Do you want a world-class city as capital of South Africa, or do you want Pretoria?

With President Jacob Zuma suggesting that South Africa should have one capital city, Cape Town said the choice is clear.

By - February 14, 2016 Share on LinkedIn
Cape Town

President Jacob Zuma recently told Parliament in his State of the Nation Address that he wants to “urgently investigate” the practicality of having two capitals in South Africa.

Currently, Pretoria is the administrative capital, while Cape Town is the legislative capital.

It stands to reason that if South Africa adopted a single capital, it is likely to be one the existing capital cities.

“The choice is: do you want a world-class city for a capital, or do you want Pretoria?” president of the Cape Chamber of Commerce Janine Myburgh told the Sunday Times.

“It’s a no-brainer.”

Myburgh argued that Cape Town was the cleanest, safest, and best-run urban area in South Africa.

Cape Town mayor Patricia de Lille said that instead of jostling capitals, the government should rather save money by trimming the cabinet and being more efficient.

In his request to Parliament, Zuma said that members of the national executive had to have two cars and two houses – one in Cape Town and one in Pretoria.

There were also a number of officials who travelled back-and-forth between the cities.

Tim Harris, CEO of Cape Town’s trade and investment agency Wesgro, said that the cost of a new parliamentary precinct in Pretoria would dwarf the existing travel costs.

The full report is in the Sunday Times of 14 February 2016.

Zuma wants one capital city in South Africa

Zuma’s 21 principles for the new era of state-owned entities

Zuma wants one capital city in South Africa

South Africa’s economy is heading to zero

Radical South African Government shake-up: DA versus ANC

Share your thoughts

Join the conversation

Connect with Us

androidappletwitterfacebookgoogleplusfeednewsletter

Poll

Do you visit Facebook on a daily basis?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

The Superbook: Turn your smartphone into a laptop for $99

Superbook

The Superbook is a shell that turns your Android smartphone into a laptop.

R98-billion computer glitch on the JSE

Saving keyboard money

A computer glitch at the JSE has caused the bourse to hugely misrepresent foreign sellers of SA equities as net buyers of R98.10bn worth of local stocks from May to July 20.

2016 South Africa International Expo for Leisure, Tourism, Recreation & Modern Business

Fun and Biz Expo logo

On August 5-7 2016, the 2nd South Africa International Expo for Leisure, Tourism, Recreation & Modern Business and South Africa International Amusement & Attraction Expo will be held in Johannesburg.

How easy it is to hack your home’s gate remote

Gate remote pressed in a car

Many garage and gate remote systems are not very secure.

Free MyBroadband Newsletter
×