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Providing daily news in Lower Natal since 1835 and Federation wide since 1908- 1 Dollar - 5th of May 2021
The Federal Summit, taking place every year in the first week of May is in full swing, with all the State Premiers visiting the Capital District to meet with the State President, the right honourable Liam Savage, and the Chief Minister, the right honourable Brad Ross, and the rest of the cabinet. The summits have been organised on a yearly basis since 1908, when the Acts of the Union were signed and the Union of Natal came to be in its current, modern form, and act as a way to keep up the cooperation between the federal and state governments, so that there will be no legalistic or budgetary blockages in their developments and organisation and set up of new projects. Between 1970 and 1980, at the height of the Natalian Bush War, the Loda Chiefdom boycotted the Federal Summit as a response to what they saw as a lack of support from the central government in fighting the Rhinos, leaving only the Impi units in its defence, as much of the Union Defence Force was mobilised in the other states.
This year's Federal Summit is centred on the need to modernise and expand the nation's infrastructure, as many of the Premiers of the inland states are accusing the government in the past decades of investing in an unbalanced manner, centring much of the development on the coastal areas of Lower Natal, Upper Natal, Parow and to a lesser extent the Rozvi. Premier Dumile Gola of the Mbunda State has called for the development of motorways that connect the eastern fringes of the nation with the coast in a bid to aid the transportation and exchange of goods within the country and provide avenues for economic growth in the inland communities too.
The Summit also offers a premiere, as it brings to the table of discussion not only the development of the States, but for the first time, also campaigns to tackle corruption within the state apparatus, be it the central one based in Camp Hill, or the regional ones. This comes as part of the greater Anti-Corruption Campaign called by the Hippos, which have brought them considerable support from the electorate in the past voting rounds. To this end, Chief Minister Brad Ross has created the Federal Anti-Corruption Service, which will be tied with the Court of Cassation and Justice of Camp Hill and the Harton Tribunal and will concentrate in prosecuting acts of corruption within the government and administration.
"As always, the Union stands together and the Federal Summit is always the best image to show that the administrators of the nation are cooperating and working together for its betterment and for its development. There have been controversies and petty rivalries in the past, but we are past them and now are working together to see this nation shine again. The development of infrastructure will be put in the forefront in the next development cycle and we will also expand the anti-corruption campaign to the far fringes of the nation, so that the people can see that state clerks are there to serve and do their duty, not act as local satraps," stated Chief Minister Brad Ross.
SOLIDARITY WITH JOSEPANIA: Himyari Sun, Natal's biggest governmental aid organisation, will be offering support to the government of Josepania, sending a team of volunteer architects and workers, together with supplies for the building of cheap bur durable social housing. The team will be led by Unathi kaMnotho, the architect that led the systematisation process of the township of Pearl, transforming one of Harton's densest slums into an up and coming suburb.
PREPARATIONS FOR JACARANDA: The Ministry of Youth and Sports is hard at work together with the Ministry of Culture and the Rugby Union of Natal, for the preparation of the 2021 edition of the Jacaranda Cup, with team submissions opening very soon. The Malcolm Marx Stadium, owned by the Harton Oryxes has been fully refurbished in the past year and will be ready to return to action for the Cup.