‘Services are essential for all investors’

2016-05-04 06:00

THE sustainability of municipalities and the ability to create environmentally attractive opportunities to investors, have been identified by the DA Mangaung Metro mayoral candidate, James Letuka, as one of the fundamentals for a growing economy.

Letuka was speaking at one of the abandoned factories at the Botshabelo Industrial Area on Monday (02/05), marking Worker’s Day. He visited one of the abandoned factories that used to manufacture footwear.

Letuka said the firm had closed down at the height of its operation, leaving hundreds of workers with important skills such as marketing, logistics and sales, jobless.

Letuka’s visit forms part of his 50 Wards in 50 Days pre-local government election campaign in Mangaung.

In this campaign, Letuka interacts with masses at grassroot level about their needs and suggestions for a DA-led metro to consider and implement ahead of the local government elections on 3 August.

He continues to criss-cross Mangaung, visiting areas of significance. The pre-local election campaign saw him also mark Freedom Day on 27 April, by delivering a speech at the Poelanong Monument opposite the City Hall and the Bram Fischer Building in Bloemfontein.

“We cannot grow an economy if our municipalities cannot deliver services and cannot create an environment that is attractive to investment,” said Letuka. He said the 27,7% unemployment in Mangaung, proportional to the same level as the national unemployment rate, was due to the Managaung Metro’s failure to create an environment that was attractive for investors.

“More than 140 000 people in Mangaung are jobless. There are more than 140 factories in Bothsabelo. Many of these are abandoned and left to ruin. These abandoned factories serve as evidence of the biggest problem we face not only in Mangaung, but in South Africa, which is unemployment and a stagnant and negative economic growth,” said Letuka.

Letuka said taking serious action against corruption would go a long way in addressing the ongoing unemployment level across South Africa.

“Talking about corruption just does not work. This country needs action for progress and to change people’s lives for the better; not talk shows about corruption and unaccountability,” said Letuka.

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