Cut corruption and create jobs

2014-04-07 10:00

There are two certainties about the 2014 elections in Gauteng.

Firstly, we are on the verge of making history as polls show there is a real possibility of change in our economic heartland.

Secondly, the DA is the only party contesting the province that has an unsurpassed track record in government at provincial level.

Consider this:

.?While South Africa shed 122?000 jobs under Jacob Zuma’s ANC, the number of unemployed shrank by 48?000 in the Western Cape.

.?In our first year in government, all 13 Western Cape departments achieved clean audits.

.?The Western Cape has the most access to water (99.1%), flush toilets (90.5%) and electricity (93.4%).

.?At least 76% of the Western Cape budget is spent in poor communities.

I am running for Gauteng premier with the aim of creating jobs and cutting corruption.

Our manifesto has a policy set that includes advancements in empowerment, education, health, governance and delivery.

From this policy set, there are four key platforms that I want to expand on.

The first is that entrepreneurs must lead job creation in Gauteng.

The problem with the current system is that it disempowers entrepreneurs.

The government today does not believe that the private sector can be at the forefront of change.

Our vision is to put out a call for the best business ideas in Gauteng and then rent out government buildings to the most innovative start-ups for just R1 a year.

The second platform is clean government.

We know that corruption kills job creation. R6?billion is lost every year in Gauteng to corruption.

We will open tender committees to the public so that decisions are transparent.

The third platform is that we must fight e-tolls.

Our case against the constitutionality of the e-tolling bill is headed for court.

However, the fight against e-tolling must continue not just in the courts, but at the ballot box.

The fourth platform is urban land reform.

You cannot talk about land ­ reform in Gauteng without realising that we live in a province that is more than 90% urban.

People want title deeds for their state-subsidised houses and our mantra will be “Title deeds for all”.

People must own the land they live on, otherwise we will never deal with apartheid’s sin of depriving black South Africans of property.

Everyone committed to change in Gauteng needs to go to the polls and vote for change on election day. If ever there was an opportunity for honest, hard-working South Africans to make a difference, this is it.

We must not waste it.

Maimane is the DA’s Gauteng premier candidate

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