10 points that are up for discussion at the ANC's NGC

2015-10-04 17:00

1. Fixing ailing state-owned enterprises (SOEs) 

SOEs need urgent attention. These include the role of boards and how they are expected to carry out their fiduciary duties. The party wants ‘clear roles and responsibilities for boards and executives’, as well as the appointment of competent people. 

2. Tackling increasing ‘judicial resolution’ on political matters 

The ANC is worried about the tendency of the leaders of various sectors of society to approach courts for matters that can be managed through other channels. 

The party says even ‘constitutionally valid administrative actions by the executive were being challenged’. It views the trend as part of the attempts to undermine its popular electoral mandate. 

3. Losing support in the metros 

Metros need ‘special attention’, says the ANC. 

The party says voting trends in the metros require the ANC to review its strategies and launch a programme dedicated to reversing the current trend. 

4. Reconnecting with communities 

The ANC says ‘there is a need to improve the quality of engagement between government and citizens’. It says it is ‘not sufficient to increase service delivery if this is not done in consultation and through engagement with local constituents’. 

5. Spatial planning and implementation 

Government’s spatial plans across municipal, provincial and national government are incoherent in some cases. 

The ANC says ‘the risk associated with incoherency and lack of decisiveness in government is that most development in cities and major areas is led by the private sector, which results in government influence and the directing of development being compromised’. The party wants to be at the forefront of giving guidance to where development should go. 

6. Better cooperative governance and integrated service delivery 

Cooperative governance principles do not translate into an effective system of government. 

The party says practice shows federal tendencies and features, citing as an example that the nine provincial governments and 284 municipal governments set their own priorities and plans, leading to uneven performance and delivery, as well as an incoherent planning regime. 

It notes that efforts by government to coordinate planning have so far failed and remained ‘pie in the sky’. 

7. Land question 

The national general council (NGC) expects to get feedback on land audits to determine who owns what and where. Phase two was scheduled to be completed at the end of September. 

8. Effective policing 

There needs to be a single police service to maximise effective policing. The peace and stability subcommittee is considering that Metro police become a division operating in the SA Police Service (SAPS). This means the SAPS will have central command and control over municipal police. 

9. Fresh ideas on economic growth and job creation 

The ANC notes that government has limited resources as a result of low economic growth and a huge budget deficit. It is recommended that proper prioritisation and sequencing of state interventions be looked into. 

It is trying to find creative ways of drawing in the private sector in realising urgent infrastructure projects. 

10. Electricity 

The party is concerned that a new electricity crisis could erupt after the department of energy failed to achieve its target to develop a funding and implementation plan, and reduce maintenance backlogs in the electricity distribution infrastructure. 

The ANC is also looking at getting more independent power producers on board. The party wants government to be more transparent on its planned nuclear procurement programme. 

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