KZN has ‘top premier’

2009-04-14 00:00

KwaZulu-Natal Premier S’bu Ndebele has been rated top premier in the country in an Ipsos Markinor Poll rating government leadership in South Africa.

According to the poll, 73% of likely voters rated Ndebele’s performance as “very well” or “fairly well”. This was compared to the premiers of Mpumalanga, Gauteng, the North West and Eastern Cape, who all received less than 50% favourability.

With the general elections due to take place in just over a week’s time, Markinor felt it pertinent to review the public’s perception of the national government as a whole as well as key political and party leaders. They found that:

• Overall, ANC president Jacob Zuma is the most favoured party leader among likely voters.

• Zuma is the most favoured party leader among black voters, while DA leader Helen Zille is the most favoured party leader among white, coloured and Indian voters.

• 59% of voters in South Africa believe that the national government is doing its job very well or fairly well.

• Just over 54% felt President Kgalema Motlanthe is doing a good job, and 40% indicated they did not know how well Deputy President Baleka Mbete is doing her job.

• Ndebele received significantly higher favourability ratings from voters than the other premiers.

The Witness asked Ndebele what he felt he did right while in office and what lesson he could pass on to future premiers.

The premier said that from the time he was Transport Minister, he realised that it is important to listen to people and try to put forward their interests.

His advice to future leaders is to listen and to make an honest attempt to meet people’s needs.

Communities will respect you if they see that you are making an effort on their behalf, he said.

For Ndebele, his greatest achievement in KZN was far more than the delivery of houses and basic services such as water and electricity — it was bringing peace and stability to the province.

“You can achieve so much more when you create a peaceful environment. It allows you to work as a team. It was teamwork within the ANC in the province and in government that saw KZN faring well,” he added.

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