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Border-kei Chamber of Business says rallies planned for East London and Queenstown on Friday

Apr 6, 2017
Border-kei Chamber of Business says rallies planned for East London and Queenstown on Friday

The Border-Kei Chamber of Business on Thursday said non-affiliated, non-political rallies or marches have been organised for Friday 7 April in East London and Queenstown. The Chamber added its voice to those criticising President Jacob Zuma over his recent controversial Cabinet Reshuffle that has plunged the country into political drama.

Last week, President Zuma fired Gordhan and his Deputy, former Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Mcebisi Jonas, as well as Tourism Minister, Derek Hanekom, Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, and Public Service and Administration Minister, Ngoako Ramatlhodi, as he made changes to the National Executive "in order to improve efficiency and effectiveness".

The Chamber said that it does not support the recent decision to dismiss Minister Gordhan and Deputy Minister Jonas.

“We are extremely concerned over the impact of the Cabinet reshuffle, which is justified with the almost immediate down-grading of our credit rating,” said Les Holbrook, Executive Director of the Border-Kei Chamber of Business.

“Without swift reaction there is likely to be further agency downgrading.”

Holbrook said that on Wednesday, he joined a discussion organised by the Save South Africa movement “to hear of the groundswell of citizens on this matter”.

“The discussion however was an early beginning and did not touch on any action or response by concerned citizens and Civil Society,” he said.

The Chamber therefore wish to state the following:

  1. An organised, non-affiliated, non-political rally / march has been scheduled for Friday the 7th at 12h30 to, which all of society is invited.
  2. The Rally / March has permission and will be protected
  3. The Rally / March will start at the Absa/Jan Smuts stadium at 12h30. There will be parking on the B field (entrance between Jumbo and the stadium).  The route for this march is from Jan Smuts stadium down Lambert Road to Oxford Street. From there it will go to City Hall. At the City Hall there will be four 5 minute addresses - one by a minister; one by a business representative and one each by the two main opposition parties in council.
  4. Furthermore, a rally is also to be held in Komani (Queenstown) and the same advisory applies to our members there. The rally is commencing at 12h00 at the Truck Stop and will finish at the Hexagon
  5. A separate advisory to employers is attached for those that wish to attend the rally - click here.
  6. The event is a civic march and is totally a-political. All the social media advertising is asking people to wear South African clothes (as opposed to political T.shirts). Organisers say they see the event as an amazing opportunity to unite people across all races, creeds and affiliations.
  7. Chamber believe this is an effective opportunity to voice your concerns.
  8. Ultimately the decision rests with each member and they make that decision without our direct influence.