My Thoughts Post SOPA – Mpho Raphata
By Mpho Raphata
A very promising State of the Province Address from Premier David Makhura yesterday, it left me as a citizen of the province encouraged and feeling hopeful that perhaps even in the current economic climate things are looking up. The premier kept true to his promise to bring this year’s SOPA to the Vaal, an area with a rich history that seems almost forgotten. Here we are talking about the Sharpville and Boipatong massacres for example.
The pillars of this SOPA were anchored on implementing the Gauteng Government’s programme of transformation, mordernisation and re- industrialisation. Much of the speech though centred on how to continue growing the economic hub of the country.
Through the Ntirhisano community outreach programme, people are not only able to interact with government, but are able to unlock bottlenecks in service delivery. In fact we learnt yesterday that the programme received independent acknowledgement from the Municipal IQ monitor, which reported that service delivery protests in Gauteng have decreased from 21 % to 15% in the past year.
The premier also highlighted that the province needs to continue to grow job opportunities saying that some 5 million people are employed in the province’s economy. As a province Gauteng accounts for 42% of the country’s employment.
Another focal point, for Makhura’s” TEAM GAUTENG “is to grow the township economy , where he and called on all of us to support businesses that are born and bred from townships.
The Gauteng province will in this fiscal at municipal level especially, continue to improve our public transport system, with Re Ya Vaya, in Johannesburg, Ha re yeng in Tshwane as well as Harambe that will be introduced in Ekurhuleni. The Gautrain will add 48 new trains to its fleet while the taxi industry will be incorporated into an efficient public transport system.
Speaking on eTolls, Makhura said people are only concerned about affordability, not general civil disobedience, there I beg to differ Premier…
Road infrastructure will also be improved, to meet the demands of the 200 – thousand people who come into the province every year.
Housing delivery still remains a challenge , but with no doubt that newly appointed MEC Paul Mashatile is fit to handle.
In this fiscal, more money will be invested in the education system especially to build more smart classrooms and provide quality education.
Makhura will clamp down on corruption and non- performing departments and accelerate service delivery in all aspects of his administration – particular mention was made of the Health department and the G-Fleet entity
I have no doubt that with the team he has assembled to serve the people of Gauteng all the goals he has set will be achieved.
Like he said yesterday, a promise they make, is a promise they will honour…
We as active citizens will keep them accountable…