President Cyril Ramaphosa says the Jewish community is ideally placed to contribute to the creation of a new generation of entrepreneurs who can create jobs.
The President said this when he delivered the Rosh Hashanah address at the Gardens Shul in Cape Town, on Wednesday evening.
As the country’s growth took a knock recently, with Statistics South Africa announcing that the economy had slipped into a technical recession, the President said government’s main priority is creating jobs.
He said government is hard at work to create an environment in which enterprise can thrive and provide opportunities to the millions of South Africans who are daily confronted by the indignity and hardship of unemployment and poverty.
“Part of this journey is the cultivation of a new generation of entrepreneurial South Africans, who are able to establish businesses for themselves and employment for others.
“The Jewish community is ideally placed to contribute to this effort because many high standing entrepreneurs in our country who are Jewish have contributed immensely to the creation of great companies in our country.
“Our government is prepared to continue working with the business sector and also with Jewish business leaders in all ways,” he said.
The President’s Rosh Hashanah address took place at the the invitation of Chief Rabbi, Dr Warren Goldstein.
Rosh Hashanah, the festival commemorating the Jewish New Year, symbolises renewal, new beginnings, examining one’s life, mapping out plans for a better future, re-orienting oneself for personal growth and development. It’s an opportunity to start afresh. For Jews, the New Year is a time to pause and reflect and take stock.
President Ramaphosa’s address took place on the fourth day of the Jewish New Year (5779).
He said partnerships between government, business, labour and communities were essential in recent successes that have been achieved in stimulating economic activity.
The President welcomed a recent offer by Jewish businessmen to put forward proposals to contribute to job creation.