Cape Town - The Western Cape has "the best story to
tell", premier Helen Zille said during her state of the province address
Addressing the provincial legislature in Cape Town, she said
progress had been made over the past five years in realising the vision of an
open opportunity society for all.
"I believe that this is the Western Cape story. And it
really is the good story to tell," she said to jeers from the opposition
"We have the best story to tell."
An opposition member shouted "That's plagiarism",
in reference to the African National Congress's election phrase "We have a
good story to tell".
Zille said the story included a commitment to get rid of
corruption that was "rife" in the provincial government in 2009.
Most importantly, the story was about expanding
opportunities to the poorest citizens.
Zille's speech focused on the successes of government in the
past five years, mirroring President Jacob Zuma's approach with his State of the
Nation address last week.
She said the province had prioritised support to small and
medium enterprises (SMEs), which was a vehicle for job creation and economic
"Our various support interventions have facilitated and
sustained around 11 400 jobs as a result of the establishment and expansion of
around 3 000 SMEs over the last three years."
Zille said nearly R1.7bn had been spent on skills
development programmes in the past five years and training had been provided to
98 327 people.
ANC MPL Khaya Magaxa heckled that he was still waiting for a
good story to be told.
"You wouldn't know a good story if you fell over
one," Zille responded.