Provinces need the power to develop their own tax incentives to attract business and tailor labour regimes suited to economic growth PICTURE: THE TIMES A possible solution to the disturbing images of unemployed graduates standing with "please hire me" signs at intersections may be more power granted to SA’s nine provinces.The provincial dispensation was the outcome of an attempt to ensure the inclusion of minority parties, such as the National Party and the Inkatha Freedom Party, at the start of the democratic era, rather than a functional system designed to solve social problems.About 95% of provincial expenditure is "nondiscretionary".Some political commentators argue that the best solution would be to scrap provincial governments and to centralise their functions to achieve greater efficiency.The Institute of Race Relations (IRR) proposes exactly the opposite: it believes one solution to the downward spiral would be to give provinces more authority to develop economic policy. Thi...

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