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Makhura sets his sights high for Gauteng as economic hub

The premier said he plans to have regular meetings with all sectors to strengthen relationships & govt.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhura. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Gauteng Premier David Makhura has shared government's plans on infrastructure development and investment with private business, admitting that help is needed to ensure that projects succeed.

The premier said he plans to have regular meetings with all sectors to strengthen relationships with government.

He was speaking during a meeting with private business in Bryanston this morning.

He stressed the importance of having a strong relationship with businesses saying this will improve the province and the country's economy.

Makhura has tasked economic development MEC Lebogang Maile with spearheading these meetings.

The premier said the provincial government will consolidate municipalities to cut the red tape in business because there are too many people to report to when trying to invest or start a business.

He also encouraged businesses in property and infrastructure development to work closely with government

Makhura said he would like to see Gauteng become one of the biggest economies in Africa by 2019.

At the same time, Makhura now received the provincial e-tolls assessment panel's report on the impact of the e-tolling on Gauteng motorists.

Four months ago, Makhura established the panel with the aim to determine the socio-economic impact of the project and release recommendations.

The panel received input from the public, labour, business and political parties, the majority of them opposing the system.

Makhura said they will only release the findings of the report after it has been discussed with local and national government and made its own determinations.

Meanwhile, it's still unclear whether Transport Minister Dipuo Peters will even consider the report.

Shortly after the panel was established, Peters told Parliament the user pay principle is a national policy, which will remain in place, irrespective of what the provincial government has to say on the matter.

The controversial system went live on 3 December last year despite public outcry.