Cape Town - President Jacob Zuma has called for Parliament to look at South Africa's capitals, advising that it is not practical for the country to maintain two capital cities in his 2016 State of the Nation Address.
South Africa is one of a few countries worldwide that has not one but three capitals: Cape Town, in the Western Cape, is the legislative capital and is where the country's Parliament is found. Bloemfontein, in the Free State, is the judicial capital, and home to the Supreme Court of Appeal. Pretoria, in Gauteng, is the administrative capital, and the ultimate capital of the country. It is home to the Union Buildings and a large proportion of the public service.
President Zuma said having two capitals on opposite sides of the country meant that the State not only needed to maintain the two, but that MPs also needed to have two houses and two cars in order to do their duties - as an "unnecessary cost".
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In an ENCA interview live from Parliament the leader of the Freedom Front+ Pieter Mulder said any opportunity to cut government spending was good, although the move to have one parliament was suggested, and should have been done, in 1994 already and that if it does happen it will be an "expensive exercise that could take as long as 10 years".
"We lose five to six hours of work travelling to Cape Town, we will support the move to of having these capitals come together as it will not only save time but also money," said Reverend Kenneth Moshoe of the ACDAP
Added to the issue of one capital, Zuma said the issue of immigration rules needed attention, saying draft migration legislation would be presented to cabinet in 2016, also saying that while "employers must prioritise local workers, immigration rules must make it possible to implement scarce skills" within the country.
While connectivity has been increased across Aviation hubs such as OR Tambo International in Johannesburg and King Shaka International in Durban, a good place to start would be to improve the more affordable rail travel, with facilities and safety needing to be addressed.
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