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Economic Freedom Charter, Executive Summary;
Note; this is an edited copy of the executive summary under the Invitation section:
Revised date: 16th December 2012:

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:

INTRODUCTION;

As South Africa the ANC elective conference commences in Mangaung, following close on the heels of the strikes and violent protests in the mining industry, we hear calls for increased mechanization in the mining industry, among the calls for nationalizing of the mining industry and as a solution to the need for Economic Freedom.

I personally oppose the increased mechanization in the mining industry, as this solution will create more unemployment, while making it easier for the mining industry to protect their profits. The call for Mine Nationalization I support, however, I warn that this process will only be successful if we are able to adopt a mindset that will remove any restrictions to the Economic Freedom of the people at grass-roots level.

In 1994 our leaders ask the black community to put their fire-arms down, love the white people, and wait for the ANC to stabilize the country and made many promises, education, jobs, houses, services..

As a white, all I can recall, was the call to allow black people into our previously white areas, tolerate them in the schools, restaurants, hospitals, churches, and what we still hear today is, “Forget Apartheid and get on with your lives”.

As we have successfully gone through a peaceful transition into our New Democracy, we have not needed to consider the option of the road less travelled, instead we have allowed our preconceived opinions developed in the Western Colonized mindset to dictate our behaviour.

This submission is aimed at creating a vehicle, that will recruit in excess of one million contributors to participate in the development of an Economic Freedom Charter aimed at opening the doors to a change in political and economic thinking.
The positive voice of this group will assist in changing of perceptions that many of us have about ‘what is right’, and in turn, the fear of anarchy.

AIMS & OBJECTIVES:

This document is the initial draft of the concept that has driven me over the past six months as we have discussed the Economic Freedom of our people. The content of this draft is not based on any scientific research, it is generally based on discussions with other participants, and much of my personal experience as a South African born in 1947.

Our informal sector is restricted for many reasons, mainly to protect the elite existing businesses, or, where the survival of existing businesses are threatened by control and formal structures. These businesses consist of the Informal Traders, the Spaza Shop Owners, the Shebeen Owners, the Taxi Industry, among others.

We will register one million concerned citizens of South Africa who will contribute their personal input and support for the Economic Freedom Charter, by the people, for the people, each linking to a sector of interest, and editing the draft comments as mapped out in this document.

This submission is aimed to giving every South African a glimpse of what I see Economic Freedom should embrace, and it is aimed at encouraging every South African to participate, to debate the aspects, to provide counter proposals, to help us achieve a policy that we can all participate in.

Target date is 19th June 2013 to achieve the one million registered supporters.

You are encouraged to become a group leader, spreading the movement into all areas of the country, in order to qualify as Group Leader status, you should register and add your comment and desire to become a group leader in the section that you are interested in.

INITIAL DISCUSSION AREAS:

1: UBUNTU:

Ubuntu is the buzz word that many of us believe our country is based on, relying on the fact that someday Ubuntu will come to all of us and South Africa will be saved.

What few of us understand, is that Ubuntu is only one corner of the behaviour triangle, discussed in more detail below, and any Ubuntu action, places you in the Ubuntu corner for the brief period during the process of giving a donation or something similar, but, depending on your next comment, your next display of attitude, you could find yourself in the animal corner, unless you are able to achieve the ‘Godliness’ corner.

Another lack of understanding is the introduction process part of African Culture, where strangers introduce their heritage to the other. This is not part of Western Culture and therefore we, in general, fail to introduce ourselves when interacting with the black community.

My black friends will tell me that a white only approaches a black person if they want something from them, even if it is to offer then a job, or giving them as soccer ball.

For this reason I introduce myself to the participants of this Economic Freedom Charter, through the following attachments;

Dear President:
click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=31

My Heritage:
click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=30

2: SUPPLEMENTARY ECONOMY:

South Africa has two very different Economies.
I may describe it as Capitalist, and Socialist, it could be seen as Formal and Informal.
Socialist is not accurate, even our Socialist system has a Capitalist base/desire.
Informal is almost a derogatory term for a trader in South Africa, if you read Informal, you could just as well read black.

Our informal sector is huge, it is important, it can be developed to bring the two economies together.

We have termed this economy the Supplementary economy, and we aim to build not only the existing traders, but the communities as part of this Supplementary economy.

CLOSING THE ECONOMIC DIVIDE:

As a country we need to focus on making space for the SUPPLEMENTARY ECONOMIC group, in order to bring the entire group closer to the elite Capitalist Group.
If we as a country can achieve this concept, we will give the poverty groups access to the economy, initially through the space we give to the supplementary economy, we will provide access to the Capitalist economy.

Instead of youth, discouraged by lack of access to employment, they will find open doors via the Supplementary Economy.

As we progress over the next six months, the potential of this Supplementary Economy, to the extent of adopting it’s own currency, buy from each other, support each other, we will through supplementation, complement the formal capitalist economy as we grow through supplying Africa.
click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=68

3: EDUCATION BUSINESS PLAN:

The 2012 Annual National Assessments give every South African a reason to be concerned, enough to participate in finding a solution: In Grade 6 Mathematics, the average performance is 27% as compared to 30% in 2011. Provincial performance ranges between 21% and 33%. I guess this is also understandable noting that improvements in mathematical skills require the acquisition of conceptual skills first for learners to make the necessary progress. In Grade 9 Mathematics, the average performance is 13%. Provincial performance ranges between 9% and 17%. These results explain to a very large extent why among many other reasons, we have such high failure and dropout rates at Grades 10 and 11.

As we approach the 2012 matric results, we offer an Education Business Plan for consideration:

Our Motivation for preparing this business plan.
click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=75

The Business Plan, HOW DO WE IMPROVE THE EDUCATION LEVELS IN OUT TOWNSHIP AND RURAL AREAS?
click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=76

The Politically Correct norms that impact on our present Education system:
click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=77

4: ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT THROUGH HEALTH SECTOR:

As we give thought and advice to the world on 1st December, International Aids day, let us look at how we economically empower our communities through he health sector??

Where this Economic Freedom Charter is focussed on encouraging changes in the the attitude of the large private sector participants, Health and Education requires political intervention.

click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=72

5: LABOUR LEGISLATION AND MINIMUM WAGES LINKED TO PRODUCTIVITY:

During the past few years we have heard the criticism of the economy not investing profits that they have sitting in the bank in any ‘employment creation’ businesses.

On the occasions that we do discuss this matter, we will always hear the comment that our labour legislation results in the fear to employ any labour.

MINIMUM WAGES:

Following Marikana and the continued wage protests in the Western Cape, we briefly comment on the Minimum Wage issues that exists today, then we will look at how the minimum wage has become the maximum wage in many industries:

Minimum wages used as a political catalyst:
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http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=65


Minimum Wages, comment:
click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=63


Differential Minimum Wage Structure:
Using the Security Industry as an example, we propose the Min wage structure based on the size of the business.

click to see comment, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/fo...php?fid=75


Historical Impact:

We tend to attribute this status to the our 1994 New Democracy, however, if we reflect back on the development during the period 1984 to 1994, we will find the basis for our restrictive labour legislation.

This submission seeks to provide not only an insight into how the situation developed, but we also introduce a look at a thought process on how we can break these restrictions, as it will allow the reader to relate to their personal approach to the industry/sector where they have skills, experience or just the desire to enter:

South Africa Industrial Council restrictive measures:

South Africa’s manufacturing industry has declined in the past twenty years, often attributed to the lack of confidence in the change to our New Democracy.

While preparing for the mapping of our route towards the Economic Freedom Charter, I revisited my period of awareness, only dating back to 1984.

click to see 1985 media comments, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=17

WE IGNORED THESE WARNINGS, AND WHAT ARE THE RESULTS;

As the Chinese products speedily find their home in the South African market, we have a view that the Government and the elite have opened the doors to cheap Chinese goods to help provide for the needs of the poverty sector. I believe that the vacuum created by the Industrial Council’s attitude towards closing all perceived opposition during the late 1980’s has created a vacuum on the shelves that the Chinese have exploited.

Today, there is more and more Chinese involvement, starting to manufacture in South Africa in areas, where they are not necessarily complying with the strict regulations that forces South African SMME’s out of the industry.

Click to attachment to the 1984 to 1986 Industrial impact, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/showthread.php?tid=18

6: FOOD AND WATER SECURITY, rural development/land reform/land redistribution:

With the world economy in decline, in ten years time, the people who have food and water security, will be the wealthy.

Although this focus is on farming development, the Urban Farmer is essential to our future economic stability.

We need to achieve food security, linking the formal existing farmers, directly with the emerging farmers, and in particular, extending this link to the Rural family farming activities where we have 22 million of our people still living.

Let us take action today and prevent the foreign nationals from taking away the future wealth of the world.

click to link to Agricultural transformation, when finished, close link and you will return:
[url]http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/showthread.php?tid=22
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7: Development of Entrepreneurs:

If you are unemployed, or just believe that you are worth more than you are being paid at the moment, you are an Entrepreneur.

Stop waiting for a job, the Government and the Corporate world can't create the jobs they are promising. You become and entrepreneur and soon you will employ others.

Let us just focus on taking the opportunities already in others hands, you do not need to look for new opportunities.

Restrictions and Red Tape make it difficult to get started as an Entrepreneur. The removal of restrictions will contribute towards the development of entrepreneurs.

An obstacle that we are faced with in our country is that historically we are not Entrepreneurs, the restrictive ‘red tape’ part of the reason, but the job reservations system and restrictions on what our black community could do, and where, has contributed to the lack of an entrepreneur tradition.

Our white population was born into a job, if his father was a farmer, he became a farmer, if his father was a lawyer, he became a lawyer, a doctor, a police-man, a fire-man, a train-driver, work was guaranteed.

Employment is only possible through the creation of a life-style that is based on the concept of becoming an entrepreneur.

Even white South Africans, now disadvantaged by Employment Equity, have gradually switched to becoming entrepreneurs.

Let us have a look at how we are going to establish this life-style.

click to link on how to become an entrepreneur, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=27

8: TOURISM INDUSTRY:

As a tour operator I believe the Tourism Industry could lead the transformation and Economic Freedom initiative, mainly through the fact that they are not over regulated, and we would only need to adopt a mindset change as we investigate the NEW SA TOURISM potential.

Click to link to the Tourism Industry transformation suggestions, when finished, close link and you will return:

http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=11

9: SECURITY INDUSTRY:

As we approached the 1994 transition, it became politically incorrect to discuss the impact of the relationship between the Unions and the Employer bodies, as we could no longer comment on minimum wages and relevant demands.

My security sector participation, and in particular the period as a member of the illustrious Security Officers Interim Board, late 1999, early 2000, gives me insight into tremendous increase in both the numbers of private security officers employed, and the profits that are potentially being reaped. The lack of transformation to the grass-roots community is obvious, both through the participation in the industry, and the ability to afford a security service.

The focus of the industry is to get rid of what they would like to refer to as the ‘fly-by-night, the small operator who undercut prices, and allegedly were the cause of all problems in the industry. It is now ten years down the line, the number of guards have increased from 200 000 to 400 000, the cost of security would have increased by sixty percent, the industry is over regulated, and we must ask ourselves whether the level of crime has reduced in the protected suburban areas???

I believe not, so why not give consideration to a new alternative which will reduce the costs, and economically empower the SMME’s.

South Africa, elite and poverty groups, need to create an environment where we can free ourselves from the costs and restrictions resulting from the need for security,

Click to link on Security Industry and how we transform the industry, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh...php?tid=20

10: INFORMAL TRADERS:

This sector is left till one of the last groups, although in the context of economic freedom it is the most important group.

Unfortunately this group is the sector where ‘preconceived opinions’ greatly encourage the discipline meted out by the authorities.

If we can achieve Economic Freedom for these groups, the rest of our problems will be simple.

Through my involvement in the Townships and Rural areas over the past eight years, I have become aware of the of the impact that the restrictive regulations are having on the Informal Sector, and believe that the process of removing restrictions imposed by the elite to protect their profits from the perceived ‘unfair competition’ SMME’s should be extended to all the informal sectors,

6.1: Informal Traders & Spaza Shop owners:
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http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/fo....php?fid=7

6.2: Shebeen Owners,
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http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/fo....php?fid=9

6.3: Taxi Industry.
click to see link, when finished, close link and you will return:
[url]http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/forumdisplay.php?fid=10
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Let us look at each sector and analyze their problem areas. All business principles consider the LOCATION of your ‘Market’ as prime consideration to where you establish, factors of the cost of transport of Raw Materials, features second to the Market, and thereafter we assess other relevant aspects.

Our Informal Traders could be distributing 20% to 30% of our food, fruit and vegetables nationally. Our shebeen industry is probably distributing 70% of the liquor nationally. This is the market under greatest threat from elite business community.

Historically they established their businesses around the transport hubs, and during the past ten years these hubs have been moved for various reasons;-

Establishment of Museums, Shopping Malls, Reya Veya, Gautrain, often just because the Informal Traders occupied vacant ground that was ideal for the development, but also for reasons where the market for the Shopping Mall, Reya Veya, or Gautrain was located.

The restrictions that are being imposed on our local Informal Traders is opening the doors for the foreign nationals to take over the SMME’s in the black suburban areas, Township and Rural areas. This transfer of ownership into the foreign national community has had the impact of diverting the money that the migrant employees traditionally send back home out of their community.

The impact of these developments in the space of the Informal traders has had a tremendous negative impact on the Economic Freedom of businesses who, over a period of seventy years, operated successfully in the interest of the formal sector who did not operate in these areas.

This movement can only succeed through the social cohesion that requires sacrifices from all parties involved, such sacrifices will investigate options to remove the corruption opportunities, give considerations as to proposals as to how we accommodate BEE and Employment Equity, and skills development.

Social Cohesion will allow the process of UBUNTU to dictate our route forward, sharing, sharing, sharing. Through giving access to Economic Freedom and the ownership that will accompany this freedom, we envisage that the social cohesion resulting from this process will directly contribute towards the reduction of crime.

11: R.D.P HOUSING PROPOSAL:

As a society we have become trapped in a RDP housing system that is nothing but a basis for tender corruption, and, theft through the poor quality of workmanship and materials.

If I was registered and qualified for a RDP house, I would believe that the money allocated was mine to use as and when I wished.

Since I first started the proposal that we should provide serviced sites, and allow the recipients to build their own houses, to the level that they wish, I have often been criticized.

The normal comment is, “You are crazy, you do that and they will drink all the money and piss it out against the wall.”
My response to this is, “If I was black I would be most offended, you must see what the black people achieved in the Townships and Rural areas, with limited funds, and no financial institution support.”

Yes, I acknowledge that a small percentage will waste the money, but that same small percentage is wasting their RDP house allocated.

We will give Economic Freedom to entire housing communities when we let the build their homes.

click to see Housing proposal, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/fo...php?fid=24

12: SPORTS TRANSFORMATION:

Our country celebrates all sports achievements, the excellent, the good, and the mediocre. We continually make statements that sport is uniting the country. Yes, I am a road runner, and probably the one sport that is really integrated on the road, but look at the mode of transport to and from the race. Not just how smart the vehicles are, but how many have one or two occupants, and how many of these empty cars drive past runners who have already covered ten kilometers towards the race venue.

The lack of sports transformation, particularly what could have been achieved in this country, is an indictment on the Economic Freedom of our poverty groups.

click on 2007 extract, already circulated to Ministers, Sports Officials and Media, many times, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/fo...php?fid=26

13: TRADITIONAL AUTHORITY & TRADITIONAL LEADERS:

My experience in our rural village is impacted on the almost conflict of interest, political vs traditional, that seems to cause rural development to stagnate, no rather deteriorate. Service delivery is poor, most villagers have little access to water, electricity in some areas difficult to get.

I do not wish to provide my input for what I believe should happen in this area, however, all residents, 22 million of you, are encouraged to give us input into how we take economic freedom into our rural community.

All the aspects that I discuss above, from security to agriculture and land reform, development of entrepreneurs, tourism, they all require the community, through their own Traditional Leaders, to be involved. We can no longer wait for politicians to perform is areas that they appear to have little understanding.

I have great respect for the Traditional Leader, and when I am in communities where the community has great respect, I am in a different world.

The Economic Freedom Charter will encourage proposals and debate on how we take economic freedom into the Rural / Traditional Leader areas.
This is the key to our success:

click to comment on Traditional Leadership, when finished, close link and you will return:

[url]http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/forumdisplay.php?fid=28
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WHAT EXECUTIVE/ORGANIZATION STRUCTURE IS IN PLACE?

The Economic Freedom Charter is a movement, aimed at getting the interaction around this topic moving throughout the country:

On this web blog and we have access for you to register as a contributor and submit your comments:
In order for this movement to succeed, we need to use all our links to establish groups throughout the country. The group leaders will be responsible to registering as a group leader and in turn registering those participants in their group. As a group they will debate the areas of concern to them, and provide the Economic Freedom Charter with their group proposals.

The structure will only be finalized when we have recruited a minimum of 100 000 participants, and the group leaders who are the top 20 achievers at this stage will become a member of the executive committee.

Presently the three Executive Members, my wife Nettie de la Harpe, (my greatest supporter and for allowing me to invest our assets in this initiative over the past eight years), Vincent Maganye, and myself.

Provision has been made for four, (possibly more) invited members to join on the executive. These invited members will firstly be invited to contribute towards getting the movement active, and if they contribute, the invitation to the executive will be automatic.

Our thoughts are that we will be inviting leaders out of the Informal sector, Shebeen owners and taxi Associations. These links are critical to touching every corner of this country.

click to see draft structure, when finished, close link and you will return:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/sh....php?tid=3

WHO IS INVITED TO PARTICIPATE??

If you are a South African citizen, if you are frustrated by the level of corruption, if you are concerned about the lack of service delivery, if you are concerned by the spiraling costs, if you are concerned by the education problems, if you are concerned by the every rising gap between the wealthy and the poverty sector, you are invited to register.

If you are Un-employed; Youth; Students;
If you are Informal Traders;
If you are a Shebeen Operator;
If you are in the Taxi Industry;
If you are a Spaza Shop owner;
If you are in the Tourism Industry;
If you are in the Security and Cleaning sector;
If you are in the garden services and domestic sector;
If you are on a ‘housing list’
If you are a member of the Rural Community, if you have an interest is farming, if you are focussed on land redistribution.
If you are an urban resident and wish to achieve 'food security'.
If you are employed and believe that you could achieve economic freedom by moving into competition, using your individuals skills, but are trapped by ‘restrictive trade conditions’,

you are invited to register.

THE GOAL:

The Economic Freedom Charter movement, in preparation for the signing of the Charter, will compile proposals for each sector, including a ‘memorandum of understanding’ reflecting the contribution of the participant SMME’s, in order to ensure the successful transition.

‘Papers’ is a Western culture, designed and introduced to protect the assets and wealth of those who have the financial ability to own. Where, this ‘paper’ is used to protect a personal asset, legally or culturally, owned by an individual or a group of individuals, this paper, I believe, is an acceptable form of ownership identity in the concept of ‘paper’, the type of paper that is in general an acceptable requirement.

Where the ‘papers‘ is intended to restrict access to your freedom to trade, to produce, or to manufacture, then we need to remove any aspect that protects the formal sector, whether it is deemed to be related to ‘unfair competition’, or the level of standards that the formal sector have introduced, purportedly to ensure that we provide the buyer with the best product or service that is available.

If we wish to achieve economic freedom, it is essential that we not only remove all restrictions to where and how we can trade, what the quality is, and at what price we sell. I as a buyer wish to buy where and what I want to buy, as this will result in relative value for money.

Our success will give this movement the power to direct political policy, whether inside existing political groups or in the establishment of a new grass-roots movement.
The ownership of space to work for our own economic freedom, will remove the space for corruption to survive, and will allow us to find space for all groups in the economy.

The ownership of space is also required through a change in mind-set, a mind-set that gives ownership of space.

Note: This is the forum and the opportunity for all who may have a vested interest to protect from what some have defined as anarchy. Just like in the establishment of the Freedom Charter in 1955, the voice representing minority rights protection was heard. All input will we given due consideration before finalization of the Economic Freedom Charter.

You are encouraged to register on this blog and provide us with your valued input.

Cedric de la Harpe.

Note:
A glimpse at six years of development, for those who wish to look in my driving motivation:
http://economic-freedom-charter.co.za/forumdisplay.php?fid=39


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