Ahead of the 8 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: GOOD
The Good Party is former Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille’s latest political home after her public divorce from the DA. For the purposes of Good campaigning, De Lille is now officially the chummy “Aunty Pat”. Other high-profile party leaders include former DA councillor Brett Herron and singer Alistair Izobell. Good is opposed to amending the Constitution to allow land expropriation without compensation, but big on tackling spatial apartheid in South African cities. It is one of the only parties contesting the 2019 elections to make environmental issues, and climate change, a key policy pillar.
Politics as usual has failed our beautiful country. Now is a GOOD time to fix South Africa. Our GOOD leaders used their experience and expertise, together with NGOs, business and industry experts, and our GOOD community representatives from across South Africa to unite and work on a plan to fix our country’s critical challenges. The GOOD Plan to #FIXSA is based on proven solutions that will solve South Africa’s key problems.
For example, The GOOD Plan means:
- Applying the methods used by Colombian cities to address the root causes of crime that saw serious crime reducing by more than 80%;
- Using the hundreds of thousands of parcels of land owned by government and SOE’s to address housing and land shortages by using public land for public good;
- Giving title to residents of informal settlements so that, like many South America cities, we can eradicate informal settlements by allowing residents to invest in and upgrade their own homes while government provides services like electricity; roads, water and sewage.
- Growing our economy by creating the conditions conducive for investment, like GOOD leader Patricia de Lille did for Cape Town, where in 2018, 90% of all jobs in the Western Cape were created.
Many of the people involved in GOOD have worked in governance in the City of Cape Town. Their achievements speak volumes!
Under these leaders, City of Cape Town has become the benchmark city for all the metro cities in South Africa and a leading city globally.
It is this governance experience that we wish to bring to the rest of South Africa.
Patricia De Lille: Trade-unionist. Anti-apartheid fighter. Member of National Assembly (1994 – 2010), MEC for Social Development in the Western Government (2010 – 2011) and the longest-serving Mayor of Cape Town (2011 -2018). Under her leadership Cape Town was ranked no.1 city in the SA Government Performance Index, achieving more clean audits than any SA Metro or previous City of Cape Town Mayors.
Nthabiseng Lephoko: Entrepreneur – founder of Leratholethato Leather Products. Writer and journalist. Presenter and founder at IANATV (YouTube). Former member of the board of Groote Schuur Hospital.
Masego Kwenamera: Member of SA Institute of Chartered Accountants and Financial Management experience in private and public sectors.
Bongani Mdakane: Former journalist for the Sunday Times, City Press, The The Star, Sunday World and Sunday Sun. Current head of research for the Daily Theta on SABC 1.
Vivien Law: Farmer and social activist working in water and sanitation, education, mining and their social and labour plans, land reform, environment and youth. Writer. Career in financial services.
Brett Herron: Brett is a qualified Lawyer & former Mayco Member of Transport & Urban Development in the City of Cape Town. He is currently doing an Executive MSc in Cities at the London School of Economics. Brett believes in servant leadership and through GOOD will strive towards creating a better life for all the citizens of our country.
Shaun August: Shaun has served as a Ward Councillor and Chief Whip in the City of Cape Town. Community Development and seeing the lives improve for our citizens is at the heart of Shaun’s motivation of building a better South Africa for all.
Marius Gysman: Marius is a Marketing Manager from the Eastern Cape and has worked in local government and the banking sector for almost 10 years. He is passionate about the agri industry and wants to uplift this vital area of our economy.
Nhlanhla Mtshali: Lehlohonolo hails from Gauteng and was a former Councillor in Ekhuruleni. He is a passionate social activist who wants to see poverty and social injustice eradicated in our communities.
Mark Rountree: Mark is a Scientist, data-led decision maker and environmentalist with local and international experience in water resources, renewable energy and urban development
More about GOOD: https://www.forgood.org.za/good-team
This information is gathered from the IEC and the above party website or publicly available documents.
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