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Zille plan for Western Cape

2014-06-20 18:50

Cape Town - The Western Cape government will focus on opening opportunities for citizens and creating conditions for economic growth, Premier Helen Zille said on Friday.

Delivering her State of the Province address in the provincial legislature, she said the next five years would address goals in the National Development Plan and Provincial Development Plan.

She agreed with President Jacob Zuma's State of the Nation statements on Tuesday that change could only come about through creating employment and increased investment.

"One of our main priorities is making the Western Cape a leader in broadband access. This is essential if we want to grow the economy, create jobs, and become internationally competitive," she said.

To this end, the province, State Information Technology Agency, and Neotel signed an agreement on Friday morning to provide broadband to around 2 000 government sites over the next two to three years.

These sites included schools and libraries.

Neotel would also fund the infrastructure roll-out of 384 WiFi hotspots in provincial buildings and the province would subsidise the free portion of citizens' internet access.

These hotspots would be rolled out over four years.

To assist small and medium-sized businesses, the province had budgeted R179m in the next three years for business development, procurement support, and finance access.

The red-tape reduction unit would make it easier to do business and the province would challenge any new legislation or policy that constricted ease of business.

"A good example is the immigration laws recently introduced by the national department of home affairs, which threaten the film, business, and leisure tourism industry," Zille said.

She called on Zuma to ask for an urgent review of the new law if he was serious about increasing tourism revenue.

The province would look to the business process outsourcing, information and communications technology, and aquaculture industries as vehicles for work opportunities.

Coastal concerns

Addressing coastal concerns, the province wanted the area between Hermanus and Gansbaai to be declared a special economic zone.

She said this would allow perlemoen farmers to receive special tariffs and incentives.

She would also push for the development of the province's 12 small fishing harbours.

"It is time to remind national government that, while we are committed to co-operation, the constitutional mandate for small harbours lies with local government."

In education, the province would focus on improving language and maths results and upping the quality of school leaders, governing bodies and environments.

Zille said almost R3.3bn would be spent on building and upgrading health facilities in the next five years.

The premier left her province's "biggest challenge" until last, which was building housing.

"With a housing database of over 500 000 households in the province, which grows daily as urbanisation escalates, we have estimated that it will cost over R70bn to provide land, services, and top structures to everyone who needs it."

She said this was unsustainable. Citizens needed to become more involved in projects instead of waiting to receive a home.

The province was working on a new housing model that would incorporate partnerships and strategies with the city of Cape Town and other municipalities.

In the meantime, it would be delivering on a number of housing projects in its second term.

Comments
  • Chase Cameron - 2014-06-20 19:02

    Blah blah blah... her sense of entitlement and hubris will destroy any of her plans. Helen is her own worst enemy.

      Imagine Sense - 2014-06-20 19:14

      Blah blah blah ... the anc's sense of entitlement and hubris will destroy any of their plans. The anc is its own worst enemy. There is plenty of proof that this statement is FAR more valid than yours. Especially in "sense of entitlement and hubris" the anc are clear WORLD CHAMPIONS. If you cannot see this, you clearly do not fall into the category that Zuma calls "bright people, clever people". You know, the ones that have a problem with his latest R250million entitlement.

      etienneenanneline.gouws - 2014-06-20 19:41

      She has active plans, processes already in progress and vision! Unlike the ANC that only wants to appoint more people in useless commissions when we already know the answers and outcome! Stop thinking with your hate and start thinking with your brain!

      Willie Botha - 2014-06-20 20:17

      Chase, a loser says what ?

      EXPAT-SINCE 1973 - 2014-06-20 20:51

      Hope that all these programs include WHITES and Coloureds also. "Africa is like a ZEBRA .. if you injure the white part, the black part dies too" !!!!!!!

      Phelamanga - 2014-06-20 22:35

      Her entitlement is the same as any educated, intelligent South African, a government that works cleanly and efficiently for the benefit of all the citizens of the country so that poverty can be reduced significantly, unemployment drastically lessened and more investment pours in. This is unlike the rest of the country where there's nepotism, cronyism, political gangsterism, aggrandisement on the scale of R245million, a civil service that's more like an employment agency than a force working for the people. The worst enemies of those that point fingers is their own blind ignorance of the real story of one province that is striving to make a better life for all.

      Jon Low - 2014-06-21 00:05

      Entitlement to what? Hubris over what?

      Anthony FromAfrica - 2014-06-21 04:38

      Chase, You should know better One does not dissagree with these empty headed DA supporters. They cannot handle this, and become abusive and insulting. Fifty years of apartheid has rotten thdeir minds

      Lo Philips - 2014-06-21 07:46

      @Anthony FromAfrica - And what you utter is always genius. You thumb-suck your stats and then believe the rubbish you write. I see you have changed your named yet another time. I see someone else is now using SA AntiDA because the person who commented there has obviously more than 2 brain cells unlike yourself.

      Nigel van Ysendyk - 2014-06-21 09:10

      entitlement...Iol do you even know what that means, get a dictionary moron

      Martin Melzer - 2014-06-21 17:20

      How does someone with an IQ less than his shoe size work that out???

      Nico Steyn - 2014-06-21 19:47

      Anthony from Africa, I am not yet 30, and I do not really remember apartheid, other than african men often called me kleinbaas. But this is tno the point here. You state that disagreement with a DA supporter leads to abuse and insults. Anthony, you never enter into healthy debate, or any kind of debate where you are asked to state your case. All you see is ANC vs DA vs EFF and Black vs White. Please, just be quiet or go and mind the children or play with your toys so that they adults can discuss current events and valid political points. I am sure you are a nice guy, but you are in the wrong place man.

  • Mally Hodgskiss - 2014-06-20 19:03

    Chase your tail pal

  • Omn Basso - 2014-06-20 19:12

    Chased Cameron...is it your pic ? where s head...a mean your head ...

  • Dennis van Aarde - 2014-06-20 19:58

    Go DA show SA and the world that BIACK,WHITE,COULARDS and other race groups working together can achieve alot

      Jon Low - 2014-06-21 00:07

      And how to spell properly too...

  • Tian Reyneke - 2014-06-20 20:01

    Themba wants a free fridge again?

  • Wesley Neutt - 2014-06-20 20:07

    Hi Helen I am a 24 year old chemical engineer and am working on a waste to energy project in Western Cape, we have obtained take off agreements and my investors are ready to put in all resources needed, however we are facing big challenges from western cape government that we need to overcome before investors dig into there pockets to expand our current plant. Regards

      EXPAT-SINCE 1973 - 2014-06-20 20:43

      Have you tried posting this on DA own website?

      Erna Westdyk - 2014-06-20 20:47

      I doubt that Helen Zille will respond. There are better ways to correspond with government departments.

      cornu.perold - 2014-06-21 08:48

      Contact them directly

  • Wesley Neutt - 2014-06-20 20:07

    Hi Helen I am a 24 year old chemical engineer and am working on a waste to energy project in Western Cape, we have obtained take off agreements and my investors are ready to put in all resources needed, however we are facing big challenges from western cape government that we need to overcome before investors dig into there pockets to expand our current plant. Regards

      Jon Low - 2014-06-21 00:10

      Writing to a media comments forum probably won't work as well as pitching your plan in person to the local government employee whose job it is to deal with these things. And if it's yet another crackpot scam, it won't go anywhere.

      Nico Steyn - 2014-06-21 19:57

      Wesley, there are several forums where your input will be heard, albeit with the obligatory ton of red tape and endless frustration. I have also considered proposing a viable path of entry for young black people to enter into a very white job market/industry, but I decided that until the Western Cape and national governments are willing to engage with visionaries bearing constructive offerings, I am not wasting my time and money. I could gaurantee 100 new professional career opportunities annually starting at salaries of R250k per year, but my letter to Helen Zille at DA and Provincial government went unanswered.

  • Alexander Dowding - 2014-06-20 20:11

    Well done Zille and the Western Cape provincial government. I am delighted to hear that you will be going ahead with implementing the national government's National Development Plan. Zuma has been saying for the last five years that government will implement it but they never do! Why? Because they are hamstringed by their alliance partners the unions at every turn! Viva Western Cape. The people deserve the government that they vote for!

  • munich.ipcc - 2014-06-20 20:35

    Creating opportunities for which citizens? Your interest is in creating opportunities for Germans. That's why she's in and out of Germany and Western Cape is populated with Germans.

      Klaus Muller - 2014-06-20 20:45

      You're not jealous? Are you - shame, my heart bleeds lumpy custard for you? Grüsse von Deutschland.

      EXPAT-SINCE 1973 - 2014-06-20 20:47

      OH MY.... don't you like the German Investment they bring? I would think SA needs investments no matter what Nationality or Race. Hmm? Never head of a German with a hand out or living in a squatter camp .. have you? And no I'm not German .. just a person with a brain who has plain old commonsense .. clearly something you're lacking. Ugh!

      anke.engelke.35 - 2014-06-20 20:52

      So she is planning to build holiday homes for Germans at the western cape? Rubbish.

      SoutieTwo - 2014-06-21 06:36

      If it is the Germans who help make the Western Cape so successful can we get a few thousand to settle in the Orange Free State please.

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-06-21 11:29

      Ippc Munich. It is painful to witness such ignorance. I hope you are still young enough to remedy it.

      Nico Steyn - 2014-06-21 20:05

      Hey Ipcc, Germans like to retire in South Africa because we used to have a very attractive rate of exchange, moderate climate, and German dudes dig black chicks dude. Seriously.

  • Nigel Alfred Jopson - 2014-06-20 22:20

    Time to move to Cape Town!

      Paige Turner - 2014-06-21 10:45

      If you move to Cape Town, please ensure that you are self-sustaining and that you can contribute to growth and prosperity in this province.

  • Dean De Jager - 2014-06-20 22:21

    You know what they say....white works.

      Emile Primavesi-Marais - 2014-06-20 22:54

      God damn idiot. People like you are the reason racist extremism still exist.

      anton.v.schalkwyk - 2014-06-21 06:07

      @dean. STFU racism asshat!

      Sandy Mokgaetjie Maphothoma - 2014-06-21 13:02

      Wht an idiot racist during thz tym of lyf...i don't c wht u r saying bcos those whites r asking help rim robots....i jst mean if u grandparents where not involved in apartheid 'no working white 4 u bcos u hv to work hard 4 u achievement'white works to only those who inharited from their racist grandparents.

      Nico Steyn - 2014-06-21 20:15

      Sandy, Dean, you are both wrong. Many white people are competent, and work hard, and pay their taxes, because they had advantages that put them there. They are also raised differently, and expect to have to work for every penny. Sandy, I do not have any grandparents. I had a grandmother who was a political activist, pharmacist and kind, generous person. She died. I am a struggling entrepeneur with no education, but I try hard every day, and each day I make strides forward. Maybe I will be rich, but I will certainly not walk over anyone to get there. Take some time to consider my statement, I do not want to state the obvious today.

  • Dean De Jager - 2014-06-20 22:24

    Hanzou....leave limpopo

  • Jaydee Loubser - 2014-06-20 22:26

    Good for you Helen. Show SA and the world that all races together can achieve and be a roaring success. Despite pathetic Fransman's negative reaction on SABC news.

      SoutieTwo - 2014-06-21 06:39

      I haven't heard much about Fransman lately, maybe he is also exhausted after his strenuous election campaign!

      Paige Turner - 2014-06-21 10:46

      Fransman is still sulking about the election results and that DA klapped ANC by a bigger margin than before.

      Nico Steyn - 2014-06-21 20:19

      Fransman and Tony Erinreich, they are so pathetic. I would like to challenge either of them to a debate, and I know jack about provincial government politics or policy. They never have valid arguments: "White black coloured, white black coloured, is all they can ever say." Focus on the problems of your constituents and get the job done. No one will attack you if you just do your jobs and do them right.

  • Donovan Dunn - 2014-06-20 22:32

    Not too bright for an engineer

  • Donovan Dunn - 2014-06-20 22:33

    Considering theyve been the only opposition SA has ever seen, your pointless statement shows your limited thinking capacity

  • Donovan Dunn - 2014-06-20 22:34

    You make no sense

  • Dean De Jager - 2014-06-20 22:36

    Donovan....tik is not your friend

  • munich.ipcc - 2014-06-20 23:27

    Investment? I know the real German investors not the small people running away from their Finanzamt. @XPACT73, i have never heard of them living in squatter camps but I know those who exploit SA and take your jobs.

      Nico Steyn - 2014-06-21 20:23

      They work hard for their success, and then they spend the money, and they have a great time doing it. They also pay their taxes, but the government steals it instead of appropriating it according the needs of the poor, the downtrodden and the uneducated. Shut up Ipcc, self sustaining and industrious immigrants owe you nothing. Sour grapes.

  • Jon Low - 2014-06-21 00:04

    "Citizens needed to become more involved in projects instead of waiting to receive a home." They build squatter shacks instead. Government needs to step in and channel their involvement into building something more permanent for themselves. This is more about organisation than mere funding.

  • Anthony Rees - 2014-06-21 00:06

    Wireless internet does not put food in mouths, shelter over heads or provide work.

      Julian Edward Frost - 2014-06-21 01:58

      Actually, it DOES provide work. A poor person with internet access has a leg-up through e-learning and being able to look for jobs on the internet over one who doesn't.

      SoutieTwo - 2014-06-21 06:53

      No, and giving someone a free house does not provide work. I favour the 'Site and Service' system, where plots are laid out with services provided, on which people can build their own dwellings. The money saved by the government can then be used to create conditions for employment. Giving free houses, free electricity, child grants and all the other grants does not give a poor person a job, it doesn't even give them self-respect, it merely makes them dependent on the government's continuing hand-outs. South Africa is fast becoming a nation of beggars.

      Ughetta Parenti - 2014-06-21 09:38

      Hi Anthony - have you ever tried to look for work or send a cv with no access to money, a fax machine or the internet...? ask someone who has and you may see the difference it will make. Knowledge is crucial, the internet is a tool (think library) Best Wishes Ughetta

      SoutieTwo - 2014-06-22 07:32

      Ughetta Parenti, yes, the internet is a tool, similar to a library, and one which is not quite so easily burned down.

  • Vincent VinSaint - 2014-06-21 06:05

    ANC you want the cape? Start now and stop giving attention to every little thing Juju says or else...the only "cape" you will get will be from Superman...impossible hey.

  • Gerrie Malan - 2014-06-21 08:52

    No Chase, the forces behind the whêkis who want jobs but not whêk are. And of course people that that world renowned agricultural economist, Tony Ehrenreich who states the whêkis should share in farmer's profits. Wonder where the money to pay salaries from one harvest to the next comes from? And what about the risk sharing? In the end it simply boils down to the struggle ANC has created a monster it cannot contain itself.

  • Masela Dima - 2014-06-21 10:19

    well Western cape is working and it will take time to reach people in gugulethu and khayelitsha because of an escalating urbanization but i wil give credit where it is due............the reson western cape is flourishing is because the white people and germans in the western cape are working together to build the province while we are criticing...........even the ANC in parliament .their mouth were closed....they did not say anything about the western cape.....they tried bringing the race into the matter and Sisulu was called into order.........lets give credit where it is due............Hellen might be corrupt off course she cant just watch money pass by.....but she do this with intelligence.......lets embrace white because of their order to do things

      Paige Turner - 2014-06-21 10:51

      If you have any evidence that Helen is corrupt, it's time to step up and show that evidence. While I applaud you comment, you spoilt it with that jibe about "might be corrupt off course, can't watch money pass by". So let's see your evidence.

      Nico Steyn - 2014-06-21 20:33

      Yes, Masela, whip out your evidence, please, I am so excited to see it. I will wait right here to see what you come up with. One shot, it's your time to shine now. If you are right, I will donate R100 000 to found a movement to impeach and prosecute her. That is a promise. You have ten minutes. What you got, Masela?

  • John-Phillip Saayman - 2014-06-21 11:13

    Agree

  • Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2014-06-21 11:19

    Ehrenreich and Fransman are not going to like this.

  • Del Pearson - 2014-06-21 16:27

    Is this a picture of Zille's double, certainly doesn't look like her.

  • Thabo Seleke - 2014-06-22 12:32

    It's not about being black or white but I always like her plans and effectiveness. EFF should really learn from such opposition parties who are keen to follow the President vision. Eff whatch you will be the next cope if you don't start focusing on right issues.

  • Luyanda Eminairebiz Mnuna - 2014-06-22 16:11

    This is a logical approach for any leader as we all know that our lives are heavily influenced by Tech. Zille has always been an intelligent leader and her greatest wit is keeping up with the changing times and her ability to focus on issues that impact us the most. I'm not going to be critical all I wanna know is how the plan is going to be rolled out.

  • Cebolenkosi Ntobeko Ngcobo - 2014-06-22 18:22

    Emperor Zille please do something about gangsters in the Cape phats and Kayelitsha

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