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Gauteng has fulfilled mandate - premier

2012-06-15 20:17

Johannesburg - Gauteng has fulfilled its mandate of building a more prosperous society, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane said on Friday.

"The three years in office have been used dutifully to fulfil the mandate given to us by the people of Gauteng," she said in the provincial legislature on Gauteng's political report on progress since 2009.

Gauteng had been tasked in the last elections to build a more prosperous and inclusive society, she said. But the impact of the global recession on growth rates, employment levels, private investment and trade could hinder the government's objectives.

The decline in public revenue, inadequate customer responsiveness, and growing concern over accountability, performance, and service delivery levels also presented obstacles.

Poor financial control was a matter of concern when she took office.

Previously, policy and strategy had been prioritised over pragmatic implementation. In addition, her administration had to contend with severe budgetary constraints and make hard choices.

The province had sought to achieve several outcomes.

These included the creation of decent work and economic growth, the promotion of education and skills development, and better health for all.

It had sought to stimulate rural development and food security, fight crime and corruption, build cohesive communities and strengthen good governance.

Over the past three years, the province had had to deal with increasing demand for housing and health care as more people entered Gauteng.

Unemployment levels had increased as the economy slumped.

"Regardless of the constraints imposed by limited and overstretched resources, we have managed to pull through our journey in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles," said Mokonyane.

The government had registered reasonable progress, she said.

The Quality of Life survey, conducted every two years in the province, found that 92% of Gauteng residents had water piped into their dwelling, or onto the site of their dwelling. This had far-reaching implications for health, safety, and dignity.

"In a province growing at nearly 3% a year, to have caught up with the backlog in this way is remarkable," she said.

Almost 17 000 residents took part in the survey, undertaken by provincial and local government and the universities of Johannesburg and the Witwatersrand.

In total, 80% of residents lived in brick or concrete houses on their own plot. Around 12% lived in dwellings which were below RDP standards.

Density levels would become a concern for Gauteng, as it was the smallest region but with the largest population. Medium-density suburban living would be promoted.

A fifth of Gauteng residents still had to share their sanitation facilities with other households.

The premier said a turnaround strategy for the health department was starting to bear fruit.

The government was continuing to improve payments to service providers.

Engagements with medical supplies depots had resulted in an increase and consistent supply of essential medicines.

The turnaround would continue in order to improve financial and supply chain management. The rate of Aids deaths in the province had dropped from 38.5% in 2009 to 35% in 2011.

Over 500 000 people were registered for antiretroviral treatment, at 310 facilities.

Turning to crime, the premier said safety and security in the province had improved.

"In 2009, almost half of respondents told us that crime was the main problem facing their community."

This had dropped to 35% in the latest survey.

However, drugs and alcohol problems were becoming more prominent.

Residents of all races, ages and sexes agreed corruption was the biggest threat facing South Africa.

Dissatisfaction with national government had reached 37%.

Forty-four percent of respondents were dissatisfied with provincial government, and 48% with local government.

"We have to work hard to win back popular faith in politicians," Mokonyane said.

Comments
  • Christopher - 2012-06-15 20:20

    Ummm....what about the crime, murders, rape, corruption...but you did well..Well Done retard!

      Squeegee - 2012-06-15 20:22

      What about this week's protests?

      Christopher - 2012-06-15 20:23

      you have not answered the most relevant questions in our society, which is the above....we not stupid you ignorant bi**h!

      Christopher - 2012-06-15 21:36

      "Unemployment levels had increased as the economy slumped". Why has the economy slumped??? Anc glutony?

      oscar.vanriel - 2012-06-15 22:13

      She is one delusional, lying excuse for a waste of space.

      Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-06-17 23:09

      lies, lies , lies, the only people who are more prosperous are the corrupt government official stealing from the coffers of the people. this is another pre election tactic called propaganda and is easily and ruthlessly used by the ANC to confuse the people. Down with Zuma, down with lies, down with ANC

  • braamc - 2012-06-15 20:25

    17 000 took part in the survey, shoe

  • Zahir - 2012-06-15 20:28

    then why do we see service delivery protests every week or is this other provinces

      Alf - 2012-06-16 10:30

      Zahir: you must understand that according to the ANC government at any level, these protests are quoted out of context! I must say I like the premier's speech: First she assures everybody that the Gauteng government has fulfilled its mandate. Then she lists points where things have gone down the tubes, i.e. decline in revenu, increase in unemployment etc., trying to find excuses why they did not achieve their goals, which they never set in the first place! Their only goal is to syphon off money. Either the premier is plain stupid or schizophrenic!She is insulting the inelligence of the people and should learn to think before she speaks.

  • Henk - 2012-06-15 20:32

    Yes you did! You managed to tax the middle class to the best of your abilities. Now that etoll failed you want to make it up by inflating our property valuations by 70%. You have no idea...

  • patrick.saunders123 - 2012-06-15 20:33

    someone should tell nomvula that just saying it doesn't really make it true.

  • vic.hammond.75 - 2012-06-15 20:35

    Dream on !

  • Gavin - 2012-06-15 20:43

    Well done

  • Hermann - 2012-06-15 20:45

    HUH??????

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-06-15 20:47

    I hope DA takes this province from the ANC in 2014. Then maybe I won't get electricity bills for 10s of thousands of Rands.

  • thozi - 2012-06-15 20:49

    I would have hoped that the honourable Premier would have sometimes asked her convoy, consisting of body-guards in expensive German cars, to have driven her through where her real and loyal subjects live: the SQUATER CAMPS! Had she done that, even once, she would have been embaRrassed to claim that "they had fulfilled their mandate"... unless of course, she was referring to her well-heeled circle of friends.

  • des.cider - 2012-06-15 20:51

    It is a joke! Everyone I know, in all walks of life is paying far more for much less in the past twenty years. And there is no hope at all that anyone’s standard will improve unless you are a government sponsored scrounge.

  • Erna - 2012-06-15 20:53

    Where do these people get their statistics from? 92% have water piped into their house or property and 80% live in concrete or brick houses! Who did the interview? The millions upon millions who live in Diepsloot, Zandspruit or other squatter camps?

  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-06-15 20:56

    Why does the ANC regime always blow smoke up their own backsides? They never deliver, the people are still suffering, but they keep lying to the media to pretend that they're actually doing their jobs. STOP LYING ANC REGIME !!!

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-06-15 20:59

    More prosperous government officials.

  • nico.loubser.9 - 2012-06-15 21:01

    Today... I so wish that everybody can live, eat, sleep in peace. I so wish for this.

  • Phillip - 2012-06-15 21:02

    Please, Gautengers (to whom I shall remain forever grateful for putting to death the scourge of E-tolling) ! Perhaps you should give your premier her due - it just depends what her mandate is. The communist mandate is to sew disorder, and any other mandate is the opposite. So if you consider the madam comrade premier's words carefully, then you will know whether she is lying, or telling the truth.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-06-15 21:04

    Oh really?

  • hein.huyser - 2012-06-15 21:19

    Thank goodness madam premier, now you can lower the crazy propert and electricty taxes and rates. Come on then now. Or were you on a political campaighn? Stop lying like a horsetrader for once and own up. You have actually failed the people of Gauteng. White and black. Would be interesting to know how many jobs for whites have been created, because to steal from Peter to give to Paul isn't progress. Still don't understand that if you divide wealth you are not multiplying it, do you? Wake up, your time is up.

  • sanet.oelofse - 2012-06-15 21:29

    Considering the tyres are still smouldering at Zandspruit... It's in Gauteng right?

  • gerhard.kress.3 - 2012-06-15 21:29

    Is this for real??? In a mere 3 years you turned around the fortunes of the people of Gauteng? You must be part of the Champagne Motlanthe gang. Patting yourself on the back? Why are you not ashamed of the mismanagement that is going on under your rule?

  • coenraad.vaneeden.5 - 2012-06-15 21:33

    Dreamer

  • ron.wale.3 - 2012-06-15 21:38

    This proves that she, and the ANC, are out of touch with reality. How can anyone vote for them in the next election when they fail the people like this?

  • mathoki - 2012-06-15 21:38

    What mandate is she talking about, was she unveiling future success stories? ... If she thinks that she has done her job to standard clearly her standards are far to long. She should just step down. What mandate? Bathong

  • jan.henning.14 - 2012-06-15 21:55

    I know of several thousands of people in Mamelodi, Diepsloot, Soshanguwe and Tembisa that will disagree with her. Their circumstances have deteriorated drastically whilst service delivery has failed them miserably, infrastructure busses and trains have failed them whilst madam and her cronies live in sheer luxury and chase around in fancy cars escorted by the 'blue light brigade' as a display of office and power. The municipal billing fiasco and rising crime stands out as one of their monuments and the removal of social grants from places that care for the frail graces her record sheets, not to mention the achievement of a failing health system. Jakkals prys haar eie stert!

  • marthinus.oosthuizen.7 - 2012-06-15 22:24

    The ANC must be the party with the most effective propaganda. Luckily for them, most of their supporters are illiterate or haven't access to other media. Surely she can't believe that people with something between the ears will believe her.

  • MefrouwPoefparra - 2012-06-15 22:59

    Delusions of adequacy.

  • andrew.mackie.90 - 2012-06-16 07:00

    Wow!! Does this woman live in Gauteng or a pardise of her dreams ? Promised clean and transparent governance plus all the other trappings in her speech and did she succeed? I think not. Just a small one for her was to pay the medical expenses for Thomas Ferreira and did she keep that promise! Do not mention the small companies who went under due to lack of payment for goods and services. How about dear Humphrey M spending public funds on the government credit card for his own benefit. The protests in many areas were opportunistic not about service delivery. So Madame may we join you in your garden of Eden so as to enjoy all the so called benefits announced by you.

  • cheslin.white.7 - 2012-06-16 07:41

    Well done! Other provinces please take note. How fortunate we are to have leaders like these.

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