Things your premiers have promised

2012-02-25 15:23

1 Infrastructure
Premier Zweli Mkhize announced an R80bn investment in KwaZulu-Natal’s maritime economy in upgrades to the Durban and Richards Bay harbours, as well as R15bn for schools, health and road infrastructure, including a project for filling potholes around the province.

2 Jobs
Mkhize said that despite the economic downturn, unemployment in KwaZulu-Natal had dropped by just under 1%, with 123 000 jobs created in the last financial year.

The Expanded Public Works Programme, which created 55 000 jobs in 2011, will be continued, focusing on rural road delivery and maintenance.

3 Corruption
Mkhize announced additional measures to combat corruption in the province’s civil service, including the possibility of setting up a judicial commission of inquiry.

Special attention would be paid to rooting out civil servants clandestinely doing business with government, he said.

During 2011, the province had dealt with some 1 600 cases of misconduct of one sort or another.

4 Green economy
Mkhize announced the formation of a KwaZulu-Natal Council on Climate Change which will coordinate education and innovation initiatives.

Opportunities included a renewable energy centre and manufacturing hub at Isithebe on the north coast; installing 200 000 solar geysers and piloting mini-grids of renewable energy.

5 Governance
Mkhize said vacant funded posts had been reduced from 20% to 11%, while Treasury had started a review of all government contracts to ensure value for money and prevent irregularities. The province was now in the black, with some R3,6bn in cash reserves.

Premier Nomvula Mokonyane
1 Infrastructure
Gauteng province is working with municipalities to develop “norms and standards” for basic service delivery across the province. This would enable municipalities to move towards universal access to water, sanitation, electricity and refuse removal across the province, said Mokonyane.

2 Jobs
Premier Nomvula Mokonyane expressed “deep concern” at the high level of youth unemployment, a subject which has featured prominently in all her previous addresses.

She promised that the new Gauteng Youth Employment Strategy, which focuses on job creation, will build six new Township Enterprise Hubs in Katlehong and Tembisa in Ekurhuleni, Sebokeng and Sharpeville in Sedibeng, and Kagiso and Winterveldt.

3 Poverty
45 000 new households will be targeted and supported by 2014 to start their own food gardens to strengthen food security.

“By 2014 we aim to reach over 600 schools. In addition, we will support 250 community food gardens.

The food gardens will be established in the provincial rural nodes and within the prioritised townships,” said Mokonyane.

4 Health
Health gets a dedicated MEC and head of department to turn it around because it has suffered numerous scandals, including the avoidable deaths of newborn babies.

“This situation is made worse by financial management and operational weaknesses which necessitated interventions by the provincial government, supported by national government,” said Mokonyane.

5 Corruption
Mokonyane threw down the gauntlet to unscrupulous public servants and promised disciplinary steps against officials responsible for negligence, fraud and corruption. “We have unearthed over 150 cases of alleged fraud and corruption,” she said.

Premier David Mabuza

1 Infrastructure
Mabuza said infrastructure development would remain the government’s main lever for creating jobs and stimulating the economy.

An Mpumalanga infrastructure development master plan was high on the province’s socio-economic agenda, Mabuza said.

2 Jobs
Mabuza said government had concluded the adoption of the Mpumalanga economic growth and development path, which aimed to guide the province on job creation and economic growth over 10 years.

Agro-processing and beneficiation would receive high priority as government believed that more opportunities for small businesses could be unlocked.

3 Corruption
Mabuza said government would launch the Mpumalanga Anti-Corruption Council which would include labour, business and civil society. Measures to reduce corruption were being introduced in supply chain processes.

4 Health
Mabuza said anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment facilities have increased from 198 to 269 primary healthcare facilities and 32 hospitals. The government had surpassed its target of placing 137 855 patients on ARV treatment and now has 138 598 patients on treatment.

5 Agriculture
Mabuza said his government would place more emphasis on agricultural development because the province was largely rural.

Speaking during the state of the province address on Friday, Mabuza said this did not mean that other sectors would be ignored.

He said the province would work with mining companies like BHP Billiton to rehabilitate mined land for agricultural use and reclaim underground water, both for agriculture and for human consumption.

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