Article written and sponsored by MATLA
MATLA is a proposed economic development movement for Africans that will be established with the sole purpose of advancing the African Community Re-investment Act (“ACRA”).The plan is to build alliances with organisations that are pro-localisation of economic development activities. Initially, the alliances will consist of people and organisations that are pro-ANC policies; the focus being business organisations and local economic development forums that will play a critical role in developing the economic development plans of each community and mobilise resources from affected institutions. The ultimate objective is not to be a political organisation but to advance the economic interest of Africans and South Africa. However, to successfully push for ACRA, the movement is planning to contest two national elections and one local election.
The planned movement will contest the 2019 election as an independent; however, it will endorse ANC candidates. As an Independent ANC alliance, MATLA believes that is will be able to hold ANC accountable to implement its own policies. MATLA will contest the 2019 election with CR19 as its presidential candidate and will support all his ANC appointees. His mandate will be to implementation ANC policies. The challenges that the country is facing is not because of inadequacy of ANC’s policies, but the implementation of those policies. The reason for the formation of MATLA is to group frustrated ANC policies sympathisers into a block that will be able to influence the ANC independently. The aim is not to change ANC’s policies in the next 10 years except for the proposed African Community Reinvestment Act (“ACRA”).
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The current ANC policies are appropriate but there is a need to keep them evolving and updated as the world around us is changing. Additionally, the current form of government will not achieve long term success for South Africa. The current system allows a significant portion of supreme control over the government to be decided by a collective of people with different interest as opposed to individual communities deciding on their appropriate economic policies that will best serve their community’s interest. It is counter intuitive for community economic development activities to be decided by people not from the community. Different communities have different economic interest, and this leads to misaligned distribution of investment for different communities.
MATLA’s main proposal is that economic development investment decisions must be localised. Central government tends to favour provinces/communities that are perceived to have political influence (and are already economically developed), at the expense of equal community economic development for all South Africans.
MATLA will be established to promote and develop distributism economic ideology, where property ownership is a fundamental right of every South African and to disperse economic power to individual communities… where means of production are to be spread as widely as possible rather than being centralised under the control of the state, few individuals and corporations. The current government system is flawed and exploitative.
The proposed system seeks to subordinate political activities to economic activity and human life as a whole. The system will eliminate the current wasteful government pyramid that is not serving local communities. It makes it difficult for communities to implement its own localised economic policies. MATLA will eliminate replica departments at national government, provincial government, district municipality and local municipal level. The traditional council will play a leading role in replacing the current system of councillors considering the administration costs incurred through duplication of functions are wasteful and also encourage corruption.
There is no reason why a department based in Pretoria should decide the developmental needs of communities that they have never seen. How will the minister know the needs of communities they do not know?
The needs of local communities get lost in translation from local community, to local municipality, to district municipality, to provincial and to national department and only then to parliament. Local communities must decide on their own developmental needs and central government must focus on availing resources to facilitate those developments.
MATLA favours the dissolution of the current banking and investment system that is discriminatory and excludes the people it is supposed to serve. The current system continues to make Africans economic slaves. The first proposal under the proposed system is ACRA. The proposed Act will be issued for public comments in due course and will be the manifesto of the movement. The focus of ACRA is:
Affected institutions are comfortable making investments in already developed areas and only providing donations and charity to underdeveloped areas.
The current system is continuing to deprive Africans of their rights to dignity and pride in earning a living, and perpetuates the mentality of charity, dependency and entitlement (free this free that). MATLA will focus on fighting institutional racism when it comes to investments in Africans and African communities. The current government policies encourage economic racism and exclusion of ordinary South Africans. The system is so well designed, that it is promoted by blacks, to blacks.