JACOB Zuma will shortly make his Cabinet choices known. More than that, he will implement an ANC plan to reorganise the executive so that government may more effectively tackle the delivery of social services and the upliftment of the poor.
Although the ANC has spun a good line about its election victory – and it was a substantial and unquestionable triumph – it knows that it must finally deliver real change to the country’s poorest over the next five years. The consolidation of the oppositon around the DA and Cope, its dramatic loss of the Western Cape and its falling national percentage margin all add pressure.
In the Western Cape, the DA’s Helen Zille will have the opportunity to shift the DA out of its “opposition” stereotype, by delivering a provincial government performance that will change the game. Think of what she did with the Cape Town metro and how that propelled her to provincial office. She will struggle to get beyond her current national support base, mainly because of her party’s apparent inability to lift itself out of negative campaigning.
But, if the DA has a ceiling on the amount of black support it can attract in the rest of the country, Cope does not.
Cope has seven percent of the vote, but it has serious growth potential, especially if an ANC government once more fails the poorest of the poor. Without mobilising this constituency, no party will ever seriously challenge the ANC’s majority.
It will take some nifty footwork and a bout of populism, but Cope could be that party.
In this environment, Zuma’s ANC must make the next five years tell. The response is very encouraging. The new government seems likely to implement the notion of a super minister, most likely Trevor Manuel, who will take charge of planning government action across ministerial disciplines.
This is a recipe for conflict (just ask Jay Naidoo about the RDP ministry’s attempt to get other ministers to play ball), but it may not be so under Manuel, who has the seniority, the authority and, dare it be said, the bloody-mindedness, to reshape government.
In government, the whole will be greater than the sum of the parts, as efficiencies are introduced at both a financial and a structural level.
Add the likes of Pravin Gordhan to the mix as a possible finance minister and then the presence of heavyweights like Cyril Ramaphosa and Tokyo Sexwale, and you will have a serious battle plan on the table.
The key shift that Zuma must make is not in personnel, however, it is in the reasoning behind government appointments. If he is going to use his Cabinet decisions to reward friends, overlook weaknesses and repay favours – a la Thabo Mbeki with Manto Tshabalala-Msimang – he is doomed from the outset. The minister sets the tone for a department and it won’t take long for the tone of entitlement to rob an administration of its efficacy.
The price for another five years of faux delivery might be calamitous for the ANC come 2014.
I hope to God that by the next election this country has had enough of this black/white/man/woman bit. It’s degrading as a human being to belong to such a faaked society with such ingrained and frankly, outdated norms of socially acceptable blather. I am not far from moving to the most remote spot I can find just to teach my kids proper living, without all this c.r.ap.
That said: Ground level is one thing we have to work on. It’s not so much about the party you vote for, but more importantly, the services a ‘group of dedicated South Africans’ can and should be delivering, to the benefit of South Africans, regardless of their ***, colour, tribe, mental acuity etcetc.
What do you propose?
Read Eli’s comment above about the RAP. I would say that is a pretty good proposition.
I saw that, and yes, I agree.. I was wondering about Dumisani though.
went on weekend spree in my township
I have often wondered what the Nqakula’s are owed by the ANC……They should go down in history as the most incompetent couple who have be ‘rewarded’ by the ANC by being given positions which they obviously are not even remotely competent at!! Strange.
Mr Charles NQAKULA – He was placed under a banning order from 1976-1981. The banning order was revoked in 1982 because his village fell into the Ciskei, which became independent in 1981. Nqakula was declared a prohibited immigrant unable to enter South African territory. He was frequently detained either by the SA or Ciskeian authorities. He was arrested in East London for being in SA without a Visa in 1983. By this time he was an underground operative for the African National Congress (ANC), specializing in propaganda. He left SA and travelled to Lesotho, Tanzania and Zambia in 1984. He underwent military training in Angola and joined Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK). He travelled to the Soviet Union and East Germany for further military training. He was infiltrated back into SA as one of the Commanders of Operation Vula with a mission to build viable underground and military structures and served as a Commander in the Western Cape in 1988. In 1991 he was granted amnesty by the government.
Note: he specialized in propaganda and always will do so……
what is propaganda?
To some speakers and writers, propaganda is an instrument of the devil. They look on the propagandist as a person who is deliberately trying to hoodwink us, who uses half-truths, who lies, who suppresses, conceals, and distorts the facts. According to this idea of the word, the propagandist plays us for suckers.
propaganda as a narrowly selfish attempt to get people to accept ideas and beliefs, always in the interest of a particular person or group and with little or no advantage to the public.
Cape Town – Safety and Security Minister Charles Nqakula has provided Parliament with inaccurate crime statistics when replying to questions, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday
The response provided by the ministry to the ACDP question showed that the number of police charged for rape were 21 in 2003, 40 in 2004, and 31 in 2005.
This contradicted the reply given to the DA which shows that apart from two who were charged in 2004, no other police were charged during the 2003 to 2005 period.
The fact that the minister gave two different answers to similar questions, Kohler-Barnard said, proved that he was treating Parliament with disdain.
“This level of confusion, inaccuracy and lack of clarity is unacceptable and only serves to undermine the public’s confidence in the SAPS even further,” she said.
However, Nqakula’s spokesperson Trevor Bloem on Thursday denied that the varying figures were a reflection of any incompetence on the part of the safety ministry.
who else in the government can you all name out as propagandist in rural area’s of South Africa, in places that do not have TV’s, in places that do not have schools to teach people how to make the correct decisions. name them, honestly.
it looks like boss Dumisani Dlamini has said something wrong again…..
seems like you’re on a roll today
even worse – - –
“We apologise unconditionally to the people of South Africa and the leadership of the ANC for the embarrassment we caused the organization. Nomvula Mokonyane serve as premier of Gauteng for the government term starting in 2009.”
The league initially claimed she was appointed to fill ANC gender quotas, but then said she had been chosen because of her skills.
Malema said they had a right to express themselves and that they had been disappointed by Mokonyane’s appointment. Their previous statement had been made because they were “shocked” by the NEC’s decision.
“If a ruling is not made in your favour, you will be shocked… Even Mbeki was shocked in Polokwane,” said Malema, referring to Thabo Mbeki’s being replaced as ANC president by Jacob Zuma.
Malema said Mbeki’s major supporters were also shocked by the Polokwane conference’s outcome, going so far as to create opposition party the Congress of the People.
“That’s what happens when you invest too much into politics.”
He said that Cabinet was going to be announced soon and “all of us are going to be shocked. As it is, we are lobbying for certain people to become ministers.
“We will accept them, but we will let the leadership know of our dissatisfaction… they are dealing with militant and radical young people”.
say again – quote: they are dealing with militant and radical young people”. And what does he mean by UNCONDITIONALY, does he mean it or not?
Lets BOOOO Julius Malema – the little s h-i-t.
ANCYL apologizes once again, but unconditionally…. And claims the country is dealing with militant and radical young people”. – and may I add – while wearing an ANC imprinted T-shirt, if the ANC was really clear that they will help the country out, why wont they rip the T-shirt off his body and strip his position from the ANCYL. ANCYL is intimidating the youth and nation in SA. Even ME.
BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO Malema, makes ANC look bad
My Boo was more: The ANCYL and ANC suck in general with a few exception – like their finance minister
Monty, who else can you name in government that are propagandist, read above what is propaganda.
Wow gentlemen!!!!,that was one hell of an attack you pulled on mwah,anyway moving forward,and after hearing the interview with FW D Klerk which mostly link to everyone’s argument with pupils comfort choice “ANC”, and Im sure that even the sincere supporters of the ANC are holding their last breath on this one,and if its indeed dissatisfactory chances are they would lose supporters. People would start microscoping their decisions and even shift parties,to all fairness
Wow gentlemen!!!!,that was one hell of an attack you pulled on mwah,anyway moving forward,and after hearing the interview with FW D Klerk which mostly link to everyone’s argument with pupils comfort choice “ANC”, and Im sure that even the sincere supporters of the ANC are holding their last breath on this one,and if its indeed dissatisfactory chances are they would lose supporters. People would start microscoping their decisions and even shift parties,to all fairness my view was that people were limited to making an optional decision because most parties had supress their canvas ,and they were within targetted areas and mostly not to lose their dominating areas,and still people were exepcted to make informative decisions about who to vote,other than that People are not blind and neither are they stupid,they know ANC has not delivered but,what ANC has done is to stress out to people that they were rotten potatoes within who were slowering the delivery platform and that they now were detached from the party,with that conviction again the votes were favouring ANC,if ANC fails to deliver it would be then concluded even by the poorest pupils yet to face service delivery, that all the potatoes are rotten, but assuming better of the other…..remember that they is a thin line between love and hate indeed that was proven by the COPE formulation and their remarkable if i may say no 3rd spot in the vote count.To conclude South Africa has a huge domination in the world economic focus ,in all based industries ,we would not like to lose all this further than we had previously,and we would not like to lose competent people,and hear of them in countries like Australia and Canada and t glorification of their greatness .They is alot to be done in the country and if Zuma fails the nation ANC supportes will not respond in the next elections vote counts and we might see a new party in the ruling and if they do delivery convingly and proving the later to exit to be rotten .. well that topic is for another day