Top premier

2009-04-16 00:00

An Ipsos Markinor Poll has rated KwaZulu-Natal’s premier, S’bu Ndebele, as the country’s top premier in respect of his performance. This is a fine tribute as he prepares to step down after five years as the province’s political leader.

Whatever weaknesses he may have had, such as a proneness to take public criticism too personally, he has been energetic and innovative in the leadership roles he has been given, first as MEC for Transport where he brought road safety measures firmly on to the agenda, and then as premier where, for example, he has done a great deal to integrate an appreciation of Zulu culture and history into the province’s understanding of itself.

It seems clear that Ndebele’s most able lieutenant, Minister of Finance Zweli Mkhize, will succeed him if the African National Congress wins a provincial majority. If that is to happen, the affairs of this province will remain in highly capable and reliable hands.

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