February 5, 2019

The Good Plan to Fix SA

GOOD PLAN FOR SOUTH AFRICA


THE GOOD PLAN TO #FIXSA


Contents


INTRODUCTION:

The GOOD Plan for South Africa
Fixing South Africa so that our towns and cities offer a GOOD life for everyone


GOOD Policy Principles
The GOOD Plan
Fix Spatial Injustice
Fix Economic Injustice
Fix Social Injustice
Fix Environmental Injustice


The GOOD plan to #FIXSA


Fix South Africa to create a GOOD life for everyone
Now is a GOOD time to fix South Africa.


The world and South Africa has changed significantly since 1994. Doing ‘government as usual’ is not good enough anymore.


Our country is rapidly urbanising. By 2050, more than 80% of South Africans will live in towns and cities.

No family will be unaffected by what happens in a town or city.
GOOD recognises that our country’s future lies in the development of its towns and cities.

We must fix South Africa so that our towns and cities offer a pathway to a GOOD life for everyone.
GOOD plans to create a future where towns and cities are empowered to take the lead in creating positive and real change for everyone.


That is why GOOD is proposing to turn government on its head – to empower towns and cities to build prosperous, safe and socially inclusive communities.


To bring power as close to our people as possible.


To fix old government structures that are not working, so that we can start fixing our gross unemployment, our declining economic growth, and the crippling corruption that’s brought our country to its knees.


To fix the massive inequalities of land ownership, the slow pace of rural land reform, societal segregation and wealth distribution.


To fix the housing injustices, lack of public-service delivery and failing public transport system that’s leaving our people stranded and broke.


To fix the deteriorating education system, digital exclusion and the protection of privilege that’s impacting the development of our future leaders.


We stand up for a country that has zero tolerance for racism, gender discrimination, corruption and poverty. GOOD is not afraid to tackle these issues honestly, and head on.


The GOOD party is led by GOOD people, fighting to create a GOOD life for every GOOD South African.


We stand for the GOOD of our people. The GOOD of our country and the GOOD of our planet.


And we believe that serving you, the people of South Africa, is our privilege and honour.


South Africa needs GOOD people to speak out against corruption, against embedded unearned privilege and against structural and socialised disadvantage that determines who succeeds and who doesn’t.


GOOD is continuing to develop its PLAN to fix our country and will expand this offering in the months ahead.


Now is a GOOD time to fix South Africa.


Now is a GOOD time to vote for GOOD.

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GOOD’s POLICY PRINCIPLES


Our GOOD future is based on four key principles:

  1. Spatial Justice
    • GOOD commits to redressing apartheid spatial planning and the unequal access to jobs, housing, land, tenure and transport that resulted from separating our society based on skin colour.
    • GOOD will fight to undo this legacy of racism.
  2. Economic Justice
    • Governments cannot create jobs. The role and responsibility of government is to create the conditions for economic growth, investment, new businesses and new jobs.
    • GOOD will restore stability and confidence in government.
    • We will build the infrastructure and create the policy certainty that allows South Africa to compete more effectively for the investment that leads to the creation of new businesses.
    • Economic growth must create jobs for those who are currently unemployed.
    • Training and education must develop the skills needed for the industries of the future.
  3. Social Justice
    • GOOD commits to ensuring equitable treatment of all people in South Africa. Gender bias, racial discrimination and unfair privilege must end so that South Africa can achieve real democracy and a fully united and equitable society. We must build a united South Africa.
    • Our independent Chapter 9 State Institutions that support Constitutional Democracy, must play a greater role in tackling the structural inequalities in our society.
    • Social justice also means equitable access to quality education, and ensure fair and equal pay for equal work.
  4. Environmental Justice
    o Climate change is real and is impacting our economy, food security and the environment.
    None of us can escape the consequences of rising temperatures and changing weather patterns. It is the poor and vulnerable citizens in developing countries who are most impacted by climate change.
    o GOOD will tackle climate change, uphold animal and environmental rights, help cities to implement emissions and waste reduction plans, ensure appropriate mitigation and adaptation measures and accelerate national emissions reductions including the move to
    cheaper, renewable energy sources.

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THE GOOD PLAN: #FIXSA


Fix Spatial Injustice


PROBLEM GOOD position Some of the GOOD things we will do:


ACCESS TO LAND OWNERSHIP PUBLIC LAND MUST BE USED FOR PUBLIC GOOD

The Expropriation without Compensation debate.
Section 25 Constitutional Amendment is not required:
• Government already expropriates land.
• Section 25 already allows for zero compensation
where appropriate.
• We will implement redress and speed up restitution.
Government and SOE’s are the custodians of thousands of
parcels of land on behalf of all South Africans.
• GOOD will use public land for public good – for
housing, redress and growth – not for profit.
• GOOD will implement a land audit in each city and
province to identify large public and private land
holdings, including those of SOE’s. Cities must have
more say in how vacant land is used. Large, underused
or unused land holdings must be part of the
solution.
• GOOD will finalise outstanding land restitution
cases within 5 years. Cases can be accelerated
using publicly owned land – all spheres of
government and SOEs included.
HOUSING
WHERE PEOPLE LIVE
MATTERS
Huge housing backlogs and delivery far from city centre.
• GOOD will accelerate formal housing delivery by
devolving functions to the metros.
• GOOD will stop the expansive, low-income housing
on the city outskirts. This is simply fuelling urban
sprawl and re-creating apartheid-era, dormitory
suburbs of poverty.
• GOOD will, instead, develop inclusive higher
density housing to infill within the urban fabric.
• GOOD will ensure that towns and cities bring
people closer to jobs and jobs closer to people.
HOW PEOPLE LIVE
MATTERS
Growing informal settlements, many do not qualify for free
BNG state housing:
• GOOD will ensure towns and cities provide services
to informal settlements.
• GOOD will provide title deeds to residents in
informal settlements so that they can have security
and invest in their own homes.
• GOOD will consult with informal settlement
communities about the best model for title deeds for
them.

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PUBLIC
TRANSPORT
PROVIDE PUBLIC
TRANSPORT THAT
BENEFITS THE PUBLIC.
Transport costs, including e-tolls, punish the poor – those
that were forced to live farthest away by apartheid
planning.
• GOOD will stop e-tolls.
• Our roads are congested because government
corruption and mismanagement has collapsed rail
services, our most important public transport system.
Safe, reliable trains will save commuters time and
money, reduce road congestion and improve our
economy because people will be able to get to work
more easily and on time.
• GOOD will fix rail transport. This is a priority.
• GOOD will allow metro governments to integrate
rail with local bus services for a one-system, oneticket
public transport network.
• GOOD will allow minibus taxis to be integrated and
be given contracts, like the scheduled bus operators,
as part of a single network public transport service.

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Fix Economic Injustice
PROBLEM GOOD position Some of the GOOD things we will do:
UNEMPLOYMENT
ATTRACT
INVESTMENT TO
CREATE JOBS
Unemployment is unacceptably high. Our economy must be
turned around within 2 to 3 years if we are to avert a complete
collapse.
• GOOD will create the conditions for investment so that
new businesses can create new jobs. We must:
• Stop corruption and cadre deployment;
• Build the infrastructure that businesses need;
• Provide policy certainty to investors and business
sectors;
• Support workers, businesses, towns and cities to
ensure growth.
• GOOD will focus industrial growth strategies on sectors
that produce jobs for semi-skilled and unskilled young
people who are currently unemployed.
POVERTY INVEST IN PEOPLE
In South Africa, the face of poverty is a black woman. Her
mother was poor, she is poor, and, unless we break this cycle,
her children will be poor too. Grants are investments in our
citizens, and they must be used to help break the intergenerational
cycle of poverty. Education is key to breaking the
poverty cycle.
• GOOD will ensure that all grant and pension increases
are at least inflation-related.
• GOOD will ensure Social Grants are provided by
government to alleviate extreme poverty.
• GOOD will ensure that children remain in school through
the use of social and child grants.
TAX & FINANCES
CUT GOVERNMENT
OPERATING COSTS
AND STOP
CORRUPTION.
Expenses climbing, income reducing and junk status looming.
• GOOD will make SOEs financially independent.
• GOOD will reduce all government operating costs by
eliminating unnecessary wasteful expenditure.
• GOOD will prosecute corrupt politicians, not send them
to parliament.
• GOOD will stop unaffordable energy expansion plans
and instead, bring more cheaper renewable energy into
the grid.

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Fix Social Injustice
PROBLEM GOOD position Some of the GOOD things we will do:
SAFETY AND
CRIME
VIOLENCE MUST BE
SOCIALISED OUT OF
OUR SOCIETY
Crime is unacceptably high in our society.
• GOOD will address the root causes of crime by
ensuring improved, professional policing works hand
in hand with effective social services and social
development.
BASIC
EDUCATION
EDUCATION IS THE
KEY TO PROSPERITY
Inadequate, unequal resources, and shortage of 20,000
qualified teachers.
• GOOD will reopen teacher training colleges. Unions
must help train their members.
• GOOD will promote e-learning to bring South African
children into the digital economy.
Education from early childhood to early adulthood must
encourage the talent and develop the skills that the market
needs now, and in the future.
• GOOD will ensure access to quality early-childhood
and basic education that prepares school leavers to
find a job, or enter further or higher education.
• GOOD will encourage a culture of sports in schools
again.
UNITY, REDRESS
AND RACISM WHEN WOMEN
RISE, THE NATION
RISES
At current rates, it will take more than 100 years to close the
gender pay gap.
• GOOD will fight for EQUAL PAY FOR EQUAL
WORK
Violent homes beget a violent society. 2 out of 3 women
killed in South Africa are killed by their partners.
• GOOD will educate boys and men to stop violence
against women in the home, and in society.
Education is key in helping girls and women escape the multigenerational
poverty cycle.
• GOOD will provide equitable access to education to
disadvantaged girls and women through the use of
incentivised social grants.

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UNITY,
TOLERANCE AND
EQUALITY
UNDO THE
STRUCTURAL
INEQUALITY IN OUR
SOCIETY, AND FIGHT
AGAINST RACISM
Race, Space and Gender continues to define the
opportunities for South Africans. Most South Africans are
GOOD, not racist and not intolerant.
• GOOD will not allow racists to speak for us.
• GOOD will dismantle the remnants of structural
inequality, racism and intolerance in our society using
the existing Chapter 9 institutions.
• GOOD will lead the way to a GOOD South Africa
where we all care for one another – united in our
diversity.
EQUITABLE ACCESS
TO AN INCLUSIVE
DATA AND DIGITAL
NETWORK
Access, connection and data costs exclude many people from
the internet and digital economy. South Africa must not be
left behind in the technology revolution.
• GOOD will accelerate fibre rollout and reduce data
costs.
• GOOD will give priority access to schools and lower
income neighbourhoods.
HEALTHCARE NO BARRIERS TO
BASIC HEALTHCARE
Primary health care focus is critical so that as many illnesses
and diseases are prevented as possible. This will alleviate
pressure on state hospitals so that specialist healthcare
services can focus more on emergencies and nonpreventative
diseases.
• GOOD supports the provision of quality basic
national health care.
• GOOD supports a national healthcare that can work
in conjunction with private heathcare.
• GOOD recognises the right of every South African to
procure additional health care provision over and
above the nationally provided health care.

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Fix Environmental Injustice
PROBLEM GOOD position Some of the GOOD things we will do:
RENEWABLE
ENERGY
ENERGY SHOULD BE
CHEAPER AND BETTER
FOR US
Rising electricity costs, ballooning Eskom dept.
• GOOD will split Eskom into generator and distributor
so that utilities can compete to provide South
Africans with power at competitive prices.
• GOOD will increase renewable energy into the grid.
• Wind and solar energy already offer
cheaper and lower emission electricity to the
country.
• GOOD will allow large metropolitan areas to
procure or generate their own power.
CLIMATE CHANGE:
MORE DROUGHTS
AND HEATWAVES
CITIES MUST LEAD THE
WAY AND REDUCE
IMPACTS
Cities cover 2% of the earth, but cause 70% of emissions.
• GOOD will implement and meet international
commitments to reduce emissions & ensure that local
governments in towns and cities lead the way in
reducing environmental impacts by:
• offering better public transport, more recycling
and more compact city planning;
• helping citizens reduce their individual impacts
through more efficient homes, more public transport
use and education on smarter, healthier diet choices.
WATER SECURITY
EQUITABLE SHARING
AND SUSTAINABLE
CATCHMENT
MANAGEMENT
Increasing droughts and heatwaves are placing water
security at risk.
• GOOD will protect key catchments, rivers and
wetlands by devolving decisions and management to
Catchment Management Agencies, bringing
governance closer to the people.
o GOOD will improve water security by
removing thirsty invasive alien vegetation,
thereby creating many rural jobs, increasing
water yields, and also improving our
environment

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