Vavi: Scrap wasteful provinces

2011-12-20 12:32

Johannesburg - Poverty and inequality in South Africa were still at high levels, Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi said on Tuesday.

There had been an increase in casual worker employment in 2011 and the numbers of poor workers were still expanding.

"Given the stagnation in the economy, continued high unemployment and casualisation of employment, there has been no improvement in South Africa's huge level of poverty and inequality," Vavi told a briefing in Johannesburg to mark the union federation's end of year statement.

He said it was only thanks to social grants that the country had not been plunged into chaos.

"If the ANC government had listened to liberals and ideologues there would be riots in the streets in the country if there were no social grants."

He said while social grants were one of the ANC government's "finest" achievements, it was intolerable that so many South Africans had no other source of income and needed decent jobs.

"Fifty percent of South African population lives on eight percent of national income. This means for every R100 of national income earned, almost 25 million people share just R8 of that money a day."

Vavi said radical economic programmes needed to be considered to "reverse the catastrophe".

This included scrapping the funding to provinces that were abusing resources.

"We propose that we scrap this bureaucratic layer of government - the provinces - who instead of facilitating development have just been guzzling resources needed to build strong local government," he said.

  • 100003054013706 - 2011-12-20 13:22

    Well said. Now lets start by scrapping the carpenters province , oreven better donating it to cousin Bob , your uncle in the thieving business. Follow that up by scrapping the northern cape, mpumulanga and the eastern cape, and ,oh yes gauteng too , home of bobs ally ,Gwede - i need the dentist -mantashe. Good idea ,but who goes and who stays?

      enlightened.bowman - 2012-12-20 13:20

      yeah, and move them over to the western Cape..right? NO, we create a whole new province and they can HAVE Gauteng for all I care, we call it Nkandla, all the man with the tool will have to do is extend the fence. within six months they'll be climbing off the trees asking for export deals. we can then sit back and watch them reduce gestation period to three weeks, use the entire place as a toilet and dumping ground and go to the sangoma for advice on typhoid Cholera and da seeckness that meks u thin. This will be the time for the flatliners to prove that the E.E.G does indeed go Beep other that when stimulated by the word "food" "sex" and occasionallly their name. I guarantee you that within six months, they'll blame aparthheid and the white boys. and THEN: Enter Julius Malema, the saviour dadaaaa!! did I miss somethingg here?

  • 100000150470715 - 2011-12-20 13:48

    We used to have 4 provinces. The ANC came in and changed everything left-right-and-centre: increased the number of provinces, closed down training colleges, changed the education system, etc. and now they're slowly just changing everything back to the way it was before they took over. Just silly. Also, Vavi says: "If the ANC government had listened to liberals and ideologues there would be riots in the streets in the country if there were no social grants." I agree, social grants are a good thing, but perhaps if the ANC had listened to the "liberals and idealogues", perhaps the SA economy would have been flexible and dynamic enough that many of those now on social grants would instead be gainfully employed.

      Nuck Choris - 2011-12-20 15:07

      Maybe is so many did not sit back and rely on social grants they would get off theirs butts and work for a change.

      Nasdaq7 - 2011-12-22 05:10

      The problem is actually taxes. The country can carry a few million freeloaders, but it can't tax 5 million taxpayers to death in the hope if achieving high economic growth. People spend money at businesses, have to start their own businesses and have to save. But all that money and potential economic growth is disappearing into our lovely big bureaucratic ANC government departments which does very little with the money. Look at the state of our roads if you don't believe me.

  • MnrFotograaf - 2011-12-20 15:10

    The solution is much simpler: Scrap the unions, go back to the old provinces, ban the ANC.

  • Chris - 2011-12-21 10:12

    This is the ghost wanna be President speaking to us. Does he understand that another 200 businesses are closing their doors just in Cape Town alone. The casual labour market is expanding and will create some relief for the masses but the real culprits at why our country is going down the tubes are not being targeted. It is time for the politicians to be paid as casuals and only to receive a stipend when they actually prove they have been at work.

  • Clive Oliver - 2011-12-21 11:50

    vavi reminds me of the man, who finding himself in a hole, decides to dig deeper

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