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Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel looks on, as Minister of Small Business Development, Ms Lindiwe Zulu, meets the ILO DG, Mr Guy Ryder at the Consultative Conference on the draft Green Paper on the Social Economy.


Economic Development Minister, Ebrahim Patel has called on key stakeholders and partners to continue to make inputs into the draft Green Paper on the Social Economy.He was speaking at the Consultative Conference on the draft Green Paper, which was held at the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) offices in Sandton.The Economic Development Department is currently working with various partners, principally the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Government of Flanders based on a Memorandum of Understanding, as well as the IDC, and various government departments, on developing a Social Economy White Paper.


Minister Patel explained at the conference, that the approach with this policy is to afford key partners, such as social activists and organisations, entrepreneurs and trade unions among others, the first opportunity to make inputs into the draft policy, before it goes to Cabinet.He added: “We need you to help us to rip the draft Green Paper apart and then to put it back together again. It is bare bones, it needs a lot of fleshing out, you must muscle-it up with a stronger conceptual framework, on what value the social economy adds and how we can build economies and societies”


Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, who was also present at the conference; said the development of the Social Economy policy is critical and will go a long way in helping to structure the economy of South Africa in its wholeness.Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Madala Masuku, told delegates, that the consultation process as a whole, would assist government to understand how the sector can be supported. “The Social Economy sector is known to be robust, involved and dynamic and its growth needs to be encouraged, as it will be a key driver to overall economic growth,” he said.


Please note: Those with interest in the policy still have an opportunity to make inputs into the draft policy available on the link below. Written inputs can be forwarded to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Draft Green Social Economy.pdf