The article titled ‘SA’s resource-intensive economic trajectory unsustainable’ (see page 14) is much more important than many would care to know, in particular [in view of] the National Planning Commission warning that “the costs of such a transition would not fall evenly and export sectors could suffer”. ‘Suffer’ is an understatement – it should be more like “have disastrous consequences for South Africa”.
I think the time has come for us to face the facts: South Africa cannot afford to put any of its existing competitive industries at risk – in fact, it must promote more. Only when we are actually producing the right quality and type of skills, can we start the transaction.
Our competitors, including China and India, are taking capacity from us as we speak.
Energy Intensive Users Group of South Africa