STATEMENT ISSUED BY CEDRIC FROLICK, MP
UDM SPOKESPERSON FOR PUBLIC ENTERPRISES
DP's reported statements regarding expected job losses at Spoornet, raises
Reportedly the DP is more concerned about the attractiveness of a state utility
to private investors than the fate of thousands of workers. The DP spokesperson
belatedly adds that Government should "reduce Spoornet's workforce in an
The UDM fully supports the principle of a free market economy but, like
democracies all over the developed and developing world have realised, this must
include the vital element of social responsibility. No party, claiming to serve
democratic interests, worth its salt can advocate the indiscriminate
"reduction" of workforces for the sole sake of profit.
Job creation is the single most important challenge facing South Africa, our
success in all other fields depend on this. The DP, like any other party in
South Africa, would be the first to acknowledge this, especially once election
campaigning is in full swing.
The UDM is fully committed to the goal of job creation, to such an extent that
all our policies are geared towards this goal. We acknowledge that Government
and Big Business cannot supply the bulk of employment, and that Enterprise
Development is the key to real and sustainable job creation. Government does
however have a social responsibility to workers at parastatals, which is why the
UDM has questioned the small amount set aside for retraining as well as the
apparent lack of a restructuring strategy.
The DP's statements hark back to the sort of rampant immoral profit-inspired
capitalism of a century ago, when a small elite exploited the majority in the
name of profit.
Cedric Frolick, MP
UDM Spokesperson for Public Enterprises
31 May 2000