KZN govt has 70% nod of approval

2010-02-22 00:00

KWAZULU-NATAL Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize and his provincial government have received the approval of 70% of KZN’s citizens ahead of his state of the province address on Wednesday.

A survey recently conducted by Ipsos Markinor revealed that 70% of the pro­vince believe the provincial government and the premier are performing well.

According to Helen Macdonald, the political analyst with Ipsos Markinor, citizens of KwaZulu-Natal are positive about their provincial government and the premier.

Macdonald said the approval ratings for the premier and the provincial government are positive among ANC and IFP supporters. Approval among Democratic Alliance supporters has increased, particularly since the departure of former premier S’bu Ndebele.

“Traditionally, this province has been highly volatile politically due to fierce competition between the ANC and the IFP. This is no longer the case as multi-partyism seems to have taken root, and co-operation between the ANC and IFP has engendered a new dawn for KwaZulu-Natal politics. Supporters across the political party spectrum seem to be satisfied with the provincial government and the premier, hopefully signalling an era of political stability for the citizens of KwaZulu-Natal,” said Macdonald.

These results were selected from a nationally representative study conducted by Ipsos Markinor in November last year. The sample was done among 3 374 adults of 18years and older, the coverage was national and the margin of error was counted between 0,7 and 1,7%.

Mkhize’s spokesperson Ndabezinhle Sibiya said: “… the la­test report of the survey is just an endorsement … to speed up the provision of public servi­ces to the public.

“When the new administration came to office, the issue of public participation in the affairs of government was prioritised. It is through such an approach that we will have a go­vernment that meets the needs of the community. There is the culture of robust debate in the le­gislature and outside it.”

She said performance ratings for the premier of KwaZulu-Natal have remained high prior to and after the 2009 election.

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