‘Graft retards industry growth’

Department of Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies. Picture Credit: Gallo Images

Trade and Industry Minister Dr Rob Davies says a determined crackdown on corruption is critical if the government is to achieve its objectives set out in its industrial policies.

Davies made the comments during a business breakfast dialogue on the rural and township industrial economy his department hosted in partnership with the department of economic development and tourism of the eThekwini metro and the Ithala Development Finance Corporation.

“If we have corruption in the awarding of government money to support the programmes, it means somebody who is getting it is not supposed to get it and means the programme itself is weakened,” Davies said.

He said over the years, they had come across a number of tenders that did not support locally produced products but supported imports.

He said tenders of this nature were some of the things that undermined the country’s industrial policy capabilities, as they weaken the policy tool of localisation.

“It is important that we don’t allow corruption to take place. A capable state means we want officials who know and implement the policies for the good of the country,” he said.

-Thelma Ngoma