Hopes for SOPA 2016
By Mpho Raphata
Let me start by saying as a citizen of the country and of the Gauteng province I’m encouraged by the leadership that is heading this province in particular. I mean under the leadership of Premier David Makhura we have seen a more hands on approach to government which makes people happy I guess. That, however does not mean all is a bed of roses, but that a lot of work needs to be done to uplift the lives of many people who live in squalor conditions in some of our informal settlements.
It also means that we need to consider the cries of the middle class who sometimes find themselves sharing services which they have to pay for, with people who are not willing to pay at all. Case in point Protea South Soweto, the informal settlement that has enveloped the area has devalued homes while people connect water and electricity illegally.
- I hope in this state of the province next week, the premier will shed light on the process of electricity provision to informal settlements in the province
- The provision of houses as well as tarred roads.
- Youth employment
- Health care services
- How to grow the province’s economy
- How to fight crime
- And plans to intensify the fight against corruption
I know that this state of the province will be inspiring, give hope and direct where we are headed over the next year.
I also hope that as citizens we will play our part in making things work in Gauteng…