Three reasons municipalities fail and why the district model won't solve anything - is a misdiagnosis of the root cause of the problem in our municipalities and confirms the DA's inability to govern beyond its current solid municipal boundaries, which, in the main, are characterised by high levels of racial inequality and better revenue base.
At the Black Business Council Summit, the model was well received by the black business community as it appears unique and addresses the frustrations and legitimate grievances of communities and black businesses.
After 26 years of democracy, Nedlac and market-driven development are not making any difference to the triple challenge of poverty, inequality and unemployment. The District Development Model, however, is bound to make a difference as it fundamentally differs with other versions of development models such as ASGISA and GEAR in which those at the top or with connections benefitted.
Shift towards small towns
The District Development Model is going to stop the systematic marginalisation of black business and create a platform for black professionals who have always wanted to go back home and improve their villages to do just that and be part of transformation in the development of new towns, which have higher potential for growth and job creation. The shift and focus toward small town development must be welcomed as it does away with the habit of investment being centred in large cities, which are already developed.
It is my request for the DA and all South Africans to embrace the District Development Model as it present an opportunity to review our structures and systems to transform our socio-economic landscape and accommodate black business and marginalised communities, which are very critical constituencies that have been patient for far too long.
Giving local communities voice to shape and inform industrial policy and economic development broadly through the District Development Model will go a long way to remodelling Nedlac, while giving hope to many South Africans. Given that all stakeholders at the local level will be involved, it also gives the hope of unity in local economic development, practically demonstrating that divided we fall and united we stand.