Zille to deliver State of the Province Address

The pressure is on for WC premier Helen Zille as she delivers her State of the Province Address today. Niki McQueen via www.da.org.za
CAPE TOWN - Western Cape Premier Helen Zille is expected to focus heavily on issues of healthcare and education when she delivers her State of the Province Address. 

The premier is expected to deliver her speech in the provincial legislature at 11:30 on Friday morning.

Her office said on Thursday under the Democratic Alliance (DA)’s watch, the province has seen a reduction in the number of under-performing schools and an improvement in healthcare.

Zille’s spokesperson Zak Mbhele said, “There’s a very strong focus on creating and enabling environments for growth, investments and jobs. There’s also work being done to address social ills through programmes.” 

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it wants her to deal with inequality and the racial divide in the Western Cape.

Cosatu's Tony Ehrenreich said Zille should announce measures to improve the lives of poor communities.

“On the question of farming we want to see the premier and the Agriculture MEC say we have to improve circumstances on farms. We also have to make sure public transport is rolled out to all areas and not prioritised in Melkbosstrand and Milnerton.”

Meanwhile, the Cape Chamber of Commerce and Industry said it wants to hear how the premier intends developing the province's economy.

The Chamber's Fred Jacobs said, “We want to hear more plans about her developing the economy of the Western Cape. I think that should be the focus.”

(Edited by Tamsin Wort)