Makhura: Democracy alive in SA but more must be done with the economy
Gauteng Premier David Makhura said there was no doubt that democracy was alive in South Africa but the economy must still ensure that no one went to bed hungry.
JOHANNESBURG – Gauteng Premier David Makhura said that companies in the province had created 45,000 jobs in the country and continent.
Makhura is delivering his State of the Province Address at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus.
Former Gauteng premiers Mbhazima Shilowa and Mathole Motsekga and National Assembly Deputy Speaker Lechesa Tsenodi are among guests in attendance.
The premier said there was no doubt that democracy was alive in South Africa but the economy must still ensure that no one went to bed hungry.
Makhura has given his MECs 100 days to deliver concrete plans to create jobs, deliver services including housing and water and to turn the province into the Silicon Valley of Africa.
He says the province must procure 30% of services from small and medium enterprises and pay them within 15 days but first, the province must enact a law to make starting businesses easy.
“And this plan will be finalised in the first 100 days of this administration, which means by the end of August after thorough consultation with our population.”
ALEXANDRA TO BENEFIT FROM LAND RELEASE PROGRAMME
Alexandra is among five Gauteng regions that will get 100,000 serviced sites in the next five years as part of government’s land release programme following pleas by residents who say they want to build their own houses.
Makhura said it’s a myth that South Africans want to be given everything.
He has given Human Settlements MEC Lebogang Maile 100 days to deliver the plan with timelines and to identify land to be allocated.
“To achieve the goal of allocating 100,000 service stands to people in the different parts of our province over the next five years. This is the goal I’m setting for my administration. We don’t want to allocate land without the serviced sites because that’s going to lead to informal settlements,” he said.