Deputy Chairperson, I must confess my dilemma as to whether this is a follow-up question or a comment based on what the President has said. President, you have been very consistent on and passionate about co-operation and intergovernmental relations, which in the main characterise the mandate of the NCOP. There is one specific issue I would like to raise regarding co-operation and the strengthening of the principle of intergovernmental relations.
Going forward, how do we ensure that we avoid a situation in which national departments bypass our provinces and municipalities and, with good intentions, launch projects in those particular areas? Once the project is launched, the municipalities and provinces are left with the burden of ensuring that the project becomes a success. When we were traversing the provinces and municipalities to do our oversight work, this was one of the major issues that we encountered, not only in my province of the Northern Cape but throughout the country.