Premier wants fewer provinces

2010-12-02 13:23

Free State Premier Ace Magashule today called for fewer provinces and the closure of the municipal demarcation board.

“My view is, you can’t do away with provinces, if you want to do something, you may want to reduce the number of provinces,” he told an ANC provincial and local government summit.

Magashule said it was time to stop talking and start acting to deal with the causes behind inefficient municipalities, whose problems he partly blamed on the demarcation board.

He accused the board of re-creating apartheid, by defining municipalities across racial lines.

The municipal demarcation board is an independent authority tasked with determining municipal boundaries.

“We need to do away with this demarcation board, it cannot behave like government. Give us another board, I don’t understand it,” said Magashule.

He said many small towns were struggling financially and their situations were not going to improve any time soon if they were not incorporated into bigger municipalities.

“Those towns, even during apartheid, were doing far better than those municipalities today.”

Magashule called on the national ANC to take charge of local government.

“We need a national voice to represent provinces. I’m just pleading... if national can actually really play its role and deal with issues of skills development [and] support.

“We have been talking forever. I don’t know why we are in Parliament or legislatures,” he said, to loud applause.

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