Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997/Chapter 10

Constitution of the Western Cape, 1997
enacted by the Western Cape Provincial Parliament
Chapter 10: Directive Principles of Provincial Policy
Chapter 10

Directive Principles of Provincial Policy


The Western Cape government must adopt and implement policies to actively promote and maintain the welfare of the people of the Western Cape, including policies aimed at achieving the following:


safety and security


the promotion of non-racialism in the Western Cape;


the protection or advancement of persons, or categories of persons, disadvantaged by unfair discrimination;


the promotion of respect for the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities in the Western Cape;


the creation of job opportunities;


the promotion of a work ethic;


the promotion of a market-oriented economy;


realising the right of access to—


adequate housing;


health care services;


sufficient food and water; and


social security, including appropriate social assistance for people who are unable to support themselves and their dependants;


an environment in which all children—


are given opportunities and facilities to develop in a healthy manner and in conditions of freedom and dignity;


are protected against exploitation, neglect, abuse and abandonment; and


receive basic education under a system of their parents’ choice;


the development of rural communities and the promotion of the welfare of rural workers;


a system of taxation which is fair, transparent and accommodates the capacity of people to pay;


an environment in which all frail and elderly persons—


have access to family care or appropriate alternative care when removed from the family environment;


are given basic nutrition, shelter, basic health care services, and social services; and


are protected from maltreatment, neglect, abuse, degradation or involuntary seclusion;


the protection of the environment in the Western Cape, including its unique fauna and flora, for the benefit of present and future generations; and


the protection and conservation of the natural historical, cultural historical, archaeological and architectural heritage of the Western Cape for the benefit of the present and future generations;


the promotional development and enhancement of the youth.

Status of directive principles of provincial policy


The directive principles of provincial policy contained in this Chapter are not legally enforceable, but guide the Western Cape government in making and applying laws.