in law has the opinion, that god made black folks to serve whites...aarrgggg....
11-26-2012 02:23 PM
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RE: CLOSING THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE:
I am making good progress, tomorrow I address 150 delegates of the SA Liquor Traders Association, I am talking to taxi ass, and Informal Traders. Friday on SABC I have a radio interview on this topic. I will make progress. Thanks Go well.

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