Is dit normaal of is daar meer hieragter saam al die korrupsie – finansies wat nooit teruggevind word nie. Die ANC se president meen daar is teveel “paddas” in sy koor rondom sy potjie, hulle gaan waarskynlik nou almal ‘n goue handdruk ontvang en diep in die pensioenfonds indelf? Dis ook by hul eie konferensies bepaal dit moet verminder. Daar word glo gewerk om die “lojale ANC werkers” nou huis toe te stuur, of dalk ander takies te gee, dalk meer lojale Ramaphosa ondersteuners inbring. Magsblokke kan gevorm word waar die ANC alle “provinsies” gaan beheer deur saam te voeg en weg te neem. So val nog kommunistiese reëls in plek.
Daar is geen ander opsie vir ons as volk om steun te kry vir ‘n mandaat vir ons eie onafhanklike gebied. Kom onder die krummelregering weg, hulle is niks van ons en met al hul wetgewings is ons al vir 25 jaar uitgesluit. Steun Front Nasionaal, ‘n volksparty. Selfbeskikking gaan nie vanself gebeur as ons as volk dit nie steun nie.
Wat het dit ons al geleer die afgelope 25 jaar. Dis maar ou taktiek van die ANC – meerderhede van sekeres word een plek verminder om aan te sluit waar “minderhede” vermeerder of vergroot kan word – dis nou na die stemmery.
Nagevolge is protesaksies, afbrand en ‘n felle rewolusie. Sou dit wel plaasvind beteken dit munisipaliteite wat niks doen nie word bygevoeg by ander wat wel iets doen. Die “boeke” van munisipaliteite is beslis nie gesond nie, en nog minder provinsies. Eintlik is die boeke op nasionale vlak nog minder gesond as op derde vlak regering.
Dan is daar al die staatsinstellings wat heeltyd bankrot bly en ons sit met die gebakte pere as die krag afgaan. Werk aan alternatiewe soos gas en solar energie.
Dan is daar steeds die groot vermeerdering in etniese tradisionele leiers wat hul stukkie koeke kom haal en deelneem. Eers was daar vrae beantwoord dis 900 en skielik is daar 8000. En daar is heelwat finansiële implikasies hierby. Grondeise en hervorming asook die dringende “wetgewing” om dit te onteiening sonder enige vergoeding. Iets rym niks.
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Sunday Times reported Ramaphosa wants to merge ministries and get rid of deputy ministers (a golden handshake), and reduce the number of provinces in South Africa as measures to cut costs. The City Press reported that Ramaphosa is planning to collapse a number of departments and form a “powerful economic department”. This economic department is set to be formed by a “merger of the departments of small business, trade and industry, tourism, and economic development”.
The plan is to cut the 3″4-member cabinet after the elections”, which should be made up of only 25 ministers and 15 deputy ministers. Or perhaps no deputies.
ANC plan to reduce the number of provinces to 6
If this happen, municipalities will also have a “change” and it is possible that some parties will not be in charge of provinces, but only the ANC. The ANC took a decision in 2007 that the number of provinces be reduced to six, instead of nine. National executive committee (NEC) member Obed Bapela said at the time that the commission would look into the powers, functions, and number of provinces. Their plan is to wait for the election and then implement their plans.
Streamlining national government
In February 2016, DA leader Mmusi Maimane detailed the party’s vision to streamline the national government to 15 cabinet ministries, thereby saving R4.6 billion annually. South Africa’s cabinet has moved from 16 ministries in 1996 to one of 35 – plus an additional 37 deputy ministers. The country should be taking its cue from countries around the world that are doing what they can to cut waste in difficult economic times.
2019 – STATE NATION ADDRESS
We are implementing the recommendations of the report of the Nugent Commission of Inquiry into SARS and are in the process of appointing a new Commissioner to head this essential institution.
With the assistance of the National Planning Commission, we reached consensus on reforms that include the National Social Security Fund, institutional arrangements, regulatory reforms, improved unemployment benefits, improved social assistance coverage, and active labour market policies for citizens between 18 and 59 years.
The revelations emerging from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture and other commissions are deeply disturbing, for they reveal a breadth and depth of criminal wrongdoing that challenges the very foundation of our democratic State.
We commend these commissions for the work they are doing, often under challenging circumstances, to uncover the truth.
These commissions need to be able to do their work without any hindrance, and we call on all those people who are in a position to assist them in their investigations to make themselves available.
While these commissions will in time make findings and recommendations in line with their mandates, evidence of criminal activity that emerges must be evaluated by the criminal justice system.
Where there is a basis to prosecute, prosecutions must follow swiftly and stolen public funds must be recovered urgently.
In broad terms, the directorate will focus on the evidence that has emerged from the Zondo Commission of Inquiry into State Capture, other commissions and disciplinary inquiries.
It will identify priority cases to investigate and prosecute and will recover assets identified to be the proceeds of corruption.
The Directorate will bring together a range of investigatory and prosecutorial capacity from within government and in the private sector under an investigating director reporting to the NDPP.
Since we launched the initiative, 699 schools have been provided with safe and appropriate sanitation facilities and projects in a further 1,150 schools are either in planning, design or construction stages.
We are determined to eradicate unsafe and inappropriate sanitation facilities within the next three years.
This is an outstanding example of collaboration between government and business to address with urgency a great need that impacts on the right of South Africa’s children to safety and dignity in educational facilities.
We are making important progress in restoring the integrity and capacity of our strategic SOEs.
To restore proper corporate governance, new boards with credible, appropriately experienced and ethical directors, have been appointed at Eskom, Denel, Transnet, SAFCOL, PRASA and SA Express.
We have established the Presidential SOE Council, which will provide political oversight and strategic management in order to reform, reposition and revitalise SOEs, so they play their role as catalysts of economic growth and development.
We want our SOEs to be fully self-sufficient and be able to fulfil their development and economic role.
Where SOEs are not able to raise sufficient financing from banks, from capital markets, from development finance institutions or from the fiscus, we will need to explore other mechanisms, such as strategic equity partnerships or selling off non-strategic assets.
As we do all this, we will not support any measures that, in any form, dispose of assets of the State that are strategic to the wellbeing of the economy and the people.
We have the task and the responsibility to safeguard, build and sustain these key institutions for future generations.
We have sought credible plans from boards to put in place the right skills and expertise to manage these companies so that we can shift the focus from immediate stability to long-term sustainability.
We also seek to build a pragmatic and cooperative relationship between government, organised labour and private sector stakeholders, where we can jointly determine a strategic path for SOEs to create jobs, enable inclusive growth and become operationally and financially sustainable.
Security of energy supply is an absolute imperative.
Eskom is in crisis and the risks it poses to South Africa are great.
It could severely damage our economic and social development ambitions.
We need to take bold decisions and decisive action.
The consequences may be painful, but they will be even more devastating if we delay.
In responding to this crisis, we are informed by the need to minimise any adverse economic cost to the consumer and taxpayer.
As we address the challenges that face Eskom we will ensure that there is meaningful consultation and dialogue with all key stakeholders.
We will lead a process with labour, Eskom and other stakeholders to work out the details of a just transition, and proper, credible and sustainable plans that will address the needs of all those who may be affected.
As we address the challenges that face Eskom, we also need to safeguard our national fiscal framework, achieve a positive impact on our sovereign credit rating, and pay attention to the rights and obligations of Eskom’s funders.
Eskom has come up with a nine-point turnaround plan which we support and want to see implemented.
In line with this plan, Eskom will need to take urgent steps to significantly reduce its costs.
It will need more revenue through an affordable tariff increase.
We need to take steps to reduce municipal non-payment and confront the culture of non-payment that exists in some communities.
It is imperative that all those who use electricity – over and above the free basic electricity provided – should pay for it.
To bring credibility to the turnaround and to position South Africa’s power sector for the future, we shall immediately embark on a process of establishing three separate entities – Generation, Transmission and Distribution – under Eskom Holdings.
This will ensure that we isolate cost and give responsibility to each appropriate entity.
This will also enable Eskom to be able to raise funding for its various operations much easily from funders and the market.
Of particular and immediate importance is the entity to manage an independent state-owned transmission grid combined with the systems operator and power planning, procurement and buying functions.
It is imperative that we undertake these measures without delay to stabilise Eskom’s finances, ensure security of electricity supply, and establish the basis for long-term sustainability.
At the centre of all our efforts to achieve higher and more equitable growth, to draw young people into employment and to prepare our country for the digital age, must be the prioritisation of education and the development of skills.
We will also be expanding the People’s Housing Programme, where households are allocated serviced stands to build their own houses, either individually or through community-led housing cooperatives.
South Africa has one of the most comprehensive and far-reaching social security nets in the world, providing a buffer between poor households and abject poverty.
Every month 17,5 million social grants are provided to South Africans.
The Department of Social Development is to be commended for having honoured the Constitutional Court’s directive for phasing out the services of Cash Paymaster Services.
After extensive consultation, the National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill will soon be ready for submission to Parliament.
The NHI will enable South Africans to receive free services at the point of care in public and private quality accredited health facilities.
By applying the principle of social solidarity and cross-subsidisation, we aim to reduce inequality in access to health care.
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