Zille zooms in on poverty

2012-02-17 18:51

Cape Town - How to help people out of poverty was the main focus of Western Cape premier Helen Zille's state of the province address in Cape Town on Friday.

She said, since her first speech in 2009, she had made it clear that government's first focus was to reduce poverty because it was an affront to human dignity.

A poor individual did not have equal opportunity to a decent lifestyle through economic wealth, education, health, and safety.

The Western Cape was working on a number of initiatives to remedy this.

"The only sustainable way to beat poverty is by creating opportunities for growth and jobs. This insight forms part of our strategy," Zille said.

She said the strategy was to shift resources and energy into the creation of growth and job opportunities without compromising service delivery in health, education, and social development.

"That is why we have chosen to establish an Economic Development Partnership (EDP), where all stakeholders in the economy will come together to develop and help implement a shared agenda for economic growth, development, and inclusion."

The EDP was registered at the beginning of the year and would be launched in April.

It would include a steering committee of prominent leaders from the business community and government.

Zille said the EDP was the only sustainable way to fight poverty.

Over time, it would result in an improved investment climate, a more competitive and resilient economy and, ultimately, higher levels of growth and employment.

The development partnership would be backed by a boost in infrastructure, starting with three city regeneration projects.

Broadband internet access was a key part of infrastructure, with Zille saying the aim was to penetrate all schools and 70% of government facilities by 2014.

"Within the next two years, as part of a pilot project, we aim to create the largest mesh network in the world that will have connected all households in Khayelitsha, Mitchells Plain, and Saldanha Bay, including the Industrial Development Zone footprint."

Zille did not forget the contingent of poor farm workers across the Cape.

She said she wanted emerging farmers to succeed.

The agriculture and rural development department, together with different "commodity" groups, had invested R91.7m into 85 emerging farmer projects for 2011/12.

For workers without green fingers, the province would soon launch a significant skills development and work experience programme.

Zille said that the key to getting people into the workplace was to focus on education, making sure every child could read, write, and calculate.

Social dysfunction

The provincial education department would invest R466m in textbooks over the next four years to help achieve this goal.

The intention was that every pupil - from Grades 1 to 12 - would have a textbook in each subject.

She said more than two million textbooks were delivered to schools last year.

The poorest public schools were the focus, with the province spending six times more on pupils in poor public schools compared to well-off schools.

Zille said this was bearing fruit as the matric pass rate had improved in poor schools.

As for health, the province was shifting from a focus purely on treatment to that of prevention. A particular focus was on HIV/Aids, especially in poorer communities.

These communities were also plagued by substance abuse and crime.

"Drug and alcohol abuse are the key drivers of the social dysfunction and family break-down that ravage this province."

About 80% of murders were associated with alcohol abuse while drugs, especially Tik, were one of the main drivers of violent crime.

Zille announced that the budget to fight substance abuse had been increased to R67.4m.

To keep youth off the streets, the province had introduced 174 centres in poor communities offering after-school activities.

The premier concluded by addressing the some 500 000 housing unit backlog, saying the pipeline to get a house had broken down regularly in the past.

"It is absolutely pitiful that the regulatory environment makes it impossible to deliver low-cost housing on any site in less than six years."

She said she would make sure the housing pipeline was quicker and more effective.

  • Kim - 2012-02-17 19:04

    Now compare what Helen Zille has to say to Zuma. Then you wonder why the Western Cape is miles ahead. Zille for President.

      Irene - 2012-02-17 19:07

      So true and why the rest of the country is flocking there too.

      George - 2012-02-17 19:15

      Sorry but the Western Cape is not miles ahead. They punt a bit of tourism and some pensionars but honestly businesswise anything down in the Cape takes ages. Zuma against Zille they actually originates from the same ideal communism. Black Sash and ANC

      Kim - 2012-02-17 19:19

      Give me one comparison George. Your idea of business wise is not true.

      Patrick - 2012-02-17 19:29

      @kim your colour blind. compare verwoord apartheid speech to chris hani. i bet you were ordering popcorn verwood open his mouth.sies

      Yolandè Rwaai - 2012-02-17 19:31

      Miles away?! Yeah, white people are. As far as I know those in the townships are still poverty-striken!

      Burtfred - 2012-02-17 19:32

      Yes , Zille for president and Kim for minister of babes.

      George - 2012-02-17 19:32

      I do work there and I have to get people from up here to do it. I cannot get equipment down there. If i employ somebody down there the phone is off after 15:00. Their work is not up to standard and it simply takes 3 people down there to do what one resource is doing up in the hub

      Jeffrey - 2012-02-17 19:45

      @George, Helen Zille is not, and never was a communist. That the W. Cape works really gets your goat hey, Georgie boy. No doubt you would still love to have Apartheid working for you judging by your comments. A red under every bed still in your thinking. Come into the 21st century lad.

      Agedah Alex - 2012-02-17 19:46

      The problem is that the majority are not enlightened enough to brace change

      Joe - 2012-02-17 19:49

      Never Zille rule this country, Dream on sister

      Kim - 2012-02-17 20:01

      @Joe, I am not your sister and never will be. As for your Zuma, he is more than just an oxygen thief

      Andy Stokes - 2012-02-17 20:06

      George, the problem sounds like your management skills, here's a hint, if someone is rubbish at their job then get someone in who wants to work. It's fairly simple really... Still, keep blaming everyone else...

      Mantsho - 2012-02-17 20:10


      Tanie - 2012-02-17 20:12

      You shouldn't have called a blonde a deputy of Zille. Now she is all over our face.Kim these people are sarcastic,can't you get it you moron,sit kom aan.

      Nigel - 2012-02-18 09:30

      @ Yolande', what you say might be true, just as it is all over the country (which you seem to ignore), this is a legacy of apartheid, this we all instead of stating the obvious & dwelling on the past, why not consider what is being done to change this, when you do this you will realize that the DA is doing more than the ANC (& its useless YL) has done since 1994, which is nothing.

  • Vegi - 2012-02-17 19:10

    You are lying for votes Zille, you are only interested in bicyle lanes and more swimming pools.

      Simon - 2012-02-17 19:24

      Vegetable, you will go to heaven if you vote ANC, your ancestors will not be happy if you dont vote ANC, the DA will bring back aparthied, we are rooting out corruption, I am studying at UNISA, I'm not in business, I resigned, I'm poor.... these are lies for votes. You seem to confuse the truth with lies all too often, is it because you are a racist? Or are you just stupid?

      Agedah Alex - 2012-02-17 19:43

      Why don't u just stay away from the cape,ZILLE is better than ZUMA

      Simon - 2012-02-17 19:55

      What! no reply from vegi? I wonder why. Maybe its all those empty promises he knows are lies but cant admit it.

      Sharon - 2012-02-17 20:04

      @ Simon - excuse Vegi, he has a really short attention span

      Simon - 2012-02-17 20:11

      @Sharon, i would excuse him if only he could ever back up his (I mean ANC's) rhetorical nonsense. Its people like him that give sheep a bad name.

      DuToitCoetzee - 2012-02-17 21:00

      Vegi is playing you all. Just read all his comment and you guys will know. Vegi give them a rest and stop stirring. You going to spoil the people's weekend....again!;)

      Nigel - 2012-02-18 08:29

      at least the DA is not stealing the food from the tables of its own people or fighting a war within itself for money & power. Even if what you said was true, which its not, the bicycle lanes are at least some form of service delivery, your "leaders" deliver nothing, that why their supporters die protesting for service, & they steal everything for themselves, which is why Limpopo now have no books to educate their people. When you can talk sense, post here, till then piss off.

  • Shirley - 2012-02-17 19:14

    Everything she has mentioned is true,but alas instead of people/parties working together to achieve the goals set out by Ms Zille they will rather resort to finding holes in her plan,saying she is trying to show other provinces up! Its time South Africans as a WHOLE started focusing on what is for the common good and not party politics. Education is key and as the old saying goes teacha man to grow his own food and you have fed him for life.

  • michelle.freeman2 - 2012-02-17 19:15

    Finally... someone who doesn't shy from what's really going on!

  • jandreleroux - 2012-02-17 19:15

    For the sake of the future of our country I hope she will be successful!

  • Peter - 2012-02-17 19:34

    The big difference between Zuma and Zille is that the latter undergirds her promises with what can realistically be acheived. No pie-in-the-sky daydreams or 'maybe-if' scenario here. That's why the Western Cape is such an enviable success and streets ahead of the rest of the country.

      Joe - 2012-02-17 19:54

      Peter PAN ?

  • Mantsho - 2012-02-17 20:29

    l say Zille for presinent, we cannot allow this country to fall and be like the rest of africa. African is a failed continent nothing is good about it, the worst thing about Africa is a poverty, they way people live and eat, bones and insects just to live. even the people abroad will tell you Africa is not good. leaders are not good, no televition no water no food.and it is true.

  • phathuchicos - 2012-02-17 20:40

    I really don't wanna comment on this...I heard enough of glorious ambitious targets that politicians keep making from the impossible 5 million jobs to this...Id rather just eat my pap and seshebo and get a good night sleep, that's the only privilege I only have in this country.

  • mary.kircher - 2012-02-18 01:18

    I want to know how George equates the Black Sash with communism -I belonged to the Black Sash and I am definately no communist. Do I regret the part I played in the struggle for democracy ? When I see what a total balls up the ANC is making in every direction, unfortunately, the answer is yes.

  • Juan - 2012-02-18 02:19

    Zille your speech are like music to my ears, compared to the constant drivel and corrupt incompetence we read about coming from the ANC camp. No wonder the Western Cape is moving forward while the rest of the country is going backwards.

  • Juan - 2012-02-18 02:21

    I am proud to call the Cape of Good Hope my home, thanks to Zille and the DA gang. Good work

  • Wayne - 2012-02-18 07:38

    Credit where credit is due. Only criticism is that its taken since 2009 to get to this point, which is way too long. I guess better late than never though....... Madame Zille and team, good work but pick up the pace!

  • Nigel - 2012-02-18 08:23

    the Western Cape will lead the country with job creation, education, racial integration, will be rainbow city, where people of all colors live together in prosperity, even the poor here is be much better of than anywhere else in SA. There will be those that try to paint the Cape as racist or white privilege, but at the end of the day it will be the melting pot, it will be the example of success, it will show how badly the ANC are performing, watch this space.

  • Ruan - 2012-02-18 09:18

    Time to seal off the borders of the Western Cape and declare it a Republic of its own and build a berlin type wall and kick our all undesirables and illegals,koeberg is enough to supply us with power and we have one of the largest narutal water catchments in the world and tourism will flourish with the biggest game farms and golf courses,we already support the rest of the countries provinces from our tourism infastructure.Autonomy NOW..... ps,,,for all you racists,the Republic of the Western Cape would be for all who want to make a country work no matter what colour you are.

  • Ruan - 2012-02-18 09:19

    COURTESY OF AN ASSOCIATE > Steve, who did a study on this a few years ago and the results were pretty interesting. The WC is the only province that does have the ability to stand on it's own feet from a financial perspective, it's income generation ability supports its current population levels but this will change in 8-10 years. Tourism, agriculture, industry right down to international trade would bring in enough revenue to enable the Western Cape to function as an independent state. The structures already exist in the form of government and provincial administration, it would require some pt but it could be done. Harbour, airport, rail network, road infrastructure, electricity generation.....all here already. There was a crowd trying to use this as a platform during the last election, but they made the mistake of including the Northern Cape - that tips the scale the wrong way even after adding revenue from the mining operations in Namaqualand. The Western Cape could quite conceivably take it's own place on the international stage, but obviously the ANC would fight it tooth and nail. Another big problem would become border control which would require a substantial investment in 'defence' capabilities to monitor, patrol and offer functional surveillance and a reactionary capability. Not insurmountable. And historically, it could be argued all four previous provinces have a claim to self-rule. What a pleasure for the people of the WC to be able to control their own destiny.

  • Ruan - 2012-02-18 09:20

    The DA needs to step up or us citizens WILL,A National Homeland Security would be established and run by its citizens to control the border,much like certain countries armies,you will be givien a grant for education if you join and serve X amount of years or join full time

  • aardvarkie - 2012-02-19 11:39

    I'd then like Zille to explain Blikkiesdorp in Delft to me - forced removal from Symphony Way, shoved into sub-standard tin shacks without water or ablution, lack of waste control, no medical care (disease control - a few people died last year), no facilities for kids, elderly or disabled, no communications. It's in the middle of a sandpit, government won't allow containers or outside structural help because its a "Temporary" location (although it's been 5 years now), people have literally died of starvation / malnutrition. WC officials refuse to meet with community leaders there, and are trying to put a few thousand more people in this nazi concentration camp. I've had to help countless schools and creches in other poor areas where government refuses to help. Zille does not give a damn about poor people.

  • dnt07 - 2012-02-23 11:41

    I feel that at least there is plan in place. Poverty and giving every individual a decent standard of living is not going to happen over night. Yes, there are still gaping holes in service delivery in some areas and yes, there are still many without decent homes, but at least there is a vision to create a platform to help people help themselves. You've just got to wonder, though, for how much longer a country can be run well, financially, if the expectation of the people is entitlement while the top brass get paid huge salaries and receive so many benefits. With my tongue in my cheek I must also ask what the Eastern Cape is doing about job creation and poverty alleviation? How many residents in the Western Cape are unemployed, poverty stricken and came from the Eastern Cape looking for work and are now complaining about lack of facilities?

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