20 January 2019
STATEMENT BY PATRICIA DE LILLE, GOOD LEADER
On Friday 18 November 2019, and acting in terms of the constitution of GOOD, I convened and constituted our Interim National Leadership Committee (NLC). The Interim NLC will act as the movement’s decision-making body until after the 2019 elections when we will convene a congress and elect the movement’s leadership.
This NLC’s most important task, and focus, is to lead the movement to success in the elections. The NLC consists of 36 members with the power to co-opt additional members if and when required. These 36 members represent our country’s greatest asset – our rich and beautiful diversity – and I am proud to lead this movement with these talented and committed South Africans. Our NLC is fully representative of all nine provinces with at least 3 delegates from each province.
The next task is to establish interim Provincial Co-ordinating Committees in each province. In terms of our constitution we have allocated specific leadership roles and functions to members of the Interim NLC. These are:
LEADER: PATRICIA DE LILLE
NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON: NTHABISENG LEPHOKO
DEPUTY NATIONAL CHAIRPERSON: BONGANI MADIKANE
SECRETARY-GENERAL: BRETT HERRON
DEPUTY SECRETARY-GENERAL: LEHLOHONONO MTSHALI
NATIONAL TREASURER: MASEGO KWENAMERA
NATIONAL ORGANISER: SHAUN AUGUST
DEPUTY NATIONAL ORGANISER: VIVIEN LAVERGE
DEPUTY NATIONAL ORGANISER: MARIUS GYSMAN
POLICY OFFICER: MARK ROUNTREE
Today, our 36 member NLC of leaders both young and experienced, have come together to work for a GOOD future for our country.
These leaders are all GOOD South Africans who are eager to do GOOD for all our people. They have the right skills and experience to make sure GOOD becomes a dominant force in this year’s election.
Today the NLC hosted a policy conference which was attended by nearly 100 delegates from across the country. The delegates represented each of the nine provinces and included local leaders who will be part of the Provincial Coordinating Committees. When I announced the formation of GOOD I also announced our key values and a vision for South Africa. At the heart of this future vision is a South Africa that is spatially, socially, economically and environmentally just. Today we discussed GOOD policy positions under these four themes.
These positions will be formulated into a full policy document and published for every South African to read and consider. That detailed policy document will be made available by the end of this month. In the meantime I would like to share some of issues we discussed.
CITIES & TOWNS THE DRIVERS OF CHANGE:
The world and South Africa has changed significantly since 1994. Doing government as usual, through a system that apartheid put in place and governing parties have replicated, leaves our society to lagging behind the pace of our changing world. That is why GOOD is proposing to turn government on its head. In 2017, 65% of the South African population was urbanised and it is predicted that 80% of South Africans will live in urban areas by 2050.
Cities and towns are the pathways that South Africans will take to prosperity. No family will be unaffected by urbanisation. GOOD recognises that our country’s future lies in the development of its towns and cities. In our GOOD future, cities and towns must take the lead to create an environment that is sustainable and liveable, where people are safe and employed, with equitable access to services and opportunities. The following functions should be progressively devolved from national and provincial governments, where more direct accountability and local expert insight can be ensured:
Climate Change action
Inclusive economic growth strategies.
Devolving power to towns and cities will also bring government and elected representatives closer to the communities they serve. Local governments are directly accountable to those communities through the election of directly elected representatives. Our plan proposes to bring power as close to our people as possible. We discussed issues facing South Africans under our four policy themes and these include:
Access to Land:
Public land for public good
Constitutional Amendment Debate
Housing & Title Deeds
Formal Housing Delivery
Informal Settlements and title
Create confidence in government
Help people start their own businesses
Local economic growth strategies
Worker Representation on Company Boards
Corruption (put criminals in jail and not in parliament)
Cutting government operating costs
SAA and Eskom
Party Funding Transparency
Unity, non-racialism and non-sexism
“Colour-coding” of our nation
Safety and Crime
Role of linking policing and social services to address root causes of crime
Feminisation of Poverty
Gender bias and discrimination
Basic and Higher Education
Costs of Data
Role of government and towns and cities
Actions of people
Animal and environmental rights
I’m pleased to be able to say that GOOD is growing at an incredible pace with support across the country. We set out to build a political movement that would offer South Africans a viable alternative built on sound values and a deep commitment to a prosperous and equitable South Africa.
We recognised that South Africans have become fatigued by politics as usual and have lost faith in politicians. We cannot afford for South Africans to lose faith in our democracy.
Political power lies in the hands of every South African registered to vote. It should rest in the hands of the many and not the few who are elected to serve.
We call on GOOD people to put more value to their vote. The only way you can create a GOOD country is by voting out the current government and voting in a GOOD government.
GOOD people will serve and not expect to be served. We are committed to restoring South Africans’ confidence in their own political power.
Finally, I expect to share the movement’s 2019 election manifesto by the end of January 2019.