This BBC report indicates that according to the World Economic Forum (WEF), South Africa is the 17th most gender equal country in the world. I guess South Africa should be proud of that, that is, until you look at the details.
On a range of 1 (most equal) to 4 (least equal), South Africa scores a 1 overall; a 4 (least equal) for health and survival, a 2 (mostly equal) for education, a 3 (mostly unequal) for economic participation and a 1 (equal) for political empowerment. So let’s not get too proud, we have a long way to go for all categories but for political empowerment, and political empowerment is just not that important if you are going to die young, probably from a combination of poverty and ignorance.
Direct Democracy Forum policies clearly indicate their commitment to gender equality, the best possible education, health care and economic opportunities for all. The DDF are committed to at least a score of 1 on each of those categories.
The buck stops at the ballot box
It seems the ANC government are painting themselves and us into a corner. They are relying on small and medium enterprises to provide 90% of future job growth, yet at the same time their labour polices and regulatory red tape, both of which SMEs regard as being prejudicial at best and outright harmful at worse, are making it difficult for SMEs to provide growth.
The Direct Democracy Forum would seek to support workers in the workplace while at the same time support employers’ needs to trade profitably. These two goals are not mutually exclusive. Indeed they are indivisibly bound together. For employers to view workers as enemies or workers to view employers as enemies is stupid and short-sighted. They are mutually dependent upon one another. They should be supportive of one another so they both benefit.
There are parallels in nature that are worth considering. The parasite / host relationship of many life forms is worthy of note. The parasite that destroys its host is doomed to extinction. The predator that destroys all its prey instead of just that which it needs for survival, will soon go hungry and die. What makes labour and employers think they are immune to these simple truths, that somehow they can rise above nature and act simply out of greed without suffering similar consequences.
Somehow the adversarial stances of both labour and employers needs to be turned around to one of mutual cooperation, respect and benefit.
The DDF will work to enable that change to every one’s benefit, including the benefit of the economy as a whole.
DDF policies are comprehensive and holistic in nature. We understand that treating symptoms of an ailment is not likely to cure the ailment. We will engage in policies which will address the causes of poverty and the high cost of living that makes so many lives in South Africa miserable and unbearable and act as catalysts for social despair and unrest. It is no good dealing with unrest with a firm hand. Rather deal with our failures with a firm hand. When we start getting it right the poverty and unrest will become a thing of the past and we can all get on with our lives.
The buck stops at the ballot box.