DA Northern Cape Leader
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The Democratic Alliance in the Northern Cape was let down by the President’s State of the Nation Address. His announcements were unexciting and he failed to provide much needed clarity on matters pertaining to infrastructure and, in turn, development in the province. This is in spite of commitments made to this effect during last year’s address.
Just about the president’s only mention of the Northern Cape came in a revelation that construction on the new Northern Cape university is set to commence later this year. We are pleased that there finally seems to be certainty regarding the future of this institution, which has thus far proven to be an illusive promise. Nonetheless, the president failed to indicate the budget that has been set aside for this massive project. This makes us skeptical of the amount of real progress that we will be able to see. Only time will tell if the establishment of this tertiary institution will in fact materialize or whether, by keeping promises of its development alive, the president is simply playing with time in an effort to appease voters.
It further saddens the DA that, as a province characterized by extreme levels of youth unemployment and minimal opportunities, the President chose to give nothing but hazy reassurance with regards to tackling youth unemployment in the country. No one will suffer more from this than the thousands of unemployed young men and women from the Northern Cape, who were waiting for the President to announce the implementation of the Youth Wage Subsidy. We are greatly disappointed in this regard, and feel deeply for our fellow citizens, whose hope died along with the President’s vague plans, and blatant lack of action.
The DA is of the opinion that government fails to recognize the Northern Cape for all the potential that it has. We are almost invisible in the greater plan of things, despite all we have to offer. Perhaps we should, in part, blame this on our provincial government, whose ineffective governance has slowly been chipping away at the province’s capacity and image.