According to President Cyril Ramaphosa, his administration has made progress in combatting the scourge associated with corruption while strengthening the capacity of the state to deliver basic services to communities as well as businesses, hopefully leading to the creation of new jobs.
Local government, as well as related government in South Africa, are in crisis and the upcoming elections offer an ideal opportunity for necessary changes to be made on this level.
Municipalities in South Africa are considered the bedrock of the economy and with most municipalities dysfunctional, new solutions are crucial to solving the old challenges and issues that these municipalities face.
At the core of these issues are cadre deployment, mismatching of skills and overall incompetence, which indicates failure at the government level. The dysfunction in municipalities affect small businesses and it is crucial that the public vote wisely and select people who truly have the best interest of South Africans and small businesses at heart.
Government elections and the effects on South Africa
South Africa’s socio-political landscape is filled with desperately poor people who are stressed about their circumstances, concerned about their survival, and empathetic towards politics, at any given level.
The municipal level is where the citizens of South Africa feel most comfortable and empowered to interact with Government. There needs to be a firm line between administration and politics to avoid poor administration.
To positively impact the economy of South Africa, formal, comprehensive, and legal agreements must be reached that bind all parties in South Africa together, in other words, it is necessary to institutionalise coalitions.
One of the primary things that this country needs is collaborative governance and power-sharing because differences tend to strain coalition, leading to service delivery suffering, and in turn, South African citizens, and the economy overall.