'Services, healthcare & education are priorities'

David Makhura was elected unopposed as Gauteng's premier at the swearing in of MPs on Wednesday.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura addresses the provincial legislature after being elected to head the province in Johannesburg on 21 May 2014. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura says the provision of services, healthcare and education will be the first issues his new council will deal with.

The former ANC provincial secretary was elected unopposed as Gauteng's premier at the swearing in of MPs in Johannesburg on Wednesday.

Although Makhura will only be outlining his council's detailed plans for the province at the legislature's opening next month he says health and education are key to make Gauteng a world-class province.

"We will also ensure that the people of Gauteng have access to quality healthcare and the best education system in our country because we need to produce a healthy skilled nation that will ensure that our province is indeed globally competitive."

Gauteng was the most hotly contested province during the 7 May polls with the African National Congress (ANC) receiving just over 53 percent of the vote.

The province's new premier has the tough task of trying to regain the ANC's 10 percent loss in support.