Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed a crowd of about 1000 at a mini rally in Folweni, south of Durban. (Amanda Khoza, News24)
Durban – ANC deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday urged the Folweni community to go out and vote for the ANC in their numbers on the August 3 elections.
Ramaphosa was speaking at a mini rally on an open field in Folweni, south of Durban.
The deputy president thanked the crowd of about 1 000 people who had been bused in in about 20 buses on Thursday afternoon.
"There is a lot of work that still needs to be done. But a lot has been done. In Inanda, where I've just come from, we went to hand out houses, we have built four million houses around the country."
To those who were still waiting for state houses, Ramaphosa said, should be patient.
"We are on our way; we are also coming to you. We plan on building a further three million houses in the near future and you all will be recipients and that is the promise from the ANC."
He said he had travelled around the country and had interacted with South Africans who had received houses.
"I was in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape, I was walking on the streets doing door-to-door. One 69-year-old gogo called me into her house and she thanked the ANC for building her first house, she said she lived in a shack."
Ramaphosa said the woman showed him her lounge suite, a bedroom with a double bed and her kitchen.
He said the ANC had delivered services to the people of South Africa.
"You can see the houses built by ANC, the electricity and the water. Yes, water is a big problem in most people's lives. We are currently building big dams with big pipes that will deliver water everywhere."
Here said all children below the age of 18 had access to state support, no-fee schooling and the school nutrition feeding scheme programme.
Ramaphosa also said the elderly received a pension.
He said the government was making sure that opportunities were being made available to disadvantaged students who could not afford to further their education.
"Those who pass matric get bursaries with the National Financial Aid Scheme, we started with R300m, then R600m, then R900m and it has increased further so that children can study and get skilled."
He said the government knew that employment was also important.
"Our people are crying about unemployment, the ANC knows that there are no jobs, we are working on it. The global economy is not going as well as it we would like it to. The South African economy has also been affected.
"We are digging gold, platinum and coal and selling them but the prices have dropped so much that we are not making the profit that we were making but we are hopeful that next year the economy will grow so that we can create jobs."
3.4 million on ARVs
He said the government was exploring alternative ways of how it could create jobs.
"All the problems that exist in the country, the ANC is aware of them, we are on it, working on it."
He said another important issue was the 2016 International Aids Conference currently underway in Durban.
"You know our people were dying of Aids every day and when President Jacob Zuma took over, he made sure that there were antiretrovirals, there are 3.4 million on ARVs today."
He said Aids was still a reality and encouraged people to be careful.
"Especially young girls, they are the most infected by Aids, they are given by the blessers. Young women should not allow themselves to be controlled by these blessers because they will be blessed with HIV/Aids.
"Women and young girls should stay away from blessers and men must keep their zips up. Young girls should keep their legs closed."
He encouraged men to use condoms because a new study had shown a decrease in usage.
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