Widespread service protests forced ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa to cut short the party’s door-to-door campaign and pay Alexandra residents a visit. This enlightened him on the longstanding issues endured by local communities at the hands of intransigent municipal leadership. Hopefully, Ramaphosa will also look into the recent spate of xenophobic attacks instigated by the growing competition for resources. The problem has nothing to do with foreign nationals but with rogue elements in the home affairs department who allow migrants to enter the country illegally. The point is that government departments are working in silos, with political principals talking past each other as if they are clueless about our porous borders. The security cluster lacks the resolve to deal with border-control lapses. While the trade and industry department is spearheading regional industrial integration to unlock the region's growth and development potential, the health department says What if we’re mo...

BL Premium

This article is reserved for our subscribers.

A subscription helps you enjoy the best of our business content every day along with benefits such as exclusive Financial Times articles, ProfileData financial data, and digital access to the Sunday Times and Times Select.

Already subscribed? Simply sign in below.



Questions or problems? Email helpdesk@businesslive.co.za or call 0860 52 52 00. Got a subscription voucher? Redeem it now