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									ADDRESS        BY    GAUTENG        PREMIER,       MS     NOMVULA
MOKONYANE, ON THE OCCASION OF THE PRESENTATION
OF    THE     POLITICAL       REPORT        TO    THE     GAUTENG
PROVINCIAL LEGISLATURE


15 JUNE 2012


Madam Speaker

The Chief Whip

Honourable Members of the Legislature

Residents of Gauteng

Distinguished Guests

Ladies and Gentlemen



It is fitting that we present this report on the eve of one of the most
significant day in the political history of South Africa. It was the
day on which the voices of young Black South Africans refused to
be muzzled anymore. It was the day on which the youth loudly
declared for the world to heed that enough was enough of racial
oppression and apartheid rule. On this day the masses of this
country dared the might of the apartheid forces and took a
decisive step towards freedom, equality and justice for all. Indeed,
June 16, 1976 was a watershed moment in the South African
history.
Tomorrow      will   be     a   reaffirmation   of   a   month-longing
commemoration and celebration of the June 16 massacre. It will
be exactly thirty six years since the youth revolution took place.
June 16, as the day on which the course of our history changed,
will forever be etched in the hearts and minds of our people.


The month of June is also important because, we are also
celebrating more than half a century of the adoption of the
Freedom Charter in 1955 in Kliptown during the Congress of the
People – the authentic one.         It is this brilliant document, the
Freedom Charter, which laid the foundation for a constitutional
democracy that today we all cherish.


We are also celebrating a century of the existence of the oldest
liberation movement, the African National Congress. It is therefore
no coincidence that the African National Congress centenary
torch of freedom has been presented to Gauteng and will travel to
farms, township, suburbs, towns and cities of our province.


Being a member of the African family, we will, together with our
fellow Africans in the continent, be celebrating Africa Public
Servant Day. This is necessary because it helps to promote
ethical   conduct,        professionalization   of   public   service,
accountability and sound financial management practice in
government.


Madam Speaker


Today, South Africa is counted amongst the progressive nations
of the world. Her people who were once forcefully separated on
the basis of skin pigmentation live side by side. The oppressor
and oppressed, people of diverse cultural orientation and
ideological inclination equally bask under the sunlight of the new
constitution, the product of a protracted brutal struggle. Our
constitution is world renowned and guarantees basic rights and
freedoms for all. It is a supreme document that we should all
commit to defend and fight for with the same vigour and valour
that we displayed fighting the demon of racial segregation and
oppression.


Despite the existence of the constitution, there still exist the
challenges of racism and equality in various facets of our society.
We still have amongst us highly conservative members of our
society who utterly refuse to embrace the reality of equality of
man.


Moreover, as a developing nation straddling the divide between
integration and disunity, we are constantly hamstrung by the
festering wounds of racial disharmony. The ghost of deep-seated
racial prejudice, stereotypes and silent misplaced anger and
distrust as a result of historical racial polarisation is haunting us
every day of our lives. We need to exorcise this ghost in order to
free ourselves from its devastating effects. We need an open and
frank conversation as a nation that will heal us from these
demeaning subconscious racial notions, myths and stereotypes
we harbour about one another. Our endeavours towards building
a united and cohesive nation will always be obstructed as long as
we fail to candidly confront concealed bigoted views of one
another. It is for this reason that we support the government call
for a national social cohesion Indaba. We believe it will go a long
way in healing the nation by providing a space for ventilation and
expression of honest opinions on matters of building a cohesive
society.


Madam Speaker


When we came into office in 2009 general election, we carried the
hopes and aspirations of the people of Gauteng. The residents of
Gauteng in no uncertain terms gave us a very strong electoral
mandate to implement. It is the mandate to build more prosperous
and inclusive society as well as addressing poverty and inequality.
However, we are aware of the various set of circumstances that
have a real potential of hindering the achievement of this
mandate.      These   circumstances demand      a   high   level of
commitment, innovation and drive to achieve what we set out to
achieve. Chief amongst these is the adverse impact of global
recession on growth rates, employment levels, private investment
and trade; the worrying decline in public revenue and growing
concern over accountability, performance, service delivery levels,
and lack of sensitivity and responsiveness on the part of some of
our employees when dealing with members of the public as well
as effective communication.


We further identified spending patterns characterised by poor
financial control environment and high accruals in some
departments as a matter of great concern to us. The tendency to
place accent on strategy and policy development at the expense
of pragmatic implementation is also an impediment. And the
prevalence of a context of severe budgetary constraints and hard
choices that had to be made is a serious matter of concern to us.


I believe that our endeavours will be fully comprehended, if these
variables and their context are appreciated. With this insightful
understanding, there is no doubt in my mind that the often rush
and emotional conclusions that we sometime draw about the
government performance will be avoided. Instead, in its place
relevant and objective tools of analysis will be used and inevitably
resulting in meaningful, balanced and insightful statement of
conclusion.


Madam Speaker
This year, the current administration is almost two years away
from the end of its term of office. The three years in office have
been used dutifully to fulfill the mandate given to us by the people
of Gauteng. As I indicated, this mandate which derives from the
2009 election Manifesto of the ANC forms the basis for the
provincial government’s strategic outcomes that we seek to
achieve. These outcomes, which I believe are well known in this
house, are worth mentioning as follows:
      Creating decent work and building a growing, inclusive
       economy
      Promoting quality education and skills development
      Better health care for all
      Stimulating rural development and food security
      Intensifying the fight against crime and corruption
      Building cohesive and sustainable communities
      Strengthening     the   developmental    state    and   good
       governance


It is these outcomes that assist us to stay on track as we execute
our tasks.   Even when we conducted our midterm review we
sought to establish how far we are from the expressed goal of
attaining the outcomes, the mandate and the public commitments.
Based on the evidence and analysis of the review process we
have used the findings to effect the necessary adjustments aimed
at improving performance to 2014. In fact, the review process has
helped us to promote project reviews and implementation as well
as identifying areas for policy review.
Having done this, we now understand which areas require special
attention and what type of intervention mechanisms should be
applied.


Honourable Members
As we look back at the ground we covered during our journey
since we came into office, it becomes crystal clear that the
journey has been fraught with challenges and hard-earned
successes. But it is the challenges in the main that kept us on our
toes and gave us the drive to work tirelessly for tangible change in
the lives of our people.


Every day of our work and wherever we go we are constantly
reminded of the stark reality of misery still experienced by our
people. This reality which keeps men and women who are
servants of the public awake is nothing compared to the swollen
face of an abused woman, the desperate cry of a hungry child, the
distressed figure of the unemployed and the anguish of the
homeless. The trust and hopes of the poor are pinned on the
honourable members who are gracing this esteemed house. We
therefore shall not dare neglect our responsibility and commitment
because that will be an unforgivable betrayal in the eyes of our
people. And we shall not dare stretch the patience of our people
by continuing to conduct ourselves in a manner that is self-serving
and does not advance their cause. If it is the public respect and
admiration we desire, we must show the same energy in the
execution of our duties as the energy shown in canvassing for
their votes. It is therefore incumbent upon us to continue to serve
with honour, respect and zeal that our duties demand of us.


Madam Speaker


In the three years of our journey, beside the challenges
mentioned earlier, we also had to deal with an increasing demand
for housing, an ever increasing number of people entering
Gauteng and overwhelming demand for public primary health
care. With the slump in the economy, many people lost their jobs
adding more into numbers of the unemployed. This exacerbated
the challenges of hunger and poverty in our communities leading
to a myriad of social ills.


Regardless       of      the   constraints     imposed   by   limited   and
overstretched resources, we have managed to pull through our
journey in the face of seemingly insurmountable obstacles. We
have, in a nutshell, registered reasonable progress in the
attainment of our strategic priorities.


We therefore would like to present the record of work reflecting
the progress we have made in bringing closer to reality a dream of
a better life for all.


From the onset, let me share with the house and the general
public the findings of the Quality of Life survey which we conduct
every second year through the Gauteng City-Region Observatory.
The GCRO is a collaborative between the University of
Johannesburg,         University    of   the     Witwatersrand,   Gauteng
Provincial Government and organised local government in
Gauteng. In 2011 the survey had a sample of just less than 17
000 residents of Gauteng, the largest social survey of its kind.
This allows us to analyse many findings at ward level. The
questions cover a variety of issues ranging from values and
attitudes, transport and demographics, migration and decent work
to many other critical areas. In terms of the findings of the survey:
95% of the sample had water at RDP levels and 92% have clean
water piped into their dwelling, or onto the site of their dwelling.
This has far reaching implications for health, safety and dignity for
our people. In a province growing at nearly 3% a year, to have
caught up with the backlog in this way is remarkable.


On housing, 80% of respondents live in brick or concrete
structures on their own plot. Some 12% of sample respondents
live in dwellings below RDP standards indicating that we still have
challenges to meet as a result of in-migration that occurs on a
daily in Gauteng. Over time, density will become a key concern for
us. We live in the province with the smallest surface area but with
the largest population numbers. Densities are currently restricted
to either city-centres or apartheid-era townships. Medium density
suburban living is key to future development so that we do not see
the urban edge continually sprawl and eat into the green spaces
that are so key to the Gauteng City-region.


Sanitation is an area where we still have work to do, with 80% of
respondents having their own RDP-level private sanitation, but the
remaining 20% have to share their sanitation facilities. Many of
these delivery and development challenges are more pronounced
municipalities such as Westonaria. However, levels of satisfaction
with a range of services – energy, water, sanitation, roads and
amongst others are all around the 80% mark for the province as a
whole.


Transport reflects another set of challenges and successes.
Public transport access in Gauteng is reasonably good. Almost
three-quarters of households live within 10 minutes’ walking
distance of a public transport service, and 95% live within a 30-
minute walking distance. Overall, cars and taxis carry equal
numbers of people to work in Gauteng. However, mode use
varies across municipalities: cars dominate in the higher-income
municipalities of Midvaal, Tshwane, Johannesburg and Mogale
City, while taxis dominate elsewhere. Travel times vary slightly
across metros: commuters in Tshwane travel longest to get to
work, but shortest to shopping places. Johannesburg residents
take longest to get to shopping. Non-metro areas seem to fall into
two groups: areas with longer travel times, including Randfontein,
Emfuleni, Lesedi, and areas with shorter travel times.
Satisfaction with transport, in general, is highest in Midvaal,
Merafong, Lesedi, and Randfontein municipalities, despite having
below average public transport coverage and travel times.
Satisfaction is lowest in Ekurhuleni, Johannesburg, and Mogale
City. Expectations might be different in metro and non-metro
areas. When public transport users were asked for the main
problems they experience, people in the metros were more
concerned with the high cost of transport, rude drivers and
passengers, and unreliable service. In non-metro areas, problems
with unroadworthy vehicles, reckless driving, and rudeness
dominate, consistent with high taxi use. Most people do not
consider crime and security as a major problem. This is key, since
these are all problems that can be solved, and fairly easily.


About half of trips to school are made on foot, car, taxi and bus or
BRT of decreasing importance. Transport conditions require many
children to leave home very early: more than 40% of children
using taxis and buses leave home more than an hour before the
bell.


Safety and security have improved. In 2009, almost half of
respondents told us that crime was the main problem facing their
community. In terms of the official statistics this has dropped to
35%.


However, on the negative side, drugs and alcohol are rising
rapidly on the list of main problems facing our communities, and
we need a far more proactive strategy to address both these
societal poisons.


The economy is still growing, and creating jobs. Inequality is
dropping which is a remarkable progress in a developing country
going through a recession. However, poverty remains a problem.
Almost a fifth, 17%, of respondents in 2009 but reaching 20% in
2011 had to skip a meal in the year before being interviewed due
to lack of money to buy food. In 2009, 13% of respondents had no
money to feed the children in the household and this rose to 18%
in 2011. In simple terms, every fifth person you walk past may be
unable to feed their children tonight. This is an affront to all of us.


The residents of all races, ages and sexes overwhelmingly agree
with the statement that ‘corruption is the biggest threat facing our
country’. Dissatisfaction with all three spheres of government is
very high 37% with national, 44% with provincial and 48% with
local government. We have to work hard to win back popular faith
in politicians.


A feeling of alienation and mistrust of politicians is high. Attitudes
are hardening too, with an absolute majority, about 55%, reject
abortion under all or any circumstances such as where the baby is
the result of incest, while over a third of respondents told us all
‘foreigners’ should be repatriated immediately.


The quality of life in Gauteng has risen from 6.24 to 6.25 over the
last two years, using our multivariate measurement tool.
Randfontein has overtaken Midvaal as the municipality with the
highest quality of life and Westonaria with the lowest. Of the great
cities making up the Gauteng City-Region, Tshwane and
Johannesburg are performing extremely well, but Ekurhuleni is
not, not least because of the impact of the global recession on its
local economy.


Gauteng remains a great place to live, work and recreate. Quality
of life is high for the majority of citizens. Many of the negatives of
2009 such as crime, service delivery challenges have been dealt
with, but we are still in a global recession, unemployment remains
stubbornly high especially if you are young, black and female.
Consequently, politicians are bearing the brunt of hostile attitudes
on the ground.


Considering the totality of the findings, the survey shows massive
gains in the fight against crime, service delivery, and quality of life.
As the servants of the people our job is to listen to people, hear
their complaints, and make sure our budgets and our plans are
geared to meeting the needs of the most vulnerable and who are
driving this bustling, exciting economy that contributes 34% of
national GDP.


Madam Speaker


In the last state of the province address, we announced various
flagship projects geared at promoting development and growth in
Gauteng. We are making progress since most of these projects
are at different levels of development.


On the maize triangle revitalization whose aim is to improve food
security, reduce poverty and create jobs, we have provided 150
small holder farmers with production inputs such diesel, seeds
and fertilizers and 21 farms received infrastructure support. As a
result 1488 hectors of maize fields were planted in Gauteng by
small farm- holder. Technical support and training through twenty
extension officers and eight mentors is also provided. In Agro-
processing the construction of Feed milling plant has been
completed in Ekandustria and 250 tons of yellow maize has been
delivered to the Super Grand Feed Milling plant. Five tons of
animal feed produced per day and sold to farmers and
cooperatives. We have secured an export market in Zimbabwe
with a supply of 32 tons per week and we are currently negotiating
contract to supply in Mozambique.
In order to make broadband widely available and accessible, we
have embarked on the G-Link project. To date, a Transaction
Advisor has completed the core components of the initial phase of
the project, including the logistical, regulatory, technical and
financial considerations of a project of this nature.       This will
enable the accelerated implementation of this project.


Together with the Department of Communication, we have
developed a project on the concept of a Smart City, which is part
of our endeavor to drive Gauteng economic development through
ICT. The Smart City will be a multi-sector development that will
leverage on the high capacity network that was commissioned for
supporting the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) used for the
2010 FIFA World Cup.


The facility will house a number of ICT initiatives to attract foreign
trade and investment. These include amongst others, a Business
Process Outsourcing (BPO) Centre that will see multinational co-
operations migrating their operations into the centre. This will also
lead to the establishment of a data centre service that will ensure
that i-cloud computing becomes a reality; a multi-media centre; a
film centre and a telecommunication exchange centre.


The Constitutional Hill project is also progressing very well. Plans
to expand the complex further have been developed. These will
include the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory; Heritage,
Education and Tourism Centre. To date spatial planning and
financial feasibility have been concluded and a development
agreement                                                     signed.


National government has proposed a Durban-Free State-Gauteng
freight and logistics corridor to ensure the effective movement of
goods and services across the three provinces. In Gauteng, we
are linking to this key initiative by developing a number of freight
and logistics hubs in our province. In the short term, we are
working to strengthen the City Deep terminal and are moving with
deliberate speed to develop the Tambo Springs hub. In this
regard, a master plan has been completed to enable provision of
bulk services. Engagements with Transnet are underway to
establish the necessary rail links. Feasibility studies for the West
Rand and Sentrarand logistics hubs have been completed.


On Mixed Housing development which is geared at building more
inclusive communities, there are 26 903 stands that have been
completed and 23 293 houses that have been constructed. This
includes both Metro and district municipalities. The breakdown of
delivery is as follows:


City of Johannesburg
      2433 stand completed and 1192 houses completed in
       Lufhereng
      9895 stands completed and 9950 houses completed in
       Cosmo City
      2843 stands completed and 2843 houses completed in
       K206


Sedibeng
      300 stands completed in Obed Nkosi


Ekurhuleni
      963 stands completed and 873 houses completed in Chief
       Albert Luthuli


Tshwane
      3204 stands completed and 1170 houses completed in
       Thomtree View
      5970 stands completed and 5970 houses built in
       Olievenhoutbosch


West Rand
      725 stands completed and 725 houses completed in Chief
       Mogale
      570 stands completed and 570 houses completed in
       Mohlakeng


The Sedibeng Regional Sewer scheme which deals with the
construction of a new sewer plant and upgrading of the existing
network has been approved and the feasibility study has also
been completed. Some government departments have already
been approached for funding and the value of confirmed
committed funds include R1.29 billion by DWEA, R400 million by
National treasury and R500 million by Provincial treasury.


Coming to Gauteng Green Economy Programme, the wide scale
gas distribution for household and industry is underway. We
identified 260 taxis for conversion into gas use and trained 12
technicians. Solar Off-Grid Power generation at Winterveldt with
50 homes of indigent having benefited is operational. We are
planning Waste-to-Energy using clean technology with the first
pilot in the West Rand. Waste beneficiation with funding of buy-
back centres in City of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni and West Rand
established; 51000 Moringa trees planted in Moloto area and
planning for the Climate Innovation centre is being finalized. The
promotion   of   investments    in   renewable   energy      through
independent power producer and Bio-fuel development and
processing is currently underway.


In terms of the Tembisa Renewal plan there are four specific
developmental nodes that have been identified. These are Civic,
Laralla Station, WInnie Mandela and Oakmoor Station nodes.
One of the projects identified as part of relocation of Madelakufa
is the Esselen Park extension 3 housing project and to date we
have installed water and sewer reticulation and upgraded the bulk
water and sewer lines. The development of 1428 houses has
commenced, of which 764 have been allocated to beneficiaries
and 341 houses are now at final completion stage. The first 400
houses were allocated to approved beneficiaries from Madelakufa
2, as per the agreement with Ekurhuleni Metro.


Honourable Members


During the first half of our term of office, we placed strong
emphasis on institutional reform to improve service delivery,
strengthening of finance regime and monitoring and evaluation.
Regarding the institutional reform aimed at maximizing the
effective and efficient utilization of resources to help achieve
outcomes, we have revised the political portfolios and completed
the GPG reconfiguration including the management of labour
relations issues. In the beginning of our term we made an
undertaking that Gauteng government agencies will be reviewed
in order to ascertain their value and role in the pursuit of our
mandate. In this regard, we have completed the review, and the
implementation of a new and slim structure is underway. The
implementation of revised delegations and procurement systems
in GSSC is being implemented. In addition, we have also
reformed the Cabinet System to locate the Premier’s office as the
strategic nerve centre of government.


In strengthening the finance regime, we had to take the unpopular
decision to bring a halt to wanton wasteful expenditure and other
related matters. Through Operation Bhadala, we have reviewed
most of the contracts and prioritised the payment of SMMEs. With
the introduction of cost-cutting and austerity measures by our
activist Treasury, we have curbed on unwanted runaway accruals
and achieve remarkable improvement in audit outcomes.
We also indicated that the notion of short-termism in planning will
be a thing of the past. We are in a business of building a brighter,
bigger   and    smarter    Gauteng     for   generations    to   come.
Consequently, long-term planning is now the inherent part of our
operations because we realised that for Gauteng to be amongst
the best economic regions of the world we have to effect change
in area of planning and implementation. The reality points to the
fact that countries and regions that have focused on long-term
plans and their rigorous implementation are reaping the benefits.
In line with this fact, we have established the Gauteng Planning
Commission and the Gauteng Advisory Council to drive the issues
of future development and growth. If Gauteng and the wider GCR
is to fulfil its promise, we must embark on long-term planning that
is owned and driven by all of us. Planning for our collective future
requires the input of all, as full participants in this journey. To this
end we have launched the G2055 discussion document and we
encouraged public participation in shaping the Gauteng vision
they wish for. This process will be rolled out in full scale before the
end of this year.


Madam Speaker


We made a commitment that education will be a priority and
therefore our efforts will be directed towards improving the state of
education in this province. Today, Gauteng has the highest
percentage in the world of girls attending school. In our schools
we had a gross enrolment ratio of 84% in primary and 83% in
secondary schools by 2010. In the year 2000 a total of almost
106 000 learners started Grade 1 and 79 000 of these learners
reached Grade 12. We have to date awarded 1335 bursaries to
deserving learners and the number of people who matriculated in
Gauteng increased by 10.22% from 2009 to 2010.
Our plan to universalize Grade R by 2014 is on track. We have
over 88% of public primary schools with at least one Grade R
class. In fact the delivery of Early Childhood Development (ECD)
sites has increased. We have registered almost 350 000 sites for
ECD and trained about 3000 practitioners since 2009.
The number of teachers trained in foundation and intermediate
phases has increased and the emphasis is on mathematics,
science and technology. Owing to the decline in language
proficiency and literacy, we have implemented a strategy targeting
792 schools and the results are slowly beginning to show. Over 1
million learners are benefiting from our nutrition scheme and more
than 1000 no fees schools operating in Gauteng. The school
safety strategy is being implemented in numerous schools and
linked to police stations.


In terms of school infrastructure we earmarked 36 schools for
opening and to date we have opened 28 of which 5 were brick
and mortar and 23 were mobile schools. This includes 789
laboratories provided in under-performing schools. Clearly, this
proves our unwavering commitment in providing quality education
in public schools. However, it must be pointed out that the
attainment of this goal is dependent largely on the nurturing of a
healthy partnership amongst all the role players in society.
On the health front, a turnaround strategy has been implemented
as agreed with the national Ministers of Finance and Health. The
interventions adopted by the Gauteng Provincial Government to
normalise the situation in the Department of Health has started to
bear fruit. A significant increase has been realised with
outstanding payments to service providers and we are continuing
to improve payments so that our liability towards service providers
stands at zero, except in cases where there are outstanding
queries.
I am also pleased to announce that engagements with Medical
Supplies Depots (MSD) resulted in an increase and consistent
supply of essential medicines to communities. We will continue
with the turnaround of the Department of Health with our primary
focus being on reducing accruals, and improving financial
management and supply chain management principles. We will
also focus on processes to reengineer the Medical Supply
Depots.


Towards the achievement of the outcome of a better health for all,
the maternal mortality rate is at 144 per 100,000 live births,
showing good progress towards Millennium Development Goal
target of 100 per 100,000 live births by 2014. We have recorded
71% of mothers and babies who receive post-natal care within 3
days of delivery, against 25% set target and Prenatal Problem
Identification Programme (PPIP) implemented in 54 of a total of
58 institutions.


As a result of intensive and well coordinated educational
campaigns against AIDS and HIV driven by government and its
social partners, the rate of AIDS deaths has dropped from 38.5%
in 2009 to 35% in 2011. The Anti-retroviral treatment (ART)
facilities delivered has increased to 310 with a total of over
500 000 people registered on ART. Since the introduction of dual
therapy mother-to-child transmission of HIV has been further
reduced from 15% to 5.2%. This is as the result of 100% uptake
of Nevirapine in neonatal units. The target to reduce TB defaulter
rate to 5% has been achieved and TB cure rate is 81.4% against
the 82% target.


Since we extended the operational hours of Community Health
Centres (CHC) and Clinics, there is an increase in the number of
people who are now accessing services rendered by these clinics
and centres. All of the CHC have a resident doctor dedicated to
the provision of high quality services.


Honourable Members, Ladies and Gentlemen


Gauteng, for some time now, has been known as the haven for all
kinds of criminal elements. Our image has been tainted as the
result of such a perception reinforcing a sense of insecurity and
vulnerability amongst our residents. As government we resolved
that we must do everything in our power to change this perception
by fighting and combating crime wherever it shows its ugly face.
We resolved that we have to tear into its body like the birds of
prey do to a carcass.       This was achieved, amongst others,
through the strategy of deploying our law enforcing agents in all
the street corners, byways and highways of our towns and cities;
the incidents of serious crime has reduced. Police visibility
brought back some level of comfort and security amongst our
people. We are now focusing on the use of technology around
monitoring and law enforcement by forming partnerships with
various bodies. Over 90% of Community Policing Forums are
operational in Gauteng. Patrollers have been deployed at schools
and Tourism Safety Ambassadors at Cradle of Humankind and
Dinokeng. We are providing support to 114 identified ‘problem
schools’ to rid them of substance abuse and other forms of
delinquency.


In order to deal with the scourge of violence and abuse against
women and children, we are rolling out safety havens similar to
Ikhaya Lethemba in numerous communities. We have instituted
20 local Green Door sites and local overnight reception site for
women and children who are victims of domestic violence whilst
they await referral into alternative placement. The Men as Safety
Promoters programme has been significantly expanded.
The road safety campaigns are conducted frequently at taxi ranks,
community        centres,    schools   and    factories.   Through     the
implementation of Integrity Strategy, we have achieved 35%
reduction in hotline complaints in a period that spans 2009 to
2011. The initiative to strengthen forensic services is underway.
Regarding other priorities such as the establishment of single
police service and municipal courts we have made limited
progress.


In Gauteng, we have grown the economy, rolled out infrastructure
projects that rival those of our global counterparts, and addressed
a significant portion of the backlogs in basic goods and services
that we inherited in 1994. Our province is described as the
economic heartland of the nation – contributing 34% of national
GDP, while the wider GCR within which our province falls
contributes approximately 43% of national GDP, reflecting the
value   of   this    wider    space    for   national   prosperity.   With
approximately 41.9% of our 11.3 million inhabitants originating
from beyond our province, we are blessed with great diversity,
and a population of people with varied talents and unique
perspectives. This is the potential of the GCR.


During the current term, we attracted investment, both FDI and
DDI, to the value of R3, 9bn, creating an estimated 6,400
sustainable jobs including 1,712 indirect jobs. Tourism revenue
has grown from R21,6bn in 2009 to R26,9bn in 2010.The opening
of Dinokeng Nature Reserve has yielded 4700 direct and 5100
indirect jobs.


Honourable Members


We hosted a Food Security Summit and Food Security Strategy
was adopted and is being implemented. To this end 151
community gardens, 230 schools gardens and 20 300 household
food gardens have been established. Partnerships with Food
Banks were established as part of the Food for All programme
which benefitted 6300 beneficiaries. And we have been able to
launch 4 Food Banks. With the challenges of improving rural
roads still hanging, we are in the process of implementing non-
motorised transport strategy. Shovakalula will distribute 3000
bicycles as a way of addressing the challenge posed by roads
while at the same time indirectly promoting healthy lifestyle
amongst the rural communities. We have recruited more than
1000 rural youth into National Rural Youth Service Corps
Programme.


On building a responsive, efficient and effective local government,
we have experienced fair progress. Tour performance in this term
reflects that 98% of our households (3.2 million) now have access
to safe water, already exceeding our 2014 target, and 86% and
74% of households have sanitation and electricity respectively;
and 64% access to refuse removal which is below target. Through
the Gauteng Integrated Energy Strategy a total of 22 000 solar
geysers have been installed.
There is also plausible progress in implementing Revenue and
Debt Management model in municipalities. The VAT review and
compliance process has been instituted in six municipalities
through the Municipal Finance Support Programme. With
Operation Clean Audit, 80% municipalities received unqualified
audit reports with no disclaimer or adverse opinions. This is due
to   the   Provincial Local Government Turnaround Strategy
implemented    in   2010.   We   adopted    the   Gauteng    Inter-
governmental relation (IGR) framework to promote cooperation
between different spheres of government. Metsweding has been
merged with the City of Tshwane and Merafong incorporated into
Gauteng successfully.
In general, there is an improved financial management and
performance on audit outcomes in Gauteng. We are also
beginning to see good results on effecting 30-day payments and
accruals. In pursuit of clean governance and corrupt-free
environment,    we     are   instituting   mechanism     to   fight
maladministration and corruption. We hosted Gauteng Anti-
corruption summit and the strategy and implementation plan was
adopted.


As a result of the introduction of outcomes based planning,
budgeting and monitoring we have seen improvement in service
delivery performance by our units. In addition, we have introduced
frontline Service Delivery Monitoring to enhance the work and
services rendered by our employees. As far as communication is
concerned, we are strengthening and improving on a regular
basis our strategies to ensure that communication with our people
becomes meaningful and effective. To this end, we have had
numerous outreach programs which are sector specific.


These Public participation programmes have been intensified with
Executive Authorities (EAs) visiting communities at least five
times a year and senior government officials at least once a
month. Also, officials from the Office of the Premier are deployed
in communities three times a week as part of strengthening
relations with communities and identifying early warning signs and
to further give feedback on issues raised by communities during
the Izimbizo programmes. We also conducted open days to
educate communities about government services and how to
access economic opportunities.      We have also launched the
Premier’s Hotline to reinforce our communication efforts resulting
in high percentage of queries being resolved at both the provincial
and municipality levels.
Madam Speaker


The first half of this administration term in office has been very
encouraging and difficult. But we have been able to sail through
the cyclones because of the unwavering support we enjoyed from
this house. It is men and women, sitting here, who tirelessly work
for change and transformation in our society that help to keep us
focused and determined to continue to fulfill our duties.


I would like to express the deep gratitude on behalf of the
Executive Council and the team that give support to our
operations on a daily basis. This team of Gauteng employees
under the leadership of the Director General should be
commended for holding the fort even when all seem futile and
hope gives way to despair. We are truly grateful of your spirit, the
spirit of no surrender.


Dankie. Ngiyabonga.

Issued by the Gauteng Provincial Government

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