There is potential here, despite state’s failings

2014-05-06 00:00

KEVIN Harvey’s chief election issue reflects the worry of residents throughout his suburb — the stubborn persistence of crime.

Westville’s homes are surrounded by high walls, gates and 24-hour security patrols. However, with its quiet, leafy roads, it is seen as a great place to live and raise families for middle-class South Africans.

Harvey grew up in Westville and has lived in Durban since 1963.

And while he sees great promise for the country, he believes fundamental — not revolutionary — changes must take place in order to take the country forward.

“In 1994 I was an undecided voter, but people who voted ANC in the last election are disappointed. I know who I am voting for come election day,” said Harvey.

A land surveyor, Harvey believes the state should spend less on itself and more on education and services: “In the last 10 years there have been significant failures by this government. I do not believe they have a good story to tell,” he said.

“I would not want to see the government as the biggest employer but rather creating the environment for business and private investment to create jobs.”

He said the state needed to spend more on education and attract the best to the teaching profession and emergency services.

He said a lack of planning, training and openness by all spheres of government had put South Africa, KZN and Durban in a precarious position.

“Our rates go up annually by at least seven percent just to finance the salary increases of state workers yet we borrow more capital to roll out projects and infrastructure. Government must stop spending money on themselves.

“The Nkandla saga is a perfect example of this.”

But he said he remained a loyal South African who urged the youth to make their mark.

“If the youth fail to vote and then in 10 years become unhappy with the state of the country they only have themselves to blame,” he said.

“There is so much potential here and I believe we will have a bright future. South Africans always make a plan,” he said.

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