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Title:National Party and State Perspectives on Regionalism
Author:Humphries, Richard
Year:1992
Periodical:Africa Insight
Volume:22
Issue:1
Pages:57-65
Language:English
Geographic term:South Africa
Subjects:local government reform
Politics and Government
Abstract:The ruling National Party of South Africa recently (1991) released a set of policy proposals which, among other things, propose that the nine development regions be used as a basis upon which to construct a new set of strong second-tier governments in South Africa. These proposed regional governments would cut across or override the boundaries of the present provincial administrations, the self-governing homelands and the TBVC States (Transkei, Bophuthatswana, Venda and Ciskei). This article examines the views on these proposals of a number of State actors, viz. the four provincial administrations, the Department of Finance, the recently established Department of Regional Matters and Land Affairs, the regional development advisory committees, and the regional services councils. It shows that there is a firm consensus within the State that the nine development regions could be used as a 'point of departure' for planning a restructured second tier of government. However, the qualifying phrase of 'point of departure' has already prompted a wide range of State actors, including homeland and TBVC interests, to suggest varying, often competing, alterations to the established boundaries. Notes, ref.
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