Tshwane and Cape Town – contrasts highlight August choice for SA

By Alec Hogg

This week, at opposite ends of the country, South Africans were provided a clear contrast between the choices they face in the August vote.

In Tshwane, the ANC leadership’s decision to replace the Mayor with a close ally of President Jacob Zuma has sparked violent protests. Roads are barricaded with burning tyres, busses torched and a general state of mayhem taken hold. Such is the modern day consequence of the Soviet-style command and control approach.

In DA-run Cape Town, Mayor Patricia de Lille hosted a ceremony in Nomzamo, a township near the Strand, where 100 residents were presented with full freehold titles on their homes. These latest beneficiaries of a Free Market Foundation initiative that takes entrepreneur Christo Wiese’s sponsorship of home ownership to 300.

While handing over the title deeds Wiese, an expert in capital allocation and the power of opportunity, asked “what could be more important than this?” Quite a reflection of how good governance works. And such a long, long way from having to burn tyres to get heard.

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