Makhura launches ‘Back to Basics’ in Diepsloot

The programme aims to strengthen service delivery & economic growth at municipal level.

FILE: Gauteng Premier David Makhurahas launched the department’s ‘Back to Basics’ campaign” in Diepsloot. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG -Gauteng Premier David Makhura has launched the Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Department's 'Back to Basics' campaign" in Diepsloot.

The programme aims to strengthen the local sphere of government, including improving service delivery and economic growth at municipal level.

Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Pravin Gordhan launched the programme nationally last September.

An immaculate white tent has been erected for today's launch, but it's set against the backdrop of endless shacks and poverty.

Diepsloot is a melting pot of different cultures and is usually the first place poor migrants go to when they come to South Africa.

Accompanied by Gordhan, the premier said Diepsloot was chosen for the 'Back to Basics' launch because the area is still in dire need of basic services such as housing, electricity and sanitation.

As the country heads for Local Government Elections, it's clear that the day's programme aims to reassure residents that government intends resolving problems in their community.

LAYING THE GROUNDWORK FOR CHANGE

Dressed in blue overalls, Makhura and his provincial cabinet said the 'Back to Basics' programme is about working and demonstrating that government is playing its part.

They are currently conducting a clean-up operation in Diepsloot to show they are serious about solving the area's immense problems.

Makhura says they will continue to conduct outreach programmes throughout Gauteng in the coming weeks.

He warned against local infighting once government tries to deliver services.

He also criticised what he says is the never ending construction of the Diepsloot police station.

Six years after building started, the station has still not opened despite the high crime rate in the area.