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Maimane: Gauteng progress not enough

The DA’s Gauteng premier candidate says the SOPA didn’t tackle the province’s greatest problems.

FILE: The DA's Gauteng leader Mmusi Maimane on 13 January 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane's State of the Province Address (SOPA) was designed to win an election, Democratic Alliance (DA) premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said on Monday.

During her speech in the Gauteng Provincial Legislature, she focused education, health and transport issues while emphasising her claim that the province has become a better place to live in since the dawn of democracy.

Maimane says he's not convinced Mokonyane tackled all the challenges Gauteng is facing.

"No one can deny the fact that South Africa is a better place today than it was in 1994. Yet people in Gauteng are unemployed and ultimately, there are legitimate concerns about service delivery."

But Gauteng ANC's Nkenke Kekana says many people don't appreciate how far the province has come.

"Many of the improvements, the things that have happened in Gauteng, we take for granted today."

Kekana refers to growing suburbs and the roads, which he says shows the ruling party's success with service delivery in Gauteng.