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Power shift in metros won't affect govt support - Radebe

Jeff Radebe says government’s development plan remains unchanged irrespective of which party governs locally.

FILE: Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe. Picture: Reinart Toerien/EWN.

PRETORIA - Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe says the shift in power to opposition parties in some major metros will not affect the national government's delivery of support and services to those areas.

The African National Congress ( ANC) lost outright majorities in several of the country's major metros including Tshwane and Nelson Mandela Bay where the Democratic Alliance (DA) has been elected to government.

This morning Radebe provided a briefing on the four-day cabinet lekgotla which was held last week.

The minister says government's national development plan goals remains unchanged irrespective of which party governs at a local level.

"We are still going to be supporting all spheres of government even in metros that are not governed by the governing party. It's not about the votes but about changing the lives of our people."

He says government plans to spend more in municipalities.

"An action plan to ensure greater expenditure in municipal infrastructure maintenance and to enforce proper asset management will be developed and implemented."

Radebe says Cabinet focused on six areas in order to boost economic growth.

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