I enjoyed Mzukisi Qobo's insightful article on the need to close down Nedlac (Time for undemocratic Nedlac to shut up shop, July 13).

Not only is the National Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac) as undemocratic as he describes, and the "civil society" component as risible as he suggests, but there is another problem with this institution. It is a place where big business and big labour negotiate and the losers are the rest of us. Not least among them is small businesses, who are sacrificed in the form of new regulations that they cannot afford. Nedlac costs us jobs, creativity and economic dynamism. Its demise is long overdue.

Dr Gavin Lewis

DA spokesman on economic development in Gauteng