Ahead of the 7 May National Elections you would do well to acquaint yourself with the Political Parties registered on the National level for the elections.
Today we introduce you to: Agang South Africa – Agang SA
IEC Status: Registered
Contact person: ANDREW GASNOLAR
Telephone: 021 4121530
Fax: 011 7185042
Postal address: 9TH FLOOR, BRAAMFONTEIN CENTRE, 23 JORISSEN STREET, BRAAMFONTEIN, 2000
The formulation and implementation of effective and impactful policies is fundamental to addressing South Africa’s complex economic, socio-economic and political challenges, and necessary to provide a platform from which to build the country of our dreams. Mindful of this, Agang has developed a comprehensive set of draft policy proposals in five key policy areas: the economy, public service, education, health, and safety and security.
The draft proposals listed for each of the key policy areas are the product of extensive consultations with members of the public, interested stakeholders and experts in areas central to our policy priorities. In the coming months, we will refine these policy proposals through further engagement with members of the public (particularly young South Africans) and consultations with experts, specialist groups and specific constituencies. Once the input from these engagements and consultations has been incorporated, our final policy positions will be published in November 2013 as a core component of Agang’s Election Manifesto.
South Africa is lagging behind. Twenty years of poor economic leadership has led to middling growth and insufficient job creation meaning we are not delivering the promise of freedom to our citizens.
Economically, we are at a crossroads and if we don’t change course now, we risk robbing South Africa of its full potential and robbing every man, woman and child of their rightful future.
We need to build an economy that works for all South Africans, not just the previously advantaged, the powerful or the well-connected. We need to restore the promise of South Africa we all felt after apartheid to encourage a spirit of growth and opportunity that will fuel our economy.
To boost our economy and job creation, we must make decisions based on what’s best for the next generation and the future of South Africa, not short-term political gain.
- South Africa’s 25.2% unemployment rate is an outrage. Worse, more than half of South Africa’s youth are unemployed and at risk of being doomed to a life of dependency on the state.
- The collective bargaining system in South Africa is in crisis. While employers and trade unions continue to point fingers at one another, there is no sign of leadership from government nor any credible legislative or policy initiative to improve the situation.
- South Africa faces crippling skills shortages and our citizens aren’t being trained to do the jobs our industries need: there are hundreds of thousands of job openings requiring highly skilled workers across South Africa that we could fill with a trained workforce.
- Decaying infrastructure is hurting economic growth. Our infrastructure is R1.5 trillion behind where it should be.
- High barriers to entry are keeping South Africans from getting ahead by establishing their own businesses. Proportionally, about half as many South Africans start their own businesses as people in comparable economies like China and Brazil.
- The way BEE has been applied has failed in its primary purpose of transforming the economy but has created high compliance costs and only enriched a tiny politically connected elite.
Our country is at a crossroads: the government’s mismanagement of our education system is robbing our youth of their rightful future as well as handicapping the prospects of our country.
Central to our struggle was that all South Africans have a right to a quality education to lift them from poverty and undo the injustices of the past. We must make good on that core principle of the struggle.
We need to rapidly and dramatically change course. The problems in our education system are clear. What we need is a government with the will and urgency to tackle them.
- Our schools are failing our children on a massive scale.
- 745,000 (66%) of students who enrolled in grade 1 in 2001 did not pass matric in 2012.
- Today’s grade 6 learners average only 43% in Literacy tests and 27% in Numeracy tests.
- Only 10% of 2012’s ‘born free’ cohort were eligible for studies at tertiary level.
- In 20 years the government has not adequately addressed the biggest issue: poor teacher quality and training. Just 38% of grade 6 maths teachers could answer questions from a grade 6 test.
- Corruption and mismanagement mean after 20 years we do not have proper learning environments:
- 400 mud schools continue to exist.
- Schools still lack basic infrastructure: 14% of schools do not have electricity, 20% have no or unreliable water facilities, nearly half have only pit latrines (4% have no toilet facilities).
- Few schools have advanced learning infrastructure: 79% do not have libraries.
- We have a second-class system that accepts second-rate results. 30% or 40% is not a pass. No one wants a nurse, teacher or plumber who only knows 40% of the requirements in their field.
Years of mismanagement have created a healthcare system that is failing our citizens. Health outcomes are dismal and in many cases have gotten worse, human resources are in insufficient and clinics and hospitals cannot even count on basic supplies and infrastructure being available.
Yet while most South Africans are suffering, our politicians do not. They and their families use the world class private sector system that more than 80% of South Africans can only dream of accessing. Furthermore, being accountable but lacking the authority or facilities to improve health outcomes for patients only serves to demoralize public health care workers in the country.
Our two tier healthcare system is a betrayal of our values. Every South African has a right to quality healthcare irrespective of where they live, their employment status or level of income. Universal access to healthcare is the only sustainable and just way to provide health care in South Africa.
We must make urgent changes to put our healthcare system on track.
- Unacceptable outcomes: In the past 20 years, life expectancy has decreased; HIV sky rocketed and was slow to be addressed; in many other areas like TB, infant and maternal mortality, our outcomes are more like the poorest countries than our middle income peers. We spend more on health than any other middle income country as a percentage of GDP, yet consistently record inferior health outcomes. It is clear that the system has to change.
- Two systems: we have a healthcare system for the rich and a healthcare system for the poor with very different levels of quality and service.
- The public sector system is in critical condition: it is starved of health professionals; the district health and primary care system does not work; hospitals are mismanaged; patients and staff can’t count on drugs and supplies to be available; and patients suffer long waits and poor service. Poor management, corruption of tender processes, poor coordination of care, lack of accountability and lack of authority to improve things locally are all to blame for the dismal performance of the public health system.
- The private sector is at risk: it provides exceptional quality and service but costs are increasing uncontrollably and its outstanding skills and practices are only benefiting a select few.
Our country is at a crossroads: corruption is rampant, accountability is non-existent and ordinary South Africans are being robbed of their future because of it. South Africans have a right to know what kind of business dealings are taking place between government officials, their families and the government whose job it is to serve us. To ensure accountability, we will guarantee transparency and openness on any and all financial dealings of officials, elected and appointed.
We must, and we will, have a government where there is zero tolerance for corrupt, unethical officials who abuse and violate the public trust. We cannot afford corrupt officials enriching themselves when millions of South Africans can’t find good jobs or don’t have decent homes and millions of children go without school books.
- Corruption is rampant: Only 22% of government institutions received clean audits in 2012.
- Public services are being stolen: R33 billion was misspent through unauthorised, irregular and wasteful expenditure in the 2011/12 financial year. This is enough money to solve most of the shortages facing our public services. With R33 billion we could fund annual salaries for 15 000 teachers, 15 000 doctors, 45 000 nurses and build a fully stocked and staffed library in 20 000 schools.
- Government officials are using their influence to get government contracts that line their pockets and enrich their families: Each year government officials secure hundreds of millions for themselves and their families, paid for by ordinary South Africans.
- There is no accountability: Government officials that have been found guilty of corruption are allowed to hold office in a different capacity.
Safety and Security
Our country is at a crossroads: we are crippled by rampant crime. Citizens live in fear, many flee the country. The costs of crime make business more expensive or drive it away entirely.
South Africans have a right to safe and secure living environments where we can walk the streets without fear and businesses can flourish. And they have a right to leaders who defend that right, not ones that allow corruption, incompetence or brutality to flourish.
We must and we will have a justice system that works. A professional, respected police service must protect citizens and criminals must know they will be caught and punished.
- South Africa has one of the highest violent crime rates in the world: We do not feel safe and secure in our own homes fearing murder, house robberies and rape. And our global reputation is of violence deterring job creation from business investment and tourism.
- Despite one of the world’s highest crime rates, government hasn’t invested enough in our police: our police face massive shortages of equipment and specialized skills (e.g., weapons, vehicles, radios, detectives, labs, etc.) and receive insufficient training
- The government’s response is force: the police have been re-militarised and told to ‘shoot to kill.’ There were 932 deaths in police custody in 2011 and 2012 – reminiscent of our apartheid past.
- Criminals aren’t afraid: under-resourced and under-trained police equals insufficient investigative capacity, lost or mismanaged evidence and ultimately few convictions.
Agang SA Foreign Policy
A number of international political and economic factors have shaped the contemporary world order in recent years and engendered growing global uncertainty. The current volatile and dynamic global context has important ramifications for South Africa’s foreign policy.
Regrettably, as the global context becomes increasingly complex, South African foreign policy has failed to keep pace with the dynamic and rapidly evolving international environment. South Africa has lost much of the conceptual clarity, diplomatic finesse and self-assurance that used to be hallmarks of our foreign policy.
There is an urgent need to restore our country’s standing in the global arena. We need to recast out foreign policy to restore our country’s battered international image and to ensure that we meet 21st century global political, economic, security and diplomatic challenges.
- Foreign policy under the ANC government has been characterised by a moral decline. Our country has lost the moral authority and international respect it enjoyed when it became a democracy. Our global standing has also been diminished by the surrender of our country’s national sovereignty to appease foreign powers such as China.
- South Africa’s foreign policy makers have failed to consistently align our policies with the human rights principles of our Constitution. Our foreign policy has failed to articulate a clear approach that is aligned to South Africa’s normative values, her developmental role, and her commercial interests.
- The ANC government’s foreign policy thinking and pronouncements have been dominated by radical views and populist rhetoric rather than real substance.
- The ANC government’s foreign policy approach has remained static and failed to keep pace with the dynamic and rapidly evolving international environment.
- The ANC government’s foreign policy White Paper provides little evidence of any fundamental shift in South Africa’s foreign policy thinking. It does not provide any indication of the government’s thinking in terms of how foreign policy will be positioned to advance domestic socio-economic and developmental needs.
- South Africa’s diplomatic service has become another vehicle for extending patronage and a dumping ground for failed politicians. As a result, career diplomats have been marginalised (more than 60% of the country’s diplomatic missions are headed by politicians or people who are not career diplomats).
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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