Provinces not viable - ANC

2012-03-05 22:22

Johannesburg - The status quo of the provinces is not viable and neither is removing all nine provinces, the ANC said in policy discussion documents released on Monday.

"The ANC government must reform, rationalise and strengthen provinces," it said in a paper on legislature and governance.

It proposed that there be fewer provinces which were functional, effective, economically sustainable, which integrated communities on non-racial basis and did away with ethnic boundaries.

"The role of provincial legislatures [needs to] be refocused and mechanisms to strengthen legislatures be developed," it said.

It suggested that the roles and responsibilities of provinces be legislated in order to remove uncertainties and disputes.

"This is especially necessary since the district level of government is to be reviewed."

The ANC government needed to develop a policy which would underpin and guide the task of reforming, rationalising and strengthening provinces.

This task had to be carried out by the government through the appointment of a panel of experts.

  • Johan Grobbelaar - 2012-03-05 23:28

    Vote DA! Please! Stop these criminals! If u can't see it ur stupid! Come ON! Don't allow them 2 make us just another African basket case!

  • Remi Du Preez - 2012-03-05 23:51

    Fine. Go ahead and combine whatever provinces you like. Just leave the Western Cape alone. The ANC has done nothing for the performance of this province and never will be able to match the governing standards of the DA.

      chris.debeer1 - 2012-03-06 07:05

      Remi as much as I agree the whole plan is to rid the ANC of the pestering annoying DA throwing egg on their faces. This is the first province to go!!

      SarelJBotha - 2012-03-06 07:55

      Unless the WC becomes independent, I a sure that in time they will combine it with the EC. People need to wake up ans face reality under a commie ANC regime.

  • Remi Du Preez - 2012-03-05 23:53

    Fine. Go ahead and combine whatever provinces you like. Just leave the Western Cape alone. The ANC has done nothing for the performance of this province and never will be able to match the governing standards of the DA.

  • jofouche - 2012-03-06 00:03

    so looks like i will soon be living back in the old transvaal !! :p

      Kala - 2012-03-06 08:49

      Except they will call it Chris Hani Province or Julias Malemaville.

  • Dave Prinsloo - 2012-03-06 00:27

    The Nats and soviet union and nazi germany, all totalitarian regimes start by centralising power. Power to the People not Pretoria!

  • Rob - 2012-03-06 00:48

    Smacks of moving the deckchairs. Based on past performance I can see no hope that the ANC can MANAGE EFFICIENTLY howeve they slice and dice. They simply have too little of what it takes and too much of what is taken

  • Helga Gouws - 2012-03-06 00:48

    haha! So they want less it was before? haha! THEY changed it, and now they want to go back to the way it was...very very funny!

  • Hunter - 2012-03-06 06:27

    Looks like they have forgotten all the protests sparked by trying to move small town districts into different constituencies. Imagine what this will spark...

  • Rinus - 2012-03-06 06:39

    The ANC is between a rock and a hard place and have one of two options: a. Try to get any constitutional changes through now. They still have 65% and might persuade some of the opposition to go with them. Their support base is waning through non-delivery so the 65% will get smaller and smaller. Therefor the sudden issue and comments like "Mandela, Mbeki, Mothlanthe all made constitutional changes, Zuma not". So now it his his turn BUT all 3 others had 66.6% and he doesn't else he would have done so already. b: review the judiciary so that if they do not get the 66.6%, they do it anyway and any constitutional court case to stop this will fail. We must remember that the ANC is in essence in favour of a 1-party state and they will do anything to hold onto power. And do not think for one moment that they're stupid! We should be very worried about the way things are going ....

      SarelJBotha - 2012-03-06 07:55

      The constitution is firmly in their sights, make no mistake.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-06 07:04

    Well, i guess in a way this is a tacit acknowledgement that they screwed it up in the first place.

  • Pauline Hanekom - 2012-03-06 07:07

    DA: Congratulations, you are scaring the ANC! The better things go in the Western Cape the worse the ANC provinces look! Viva DA!

  • christian.helberg - 2012-03-06 07:43

    do they really expect us to believe this BS? they are desperate cause they know more and more people are awaking up to their inability to run a department, let alone a country. The opposition grows and this terrifies them.

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-03-06 07:53

    The only thing not viable is the corrupt ANC.

  • Haveyoursay - 2012-03-06 07:58

    The provinces were through history always a result of a compromise. After England defeated the boers the four provinces came to light as a compromise by the British who wanted the whole country to be one province. We lived with these provinces for a long time until contralesa. Who came up with nine provinced? The ANC! They now admit the nine privinces dont work as they didnt anticipate the corruption level in these provincial governments. The problematic provinces are Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Mapumalanga followed by Northwest.

  • Mike - 2012-03-06 08:01

    Can you imagine all the coloureds in the western cape going on a riot? not a pretty site lol

      Koos - 2012-03-06 09:01

      Not "coloureds" but "cattle-less xhosas" as it was proclaimed on Focus just the other night.

  • Ron - 2012-03-06 08:12

    You can reinstate the Transvaal because Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga are all corrupt and bankrupt because of ANC incompetence.

  • Adrian - 2012-03-06 08:54

    So they perhaps mulling the following ? Eastern Cape / Northern Cape / Western Cape - All become the Cape Free State - Stays the Free State Gauteng / Mpumalanga / Limpopo / Northwest - All become mmmm Transvaal ? KZN - Stays KZN Hey wait a minute .... "The more things change - the more they stay the same" (Alphonse Karr 1808-1890)

  • Douglas - 2012-03-06 09:10

    Western Cape, you better watch your back. The ANC is on the prowl seeking to wrench you back into the fold kicking and screaming.

  • Darryn - 2012-03-06 09:11

    Really strange that they are doing this, it wont do much to solve issues. Most of our provinces are larger than countries in Europe. If anything, they should give more power to each province!

      richard.hipkin - 2012-03-06 10:21

      No! The corruption simply cannot justify that... We need a new government.

  • Wayne - 2012-03-06 09:28

    It is my wish that the less educated people of this country understand the dangers of centralizing power. If you have a gun you run the risk of killing an innocent person, if you dont have a gun you stand less of a chance to kill an innocent person. The 'secrecy bill', the 'media tribunal', FICA, land expropiation, the review of the Concourt all of these point to one thing. The ANC government wants more power in the hands of fewer. The question all South Africans have to ask is WHY. The keep you distracted with Malema and succession debates while government takes away your freedom. Malema is an idiot. The ANC is ruled by the few while it claims the people rule it. If the ANC supporters were more educated they would realise that.

      Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-06 11:41


      Pharaoh Malope - 2012-03-06 12:06

      D reality u seem 2 overlook is that d majority will always vote ANC unless another black-led movement with a clear agenda surfaces. Stupid as they may appear 2 ur 'intellect' ignorant mind they at least know that d DA can never b d answer 2 their struggle.

      Wayne - 2012-03-06 13:53

      A. I never said anyone was stupid except Julius Malema. I said less educated. It's a fact that the school system for black people under apartheid was a joke and the same is true now under the ANC in power. B. I never claimed to be smart. Only more educated than many ANC supporters. Not because I'm racist. Only because I attended a better school. C. Not once did I claim the DA will do a better job. Neither did I encourage anyone to vote for the DA. Also note that I did not mention the DA untill you did. I'm not a DA supporter. In fact, I think the ANC should be in national power but with only 51% of the vote. D. Let's debate the issue, not the person/s. By calling me ignorant(it seemed in your reply that you did) you do not get your point across. People with less sane minds than I might be offended by such comments. By all means disagree with me, if you find my comment racist then please say so. IF you have a different opinion then don't be afraid to say it. Now, back on topic and a reply to you Pharoah, you are absolutly right, black people won't vote for white people. That statement is also racist. Why won't black people vote for white people? I don't know the answer. I would appreciate an answer from a black south african.

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