I was flabbergasted to read that North West ranked just above Eastern Cape when a comparison was made about the best and worst regions to live in.
The research was conducted by the South African Institute of Race Relations.
When the anti-North West Forum was resisting their re-demarcation to the province they cited, among other things, retrogression and the poverty-stricken nature of the area. The SAIRR research states that the province has a small economy, which contributes only 6,4 percent to the GDP and an unemployment rate of more than 40percent.
In spite of the abundance of mineral deposits in the province, there is still no visible BEE, which contributes to the shrinking economy. Companies even struggle to get contracts from the mines to do menial projects such as cleaning .
Due to the limited financial inflow from the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the prospect of our economy growing is slim, meaning that we will remain poor. The incoming provincial executive committee of the ANC would be well advised to study the SAIRR report and adjust the Provincial Growth and Development Strategy to redress this anomaly.