State of the North West: key issues

2012-02-17 11:48

City Press political reporter Mmanaledi Mataboge selects five key points from North West Premier Thandi Modise’s state of the province address.

1. Infrastructure:
President Jacob Zuma highlighted that the eastern part of the North West would benefit from the Limpopo programme for rail and water.

Sanral was being approached to lay out safe and professionally built roads, Modise said. “We are in the process of finalising 10 roads”.

Construction of the new Bophelong Psychiatric Hospital, which started in April last year, will be completed this year.

2. Job creation:
“Our target was 52 898 jobs. We have exceeded this target with 27 535 jobs by creating 80 433 jobs.”

3. Health:
“We have come from behind, from being the worst-run department of health to being amongst the best-run,” Modise said.

The North West has won awards for a number of its hospitals as the cleanest.

“We have exceeded our targets for voluntary tests and have even managed to be the only province to marginally reduce the rate of HIV infections by 0.4%”.

4. Electricity:

“In this financial year 10 162 new electricity connections will be made but akufani nokuhlala (it’s better than nothing),” she said.

Eskom has made an investment of R10.85 billion in infrastructure for electricity over the next five years for the province.

5. Local government:
Modise said the 2010/2011 audit reports for municipalities were “shocking”.

Most North West municipalities failed to submit their financials to the Auditor General in time.

“Only nine municipalities (out of 25) and two municipal entities submitted. This situation cannot be tolerated. We must look for desperate measures. This necessitates that the North West political and government leadership must stand and act decisively.”

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