JOHANNESBURG - Agricultural union TLU SA applauded President Cyril Ramaphosa’s call late on Thursday for South Africans to buy local products, saying it could not have come at a better time.
In his state of the nation address in parliament, Ramaphosa urged all South Africans to "deliberately and consistently" buy locally-made goods and drive up demand in the economy, noting that the suit and tie he was wearing were domestic products.
In reaction, TLU SA president Louis Meintjes said South African agricultural products in particular should be supported and consumers should avoid what he called dumped items from other countries.
"If we buy South African agricultural products, it would automatically enhance job creation while giving commercial farmers a chance at survival despite dire climatological challenges they face,” he said.
But the union said Ramaphosa was not realistic in his vision of two million job new opportunities for young people over the next decade.