People Shouldn’t be Hired Just Because They Know So-and-So – Ramaphosa

Written by on 25 March, 2021

By: Lindelani Mbatha

President Cyril Ramaphosa says government is working hard to bring in more qualified people into the system.

Ramaphosa has been virtually addressing a Master Class on the Entrepreneurial State and Mission Economy.

The event has been taking place under the theme, The Entrepreneurial State and Mission Economy, Lessons and Opportunities for South Africa.

He says many countries faced with similar plight often resorted to “outside help” in the form of consultants.

“That happens to be the problem here as well and we’ve seen how outsourcing has also weakened our state and how those entities we tended to outsource to were themselves captured and deeply involved in the challenges that we had to face of corruption,” says Ramaphosa.

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Ramaphosa adds that corruption has destroyed the state’s ability to get things done.

South Africa is ranked 44th in the Transparency International’s 2020 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI), which ranks 180 countries and territories by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, according to experts and business people.

“We lost purpose, it got diluted. We are addressing it because we’ve become acutely aware of it and (this session) helps us better understand what has happened to us and how we navigate through,” explains Ramaphosa.

He further says the country has to redesign policy in order to approach what government does in a different way.


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