ANC regional chairperson in Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa. (Karabo Ngoepe, News24)
Pretoria - The ANC is working hard to solve some of the problems plaguing Hammanskraal, the ANC's regional chairperson in Tshwane Kgosientso Ramokgopa told residents on Wednesday.
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He said budgets had been approved for projects in the area.
"We are here to end your problems of unemployment. We want people to vote for the ANC because the party was formed to end people's struggles," he said.
"Our people in Hammanskraal don't have water. People get water from trucks and Jojo tanks. We want to ensure everyone had water in their yards. R550m has been set aside for that project to deliver water."
Ramokgopa, who is currently Tshwane mayor, was addressing members and supporters ahead of door-to-door visits in the area during which he would be accompanied by the ANC's mayoral candidate for the August 3 local government elections, Thoko Didiza.
"R850m has been set aside for RDP houses, sanitation and for roads in the area. We can't have progress without our people working. We started a business processing outsourcing centre - investing over R120m to ensure we can employ the youth," he said.
Cheers and applause
He added that R50m was set aside to fight nyaope use and addiction and to teach the youth how to work with their hands. He said they would also provide bursaries for the youth to ensure they get a chance to go to varsity.
"It's not that when you're in Hammanskraal you can't be a lawyer, nurse or pilot. We are going to produce them here," said Ramokgopa.
Didiza took to the podium to loud cheers and applause. She reaffirmed Ramokgopa's promises and said the party would not halt any of the projects.
"The services in Tshwane will continue. Whatever problems that the ANC was trying to address in Hammanskraal with the issue of water, roads will continue," she said.
Didiza said the challenges of unemployment would be addressed building on the work that was done by Ramokgopa and his team.
"It is important to understand for us when there is a change of guard, it's not a change of policy. It's just that Thoko today has been given a responsibility, it is Zodwa tomorrow and Samson the next day. What the ANC has said it will do to its people, it will continue to do," said Didiza.
Five people were killed when violent protests erupted in parts of Tshwane last week following the announcement of Didiza as the ANC's candidate for the city. Some residents wanted Ramokgopa to be the candidate.
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