Premier vows to revive Free State economy

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Free State premier, Mxolisi Dukwana. Photo used for illustration purposes only. PHOTO: Nigel Sibanda/The Citizen

The Free State Premier Mxolisi Dukwana has vowed to shock the world by awakening the economy of a sleeping giant in South Africa.

He said this during the official launch of the smelter investment project worth R300 million in Thaba Nchu on Friday (21/7).

Dukwana pledged to revive the economy of the province, saying it will make a major contribution to the development and growth of the country’s economy in a big way. The provincial government will work tirelessly to ensure the province’s economy reaches its full potential, while government will support investors.

He meanwhile called on business owners and investors to treat workers with respect and slammed the exploitation of workers. “Exploiting workers that have become the soul of the business you run, does not help you. You must stop using people to pursue money and profit.

“As the government of the Free State, we will give you all the support. However, it would help if you did everything to take care of the people. To all others who are here as business people and leaders, our people are not toys, they might be hungry, they might be poor but they are humans. Treat them as human beings.”

OFM News previously reported the smelter plant project in Thaba Nchu had created 150 job opportunities. Dukwana predicted 5 000 more people would be employed as the company expands.

OFM News/ Kekeletso Mosebetsi