Makhura speaks of inequality and economy in SOPA address

By Doug Mattushek - 01 July 2019Views : 434

Gauteng Premier David Makhura delivered the sixth state of the province address on  Monday at the University of Johannesburg in Soweto.

Makhura spoke of the huge wealth discrepancy that exists in Gauteng and the economic transformation in place to bridge the divide.  

"It is here in Gauteng where wealth and opulence exist side by side with acute poverty and hunger,” said Makhura.

"This is the ugly and unacceptable reality that we seek to change. Accordingly, this ANC-led sixth administration will focus on priorities including the economy, and infrastructure development.

"Firstly, as the engine of South Africa's economy, Gauteng needs to do much more to contribute to President Ramaphosa's initiatives on economic recovery, investments, youth employment and the transformation of township economies.

"We will target and enforce procurement by all our government entities from township businesses to the value of 30% of the Gauteng goods budget. We didn't quite get there in the last term, we ended at only 24%, but it was good enough given that this was a new initiative.

"We will also release land and unused buildings to allow those who can create jobs to apply for the leasing of this land from provincial government so that they can start businesses in the townships.”

Makhura went on to say that he has given his MEC’s 100 days to devise their plans, which is in line with their performance parameters.