We will no longer feed white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal

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As we lead this sec­ond tran­si­tion of the na­tional demo­cratic rev­o­lu­tion, we draw in­spi­ra­tion from Oliver Tambo’s fear­less­ness and fo­cus on the task of dis­man­tling apartheid and its re­main­ing le­gacy of poverty, in­equal­ity and un­em­ploy­ment, which still af­flicts black peo­ple in gen­eral and Africans in par­tic­u­lar.

This state of the prov­ince ad­dress is also ded­i­cated to the 20th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tion of the coun­try’s Con­sti­tu­tion. We in the ANC be­lieve that this Con­sti­tu­tion is the most pro­gres­sive and rev­o­lu­tion­ary doc­u­ment to be used to ef­fect fun­da­men­tal change in this coun­try.

Re­gret­tably, the Con­sti­tu­tion has been abused by a mi­nor­ity who run to the courts un­der the guise of pro­tect­ing the Con­sti­tu­tion, when, in fact, they only seek to en­trench their priv­i­leges and in­ter­rupt the trans­for­ma­tion pro­gramme.

Govern­ment will no longer feed the greed of white mo­nop­oly cap­i­tal at the ex­pense of black en­trepreneurs, the ma­jor­ity of whom live in vil­lages, town­ships and dor­pies. We will not use pub­lic funds to per­pet­u­ate skewed ac­cu­mu­la­tion of wealth and priv­i­lege by the few – mainly white and male – who con­sti­tute a small num­ber of the pop­u­la­tion of Bokone Bophir­ima.

While the state is crit­i­cised by many at times for not act­ing toughly enough against some pub­lic sec­tor bu­reau­crats, boards and share­hold­ers in the pri­vate sec­tor have al­lowed ex­ec­u­tives to break the law and act crim­i­nally with­out con­se­quences.

We hope that the re­cently re­ported case in which some banks are ac­cused of crime and cor­rup­tion will be used to es­tab­lish a firm prece­dence by im­ple­ment­ing the max­i­mum penalty against all the banks and their ex­ec­u­tives.

Banks should no longer be al­lowed to be un­ac­count­able cor­po­rate bullies who are above the law and im­mune from le­gal li­a­bil­ity, even when they break the law and cause un­told harm to the econ­omy and the pub­lic. In this re­gard, we will be dis­cussing our fu­ture re­la­tions with Absa.

As the prov­ince, we sup­port the pro­nounce­ment by Pres­i­dent Ja­cob Zuma to es­tab­lish a state bank that will utilise the state’s tril­lion-rand bud­get to force trans­for­ma­tion in the sec­tor and open it to par­tic­i­pa­tion by more black play­ers.

In the prov­ince, we are in the process of es­tab­lish­ing the AgriFund (let­lole) as part of re­sus­ci­tat­ing the North West Agri­cul­tural Bank. The prov­ince is also talk­ing to VBS Mu­tual Bank about the role it can play in strength­en­ing economies in vil­lages, town­ships and dor­pies.

The Bokone Bophir­ima govern­ment will, in the next three weeks, ta­ble a vil­lages, town­ships and small dor­pies Pref­er­en­tial Pro­cure­ment Bill in the pro­vin­cial leg­is­la­ture to force both state and pri­vate com­pa­nies to spend 70% of their pro­cure­ment bud­gets on procur­ing goods and ser­vices in these small ar­eas.

Min­ing houses con­tinue to repa­tri­ate bil­lions in pro­cure­ment ex­pen­di­ture to sup­port big cor­po­rates in some metropoli­tan ar­eas of our coun­try. Of the R61 bil­lion spent by min­ing houses, only R48.6 bil­lion is spent in the prov­ince.

We are at an ad­vanced stage of dis­cus­sions with Min­eral Re­sources Min­is­ter Mosebenzi Zwane on the nec­es­sary ap­proach in this mat­ter.

We are happy to re­port that vil­lage, town­ship and small dorp pro­cure­ment ex­pen­di­ture by pro­vin­cial de­part­ments as at the end of De­cem­ber amounted to R1.1 bil­lion. For the pe­riod, of the R1 070 bil­lion, R992 mil­lion was paid in 21 days and the re­main­ing amount was paid within 30 days – in com­pli­ance with the Pub­lic Fi­nance Man­age­ment Act.

Govern­ment is work­ing with Eskom and mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties to clear all debts owed to the power util­ity. Out of the eight af­fected mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, a debt man­age­ment unit man­aged to en­sure that pay­ment agree­ments by mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties were com­plied with, and in ex­cess of R120 mil­lion has been paid to Eskom.

The de­part­ment of pub­lic works and roads will pri­ori­tise un­paved or gravel roads that were badly af­fected by rain and floods mainly in the vil­lage, town­ship and small dorp ar­eas. Fo­cus will be put on strate­gic eco­nomic roads that con­nect vil­lages to vil­lages, vil­lages to town­ships and vil­lages to dor­pies.

The de­part­ment of ed­u­ca­tion will con­tinue to sup­port schools through in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, ren­o­va­tions, as well as by pro­vid­ing wa­ter, san­i­ta­tion and fenc­ing. This sup­port will in­clude the ex­pan­sion of boarding schools by us­ing some of the ex­ist­ing ra­tio­nalised schools with a bud­get of R1 bil­lion.

To ad­dress the poor per­for­mance in maths, the de­part­ment has em­barked on a project of pro­vid­ing pri­mary schools with maths lab­o­ra­to­ries. A to­tal of 498 schools will be done within a three-year pe­riod to the tune of R300 mil­lion.

We are pleased to re­port that af­ter long dis­cus­sions, all par­ties have agreed that the North-West Univer­sity needs a med­i­cal school.

The es­tab­lish­ment and de­vel­op­ment of a med­i­cal school will at­tract med­i­cal spe­cial­ists to the prov­ince.

We are mak­ing a plea to all peo­ple of Bokone Bophir­ima to stop mak­ing dam­ag­ing and li­bel­lous ac­cu­sa­tions against our fel­low cit­i­zens with­out any ev­i­dence to sub­stan­ti­ate such ac­cu­sa­tions. Un­sub­stan­ti­ated sto­ries of cor­rup­tion are not only dam­ag­ing to the per­sons af­fected, but also ruin and dam­age the good name of the prov­ince and the coun­try.

These ideas are in­spired by the many mes­sages of sup­port and con­stant pro­pos­als from the peo­ple on how we can bet­ter govern­ment’s de­liv­ery ma­chin­ery.

Supra Mahumapelo voices@city­press.co.za

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