"We, the people of South Africa, Recognise the injustices of our past; Honour those who suffered for justice and freedom in our land; Respect those who have worked to build and develop our country; and Believe that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, united in our diversity.” Preamble to the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa.
Monday, 27 February 2012
In the face of crumbling infrastructure, they have decreased the capital project budget by 11,5% in order to save face at the end of the financial year. You will remember how BCM was criticized for only spending half of its capital budget last year.
Hundreds of millions of rands in housing grants are being returned to the Treasury as BCM is unable to spend them. I wonder how indigent voters would feel if they knew their government had the opportunity to build them homes but due to incompetence they are still living in shacks?
What will happen to the officials that failed to do their jobs? Likely nothing, as performance management is a swear word at BCM.
The Mid-Year Budget Adjustment is nothing more than a farce used to hide the ANC governments inability to govern.
Monday, 20 February 2012
Saturday, 18 February 2012
Last week we had Zuma’s State of the Nation Address. This week we heard Helen Zille on the State of the Western Province. Both cited poverty as a key cause for concern.
Their approach to this issue is where the debate begins and ends.
Zuma began at the top, with promises worth billions of rand to improve production, transport, housing and such-like. As promises, they far exceeded his usual bland utterances to ‘do something’ and many people praised him for finding the courage to break from this tired pattern at last.
Zille, on the other hand, started as always at grass-roots – where poverty roosts. Her plan for the Western Cape shows an in-depth understanding of the plight endured by those living on the bread-line and she placed her goals within their reach.
Both Zuma and Zille embraced an eventual ideal that rests in the heart of South Africa’s grief and needs desperately to be realised. The difference is that Zille’s plans are practicable and Zuma’s are not. The Western Cape has dragged itself from ANC mismanagement to becoming the best-run province in the country through dogged service delivery – which the successful DA is first to admit is still far from perfect.
Yet the Western Cape has made small inroads that amount to giant steps. Despite an influx from other provinces by those rightfully seeking a better life, unemployment figures continue to fall. Imagine how much greater this drop might be, if the Western Cape did not have to bear the burden of her less fortunate neighbours?
Spurred by ANC agitators, these infiltrators complain that they do not get what they demand from the DA – despite promises honoured and better service delivery than they would enjoy anywhere else in the country.
Other provinces have succumbed, not only to lack of service delivery, but to corruption on a scale that has left Limpopo and the Free State (as well as aspects of Gauteng and the Eastern Cape) subject to supervision by National Government.
The billions of rand required to implement Jacob Zuma’s plans from the top down are already missing, if not misappropriated or squandered – to the point of having to borrow money from abroad. How on earth does he propose to fund his grandiose ideas?
Thursday, 16 February 2012
South Africans got a speech designed to put a positive gloss on government performance and appease the governing party’s alliance partners ahead of the Mangaung elective conference in December. As a result, the President appeared out of touch with reality.
DA MP Manny De Freitas said that the President appears to be oblivious to the ineffeciency and corruption that appears to be prevalent within the Home Affairs department.
“The President needed to set out a bold vision for South Africa with an honest assessment of the state of our nation,” Instead he used the opportunity to engage in a Public Relations exercise designed to keep his alliance partners on his side ahead of Mangaung.