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									State of the Province Address by Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane
22 February 2010, Gauteng Legislature, Johannesburg

Madam Speaker
Deputy Speaker
Members of the Executive Council
Honourable Leaders of Political Parties
Honourable Members of the Legislature
Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguished guests
The people of Gauteng

Two decades ago a step signalling a major breakthrough in our “long walk to freedom”
was taken. It was a turning point that heralded a new era in the history of South Africa.
That first historic step towards human emancipation, for the oppressed and the
oppressor, black and white, rich and poor, turned into a brisk walk towards the
transformation of the entire socio-political tapestry of our society. This is a journey that
together with the people of South Africa we are determined to travel and complete. We
shall continue on this road until we attain total emancipation from poverty, hunger and
Over the past twenty years of our journey we have encountered numerous obstacles,
challenges and difficulties that we had to negotiate and resolve. We knew that it was
never going to be a smooth journey. As a result, we have learnt valuable lessons and
garnered sufficient experience to continue with our strategic programme to free the
masses of our people from all the vices of racial prejudice, inequality, illiteracy and other

As we celebrate the two decades of Mandela‟s freedom, we are in essence celebrating
the legacy of the Mandela generation given to all of us, black and white, poor or rich,
gay or straight, peasant or landlord and young or old to safeguard. It is a legacy built on
the values of humanity, selflessness, equality and constitutional democracy. It is a
legacy that demands of us, with no options whatsoever, to defend it, uphold it and live
by its doctrine. It is a legacy that has no patience for racial or cultural divisions. In the
main, it is a legacy that seeks to forge national unity and social cohesion amongst the
people of South Africa.

Many of the giants that walked with Mandela in a journey to build one nation in one
South Africa have passed on. However, today we are blessed to have amongst us one
of the stalwarts, Isithwalandwe and a great revolutionary leader who shared the space
and time with those giants.

Madame Speaker and Honourable members of the House, kindly join me in
acknowledging Prisoner 468/64, Ahmed Kathrada, a friend, comrade and fellow
prisoner of Madiba. In his many years of incarceration on Robben Island, he found
hope in some of the little things that we take for granted. In his book, “Memoirs” he
captured how he and others, including Madiba, found meaning in a tiny garden. He
said: “In moments of despondency it was a reminder of renewal, of new life and fresh

We take inspiration from Uncle Kathy‟s generation. This generation is a mirror image of
selflessness, humanity and sacrifice. These leaders have placed national interests, the
interest of all, above personal interests and in some cases, even above their own
survival. It is on these vaules that we want to build a Gauteng that is united, non-racial
and compassionate. We commit to emulate the actions of these leaders.

This year, on Human Rights Day, we will commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the
Sharpeville massacre. We will recall that fateful day when unarmed protesters against
the unjust and humiliating apartheid pass laws were mowed down by the apartheid
forces in Sharpeville. We must use this day and other national commemorative days -
Freedom Day, Youth Day, Heritage Day and the National Day of Reconciliation to forge
national unity by commemorating them together as South Africans.

At this moment, when the world is still reeling from the aftershocks of the devastating
earthquake in Haiti, our hearts and thoughts are with the people of Haiti. We call on all
our people to continue to lend support in the reconstruction of Haiti. May the souls of
the departed rest in peace.

We also remember those of our people who were affected by the floods in Tembisa,
Soweto and other areas. Our prayers go to those who lost their loved ones. We thank
all South Africans who have opened their hearts to help these fellow citizens.

Honourable Members, It is only eight months since we first presented the Program of
Action of the current administration to this house. During that address we stated that
we were going to do things differently while being guided by the strategic priorities of the
government. We made it clear that to effectively drive this program we needed to
realign the organisational structure and review the operations of the government such
that they begin to assist us to achieve the set goals.

We said we would work in a manner that fosters new ethics and promotes a culture of
hard work and respect for the public amongst civil servants.

Since the country was in the tight grip of economic recession, we committed this
government to doing everything in its power to cushion our economy and people from
the effects of the recession.

Indeed we have begun to make strides. As we stated in the report we presented to this
house on 27 November 2009, it is evident that even in this short period we have made
impressive progress in meeting the needs of the people.

We have now passed the planning stage and we are now geared for implementation.
This is the year of action. It is the year for all of us to work together to speed up

We are mindful of the fact that we would not be able to stay on course and achieve what
we set out to attain if it were not for the strong partnership and unequivocal support we
enjoyed from the masses of our people.
Madam Speaker,
Today, we present to the people of Gauteng through their public representatives the
Programme of Action we will implementing in the course of this year in pursuit of our
five year strategic goals. In line with the national government‟s approach, the emphasis
and focus of our activities will be on outcomes. All our energies will be channelled
towards what our people need and not what we think they need.

Our programme is about what we will be doing towards fulfilling our unequivocal
commitment to an improved quality of basic education; a long and healthy life for all the
people; safety and security for all; economic growth that translates into decent work and

improved living standards; vibrant, equitable and sustainable rural communities with
food security for all; infrastructure development and sustainable human settlements;
and a responsive, accountable, efficient and effective local government.

Education is our top priority. Providing high quality education to our people, especially
children will lay a solid foundation to secure a better future for all.

Our vision is to ensure that every learner does well at school and leaves our institutions
with knowledge, skills and qualifications that will give them the best chance of success
in adult life.

We have done a thorough assessment of the education situation and we know what
needs to be done to improve the quality of education. Our intervention will start at the
foundation stage of education to ensure that our children are well prepared to develop
and succeed in the later stages of their education.

In this regard we have initiated the Foundation for Learning Campaign which will focus
on the expansion and quality of Grade R as well as the external assessment of learners
in Grades 3, 6 and 9.

The development of our very young children is a critical phase in laying the foundation
for successful learning and the production of good citizens. We will continue to devote
resources to ECD and Grade R to ensure that we achieve our target of universal access
to Grade R by 2014, increasing the number of learners in Grade R from 78,000 to
118,000 in 2014. This will assist us in ensuring that all learners, including those from
disadvantaged backgrounds, are effectively supported in basic motor and cognitive
skills development.

In the primary school phase we will provide all learners with workbooks containing
content, exercises and tasks for each lesson of the year. Educators will receive daily

lesson plans to support the workbooks. The workbooks are designed to promote quality
learning and teaching under any conditions. This will ensure that learners are
guaranteed curriculum completion and that no learner leaves each grade with a backlog
in learning. This will further improve the child‟s chance of success in higher grades.

We are implementing teacher development programme that focuses on the entire life-
cycle of teaching. The programme focuses on dealing with the induction and support of
new teachers, addressing the critical skills gaps of teachers and the general
professionalism of the teaching force in the province.

We will intensify our secondary school intervention programme, especially to improve
Grade 12 the performance and performance of learners in mathematics and science.

The poor Grade 12 results are the result of wide-ranging systemic problems within the
education department, involving educators, school management, learners themselves
as well as wider socio-economic factors. Historical interventions have achieved
improvements but have been difficult to sustain because of fragmented project
approaches and a lack of adequate resources.

The new intervention will be system-wide and flexible enough to allow for provincial and
district specificities and applications. With greater and more focused attention given to
the foundation and primary stages of education, the system will produce more learners
who are better prepared for Grade 12. We have set ourselves a target to achieve 80%
Grade 12 pass rate by 2014.

The Mathematics, Science and Technology (MST) strategy has been reviewed to
provide a single coordinated, integrated and inclusive approach across all grades. The
revised strategy will build a solid numeracy and literacy base in Grade R and the
Foundation phase and deliver effective Mathematics Science and Technology education
in the Intermediate and Senior phases as well as the FET band. This will provide a

significant post-school stream of new entrants into the economy, directly and via higher
education and training; and ensure that the province has a pool of highly competent and
highly motivated mathematics, science and technology teachers.

Some of our young people in rural and peri-urban areas have to travel long distances,
suffering harsh weather conditions and leaving them little time for homework and
effective learning. We will therefore this year set up a pilot project to establish a
boarding school for deserving secondary school learners in one of our rural areas in the
West Rand. This will go a long way towards ensuring more equitable access to quality
education in our peri-urban and rural areas.

The education of our children is something that must concern all the people and not just
government alone. Parents, community leaders and everybody in communities must
get involved in education. School governing bodies and school management must
create the possibility for communities to play an active role in the affairs of the schools.
It is communities that can guarantee the safety of learners and educators in the schools.
Communities can also take decisive steps to ensure that schools are protected from
unscrupulous liquor traders who operate shebeens and taverns near school premises.

In working towards a goal of achieving a long and healthy life for all we will focus on
improving the effectiveness and efficiency of our healthcare system, providing primary
healthcare services in poor communities, reducing mortality rates and stepping up the
fight against HIV and AIDS and TB.

We have heard the concerns raised by our people on the difficulties they encounter in
accessing our hospitals and other health institutions and we are taking concrete steps to
address them, including eliminating the long queues that we find in some of our
facilities. The concrete steps we are taking include:

          Help desks at the entrance of hospitals to direct patients to appropriate
          Retrieval of patient files from patient records a day before the appointment
          SMS system to remind patients of their appointments;
          Availability of clerical staff at patient affairs from 7H00 until 15H30;
          Decentralisation of patient registration;
          Dedicated queue marshals at all queues within an institution; and
          Automated payment systems;

In the past 6 months, the availability of medication has improved from 85% to 92%.
Through improved monitoring and weekly recording of stock-outs, availability is being
improved even further and we aim to achieve our target of 99% availability of essential
drugs for each facility.

Two mobile therapeutic vehicles have been procured and commissioned to be used for
emergency deliveries of medication to hospitals and clinics. This will assist to maintain
high levels of availability of essential drugs.

We will strengthen the Community Based Health Services (CBHS) by creating health
posts within each voting district. Community Health Workers (CHW) will take
community based health services into the community, for example Directly Observed
Treatments, health promotion, health education, delivery of chronic medication and
referring people to the appropriate facility based health services. Each Community
Health Worker will service between 50 and 150 households.

Three health posts will be established in Ekurhuleni during the 2010-11 financial year,
and the number of fully trained Community Health Workers will be increased by training
3000 new Community Health Workers, which will bring the cumulative total to 6,500.

Service hours have been extended in a number of public institutions to extend access to
healthcare to more people. Extending the hours of service is an important part of

improving access because it enables people to access health care after hours and on
weekends, so that workers, job-seekers and learners are not disadvantaged or
excluded. There are currently 95 Primary Health Care facilities with extended service
hours, including 81 clinics and 14 Community Healthcare Centres.

We will extend hours of service to more facilities over a period of three years. The plan
will see more Community Healthcare Centres, Community Day Centres and mobile
clinics operating after hours. In the 2010-11 financial year, the number of Community
Health Centres with 24 hour service will be increased from 18 to 26 (out of a total of 34).

Improving the efficiency of our emergency medical services is also receiving urgent
attention. We have decided to streamline the EMS to create a single line of command
which will improve efficiencies with respect to response times, better utilisation of
vehicles and monitoring of services.

During the past six months an additional 115 ambulances have been procured,
including two ICU ambulances which have been introduced to deal with critical cases
and 15 rapid response vehicles. More paramedic personnel have been appointed
including 10 advanced life support paramedics, and 23 emergency care technicians.
These interventions will help to improve response times. Ambulances will now be
dispatched from clinics and hospitals.

The provincial government will also procure an additional 121 ambulances, medical
equipment and accessories to meet the demands of hosting the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
This will leave a legacy that will in future cater for similar events and increase the
capacity of emergency medical services.

In November last year we announced that the Gauteng Strategic Plan on HIV and AIDS
had been revised to give more impetus to the fight against HIV and AIDS. The plan
aims to drastically reduce new HIV infections in Gauteng to achieve a target of 50%

reduction in new infections by 2011 as well as prevent death from AIDS by extending
treatment, care and support to 80% of people with HIV.

The number of eligible people for antiretroviral treatment has increased from 185 126 in
the last financial year to 226 253, whilst the number of children on treatment has
increased from 16 029 in 2008/09 to 18 869 in the first six months of 2009/10.

Three additional facilities will be accredited to provide antiretroviral treatment in
December 2010. However, shortage of skilled personnel and infrastructure still pose a

Our programme for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV has resulted in
the reduction of the number of children who are born HIV positive from 9.6% from
January to September 2008, to 6.3% from January to September 2009, which indicates
the efficacy of dual therapy.

This year we will intensify the mass campaign on HIV counselling and testing to extend
the percentage of people who know their HIV status from 51% to 70%. We will increase
the TB cure rate to 80% and all people with TB and HIV will be treated under one roof.
In order to further reduce deaths of HIV positive mothers we will start treatment for HIV
infected pregnant mothers with a CD4 count of 350 or with symptoms regardless of CD4
count. All pregnant women who are HIV positive will be on treatment at 14 weeks of
pregnancy to protect their unborn babies. Antiretroviral treatment will also be
administered on children younger than one year old if they test HIV positive irrespective
of their CD4 count.

We will increase access to anti-retroviral therapy from 247,000 people in December
2009 to 400,000 by March 2011, with an increase in the number of ART sites from 73 to
113 by March 2011.

We are providing community based services for over 35 000 orphans and vulnerable
children including AIDS orphans and child headed households through 208 local NGOs.
These children‟s services ensure that vulnerable children attend school, access social
grants, supply basic meals and provide adult supervision.

Madam Speaker,

While there are encouraging signs that the economy is back on the upswing, the
devastating impact of the crisis is still felt by many, especially the workers who lost their
jobs. Unemployment in Gauteng reached 25,7% by the fourth quarter of 2009. An
estimated 2,2 million (2007 GDSP) people are living on less than $2 per day - this
number would have increased as a result of the economic crisis.

Last year we consulted with key role players in the economy and agreed on the
necessary strategic interventions. We generally agreed that investment in public
infrastructure development should remain one of the key interventions. We will continue
to utilise and promote labour intensive methods in all our infrastructure development
projects to maximise job creation.

Over the next three years the Gauteng Provincial Government will spend 34 billion rand
on infrastructure development. But this amount will not be sufficient to fund Gauteng‟s
infrastructure needs. We have therefore decided to seek alternative funding to cater for
new infrastructure projects including hospitals, schools, roads, bulk services and human
settlements. In this regard, we have mandated the Department of Finance to raise
twenty billion rand from the private sector to meet the demands.

To provide immediate relief to thousands of people who are currently unemployed, we
will in the coming year launch a massive Community Works Programme in the 50
poorest wards in our province. This will provide a critical employment safety net for our

people. Through these programmes we will provide each household in the poorest
communities with a job for 100 days.

The Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) is one of the interventions that we
shall continue to pursue since it has proven to be effective in alleviating the pressures of
unemployment and poverty.

The current phase of the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP) focuses on skills
development. There will be 56 new projects implemented during the 2010-2011
financial year. The projects will include limited to new roads, schools, hospitals, clinics
and community centres, waste management and craft hubs. Through the EPWP we
have already created 120 000 job opportunities of which 66 000 beneficiaries were
women, 960 people with disability and the remaining 48 000.

These direct interventions to create job opportunities will be complemented by actions
to place our province on a new growth path. Our focus will be on industrial policy,
strategic economic infrastructure and the green economy. These interventions will
create more long-term and sustainable jobs. We will continue to support economic
sectors that have the greatest potential of creating decent work and opportunities.

Working with labour and other spheres of government, we will revitalise the
manufacturing sector in Gauteng. Our interventions in this regard will be in the following

      Automotive
      Clothing, Textile, Leather and Footwear
      Transport;
      Capital Equipment;
      Furniture;
      CT;

      Business Process Outsourcing and Off shoring;
      Tourism; and
      Construction

We will as part of the revitalisation of the manufacturing sector work with the private
sector to rehabilitate the Babelegi Industrial Park. It will become a hub for energy
related industry and contribute to the creation of green jobs and economic opportunities
in one of the poorest parts of our province.

To further boost the manufacturing sector, we have completed plans for the
revitalisation of Ekandustria and will interact with national government and the provincial
government of Mpumalanga to complete the transfer of ownership to Gauteng province.

Greater attention will be given to supporting the growth of small, medium and micro
enterprises as well as co-operatives. We will focus on poor communities with the aim of
creating new wealth which will translate into decent work opportunities. Support will
include business development, mentoring, loan financing and other forms of support
that will ensure viability and sustainability of SMMEs and co-operatives.

Cooperatives have a great potential to contribute to improving the incomes of the
poorest and combating unemployment. The service delivery model for Chris Hani
Baragwanath Hospital now incorporates the awarding of contracts to cooperatives to
render services such as cleaning services, gardening, laundry, security, pest control,
plumbing, electronics, painting, general repairs and maintenance. Nine other provincial
hospitals will also procure goods and services from co-operatives.

During the financial year 2010-11 we plan to assist 300 co-operatives with business
development and marketing of their products and services. School uniforms for
deserving children will be produced exclusively by co-operatives.

Our focus will be on supporting small and micro enterprises. We are determined to
build strong and viable small businesses and co-operatives which do not only depend
on government tenders and ad-hoc procurement to survive. They must also be in a
position to supply their goods and services to everybody, including big business.
Therefore our support will focus on strategies to assist small businesses improve the
quality of their products, as well as reaching new markets.

An efficient, reliable and dependable transportation system supported by a well
maintained world class infrastructure is essential for a highly industrialised and very
busy province like Gauteng.

Working together with private sector partners, we have committed an amount of R 5.5
billion towards the construction and upgrading of roads over the next five years. This
will yield the construction and maintenance of 1 500 km of provincial roads which in turn
will create job opportunities.

We will upgrade 80 km of roads from gravel to tarred surface and install storm water
drainage in the following areas: Sharpeville; Refiloe; Mamelodi; Atteridgeville; Kagiso;
Katlehong, Mohlakeng, and Orlando. We will undertake the construction of sidewalks on
high volume pedestrian roads within the 20 prioritized townships.

We will be rolling out the Intelligent Number Plate project later this year. The process of
publishing enabling legislation and regulations will be completed by April 2010 and a full
systems rollout and implementation of the intelligent number plates is envisaged for
October 2010. The new system will make it possible to identify vehicles and their
owners, and will put to an end the duplication of number plates frequently used in motor
vehicle theft. We will undertake a roll call of all vehicles in Gauteng to ensure that all
cars are properly registered and licensed.

The improvement of the Driver License Testing Centres is underway with the
establishment of four new centres. This year we will introduce mobile computerised
learner license testing facilities to schools in Gauteng to introduce driving and road
usage skills to grade 11 and 12 learners and assist them in applying for learner

The Gauteng Highway Improvement Project is progressing well and the project will be
completed on schedule. When the project is completed it will be much easier to travel
on Gauteng highways since the bottlenecks and congestion experienced on major
interchanges will be a thing of the past. This will also help make Gauteng more
competitive as a business destination.

The upgrading of Albertina Sisulu highway will be completed by the end of April 2010.
This is a crucial gateway into Gauteng from the OR Tambo International Airport. Along
with this upgrading, we will also complete the beautification of this route, which will be a
crucial route for the FIFA World Cup. The K29 Malibongwe Drive upgrade will be
completed by the end of April 2010. It is an essential link between the Lanseria Airport
and Johannesburg and Tshwane.

The Gautrain, one of our key capital expenditure projects, is still on schedule for
completion, with the Sandton – OR Tambo link expected to be completed in June 2010.
This project has so far created 63 000 jobs.

Building cohesive and sustainable communities is one of the challenges that this
government will continue to tackle head-on. Despite our efforts over the years to
provide decent housing for the people, the complete eradication of slums and informal
settlements remains a challenge.

Gauteng continues to grow substantially, mainly due to growing in migration. Our
research shows that in-migration into the Province continues to grow and has
accelerated in the last 4 years. As a result of this phenomenon, we have seen rapid
growth of our settlements over the past few years. We are concerned that both low cost
housing as well as high cost residential estates continue to grow outside of the urban
edge, leading to sprawling settlements which leads to greater urban inefficiencies.

We simply cannot afford this urban growth model. We will therefore be strengthening
our regulatory instruments to combat urban sprawl. We will be taking stock of available
public land within the urban fabric and use these to create opportunities for people to
move closer to areas presenting economic opportunities. We will increase our outreach
to the private sector to ensure the increase in the scale and better location of inclusive
housing. We will also be considering a number of incentives to the private sector to
bring more holistic settlement development closer to where our people live.

Inner city revitalization in Gauteng is critical for the success of our development
strategies. Working with the municipalities in Gauteng, we will oversee development of
major inner city projects, as well as the development of new business, expanding of
existing business and development of industrial parks. Our key focus for the next five
years will be Germiston, Krugersdorp and Vereeniging.

We will identify suitable public land and property in these revitalization areas consistent
with the urban renewal program. Developers will then be solicited for proposals to
develop the identified properties for any use that achieves our urban renewal outcomes
for each specific area.

Building sustainable human settlements requires the support of appropriate bulk
infrastructure. In this regard we will be establishing a bulk infrastructure programme
which will attend to the urgent upgrading and development of new bulk infrastructure
starting with the Sedibeng Waste Water Treatment Works. This will be a major project

with a potential to further unlock the development of that region; including maximising
social and economic opportunities.

Given Gauteng‟s migration patterns, we will continue to provide various settlement and
tenure forms to allow appropriate dwelling arrangements for our people. These will
include mixed use settlements, low cost housing, serviced sites for informal settlement
upgrading as well as rental housing.

In the next 4 years, we will roll out 180 000 solar geysers, thus reducing our reliance on
electricity for water heating purposes and diversifying our energy mix.

Our Urban Renewal programme will see the completion of existing projects and the
implementation of the Urban Renewal Master Plan for Winterveldt. This will bring much
needed development in one of the poorest settlements in the Province and contribute
towards the consolidation of this area with the rest of Tshwane.

We will continue with our investment programme in the Top 20 Priority Townships. This
year, we will focus our efforts on the fifty poorest wards in the Province, most of them in
the Top 20 Townships. We will provide a basic package of services to these wards,
thus targeting poverty. The support services will include childcare, skills development,
adult basic education, healthcare, food gardens and co-operative development. In this
initiative, we will continue to place people at the centre of their own development,
thereby promoting social capital and inclusiveness. It remains our firm conviction that
poor people, like the rest of society, are the best architects of their development, and
government therefore simply partners them and avails opportunities to fulfill their

Many of our people have told us that they do not feel safe in their homes as a result of
high crime levels. We are committed to deal with crime and the consequences of crime
in our province. The safety and security of our people remains a top priority of this
government. We are all too conscious of the fact that violent crime fuels people‟s fears
and increases their level of insecurity, thus leading to instability.

As a demonstration of our resolve we will work with all the law enforcement agencies
and other spheres of government to ensure that everywhere in Gauteng the people are
and feel safe.

The efforts by the Gauteng Government to track, monitor and evaluate measures that
have been put in place to combat crime in areas that contributed most to the high levels
of crime have yielded positive results.

In the short time that the Gauteng Aggravated Robbery Strategy was implemented there
have been significant successes in a number of areas, especially in reducing violent

Our monitoring and evaluation of the police has pointed to weaknesses in forensics,
resulting in delayed prosecutions. To contribute to the effective prosecution of
criminals, including rapists, we will explore the creation of a partnership with the private
sector to expand Gauteng‟s forensics capacity, including the establishment of a
forensics laboratory.

The Hlayiseka School Safety Programme which is based on proven best practice is
being rolled out throughout the province. This programme involves assisting schools to
establish school safety teams consisting of principals, teachers, learners and school
governing bodies that will be responsible for developing a school specific safety plan.
The plan will involve identifying specific crime and safety challenges facing a school and
developing „early warning‟ mechanisms to respond to these challenges and incidents
quickly and appropriately.

In terms of social crime prevention, the key challenge is the scale at which programmes
are able to function. Effective social crime prevention programmes have to reach
hundreds of thousands of children, young people and their caregivers to be effective.
The current programmes are based on models and approaches that have been proven
to be effective. We will in the coming year focus on the prevention of crimes against
women and children, including the establishment of localised victim support services in
the 50 poorest wards in our province. We will also ensure the establishment of effective
community safety forums and street committees in the most affected areas.

The Gauteng Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention programme was expanded to reach
19 500 young people. These young people have been trained on the dangers of
alcohol and drug abuse, and how to seek or provide help to people who are battling
addiction. In addition, the programme facilitated prison visits so that young people can
get first hand exposure to the nature of prison life.

As part of revising the Social Crime Prevention Strategy, the Department developed a
conceptual framework and engaged in a consultation process with key stakeholders in
2009/2010. During 2010/2011 Social Crime Prevention programmes will be further up
scaled so as to reach more people in the province.

While Gauteng is primarily an urban province, the development of our rural and peri-
urban areas is an important priority if we are to promote equitable development across
our province. We want to overcome the urban-rural divide and ensure that all our
people, whether in urban, peri-urban or rural areas have access to decent services,
infrastructure and economic opportunities.

Rural development and the development of our agricultural sector also lays the basis for
the achievement of our objective to eliminate hunger and guarantee food security.

We will in the next year continue to promote the development of the agricultural sector
and ensure that more of our people access economic opportunities and jobs in this
sector. In this regard, we will support commercial farming and agri-business. We will
facilitate the provision of infrastructure to improve access to markets and the
transportation of goods and services, improve services provided by extension officers
as well as facilitate improved access to finance. We will also interact with national
government to ensure that the Land Bank supports our farmers.

We will continue to support and expand agricultural co-operatives with production
processes and marketing of their products. The eighteen cooperatives that were
awarded contracts to supply food to hospital and social development institutions are all
doing very well. More co-operatives will receive similar assistance this year. We will
support land reform recipients to use their land productively and become viable farmers.

We will also launch the West Rand agricultural training programme, which will provide
agricultural training and capacity building to small and emerging farmers.

To contribute to food security and to help eliminate hunger in our province, we will
expand homestead and community food gardens, with a target of 36,000 household
food gardens and over 900 community and school-based food gardens by 2014. We
will also pay further attention to food distribution.

Madame Speaker,
Last year the Gauteng Provincial Government experienced cash flow problems which
resulted in a number of departments failing to pay service providers on time. We
launched Operation Bhadala to resolve the problem and promised that all outstanding
debt would be paid up by September 2009. So far we have managed to pay 1.4 billion
rand to service providers through the operation. Operation Bhadala revealed certain
systemic problems which we are addressing.

I would like to apologise most profoundly to all service providers whose payments were
delayed. I would like to reassure all of them that we will settle the outstanding debts.

We have made a series of interventions to improve our financial management and
ensure that public resources are effectively deployed in line with our strategic priorities
and programme of action. To this end we have repositioned the provincial Department
of Finance to play a more interventionist role and tightened up controls over
procurement procedures across the provincial government. We have also undertaken a
review of contracts to ensure that these are indeed in line with our priorities.

Two weeks ago we had a meeting with mayors and municipal managers of all Gauteng
municipalities to talk about how together we can improve service delivery. All
municipalities made a commitment and mandated me to state this publicly on their
behalf, that they will urgently attend to the improvement of service delivery. They said I
must tell the people of Gauteng that they will collect refuse every week, maintain water
and electricity distribution infrastructure to ensure uninterrupted supply of services to
consumers and maintain and upgrade roads.

While these issues of delivery of basic services correctly remain the function of local
government, the province will take steps together with them to ensure that they
effectively perform these tasks. I will therefore be convening a follow up meeting with
all municipalities in our province to discuss concrete plans for improving service
delivery. We will agree on minimum service standards to be implemented across the
province and which will be published so that the people can assess our performance.

As part of our efforts to support local government, we will train 1500 officials in scarce
skills for local government. We will also implement revenue enhancement measures for
local government, thus ensuring that our municipalities are financially viable. We will
work with local government towards training and enhancing systems for better
functioning of ward committees.

We will continue to devote resources to empower women, especially those in the
poorest areas. A key focus will be on the economic empowerment of women through
the EPWP, Community Works Programme, cooperatives, small and micro enterprises
and skills development.

Women, particularly black women will be prioritised in the awarding of government
tenders. We will promote women‟s participation in agricultural production, construction,
housing, tourism, the craft sector and other economic growth sectors. At least 30% of
all Gauteng Provincial Government procurement will be awarded to women-owned

The prevention of violence against women and children will receive particular attention.
We will continue to rollout localised victim support services in line with the Ikhaya
Lethemba model, making them more accessible to women and children in need. We
are committed to provide and ensure the effective functioning of the 134 Victim
Empowerment Centres across the province.

Women‟s health services will be stepped up, with a particular focus on HIV and Aids
and TB and the further rollout of ART and the Prevention of Mother to Child

Young people in our province bear the biggest burden of unemployment and
marginalisation. Together with the National Youth Development Agency we will take
practical steps to give young people better access to economic opportunities.

This year 4000 young people will participate in the second phase of the National Youth
Service through the EPWP and receive training in areas such as engineering services
and project management. Further, we will assist them in gaining access to job

Each GPG department will implement at least one National Youth Service programme,
which will start with the Global Youth Service in April 2010.
Further, we will enrol over 4000 young people in training in areas such as Information
Technology, electrical work, plumbing and life skills and expand the learnership and
internship programmes.

We will provide over 3000 bursaries to young people in critical skills areas such as
engineering and medical sciences and ensure that at least 30% of participants in our
artisan training are youth.

As parents and communities we need to inspire our young people to build a better
future together with us. We will mobilise young people to serve as champions of our
national values of caring and to promote national pride, unity and social cohesion. We
will urge young people to be active in the development of their communities and we will
intensify campaigns to prevent substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.

We will marshal our young people in crime prevention, with Youth Crime Prevention
Desks in every police station in the province and the participation of at least 4000 young
people in these programmes.
This year we will mark National Youth Day, June 16, in the midst of the FIFA World
Cup. We must ensure that this is a memorable occasion for our overseas visitors and
that our youth become the country‟s ambassadors in this period.

In a little over three months time we will be welcoming visitors to Gauteng who will be
part of the greatest sporting festival in the world – the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

The implications of hosting the World Cup are very huge for Gauteng. As government
we have done everything to ensure that fans, players, officials, organisers, sponsors

and everybody else who will be part of the World Cup are able to stay and move freely
and safely within Gauteng.

But we have to take note of a very important fact that the true hosts of the World Cup
are the people and not government. Whatever we do to ensure a successful World Cup
we are doing on behalf of the people. It is the people who will socialise with the visitors,
befriend them, entertain them and take them to all corners of Gauteng so that when
they live here they will have sampled the best that our province can offer.

In this regard, last year we launched the Gauteng Gateway 2010 campaign, whose
main objectives are to mobilise the people of Gauteng, as the true hosts of the World
Cup, to take ownership of the event and do what they have to do to give the visitors a
great treat which will make them want to return to Gauteng after the world cup is over as
well as to market Gauteng to the world as the preferred destination for investment,
trade, tourism and competitive sport.

In March we will hold a Gauteng Gateway 2010 Summit which will be attended by
among others service providers and operators in tourism, hospitality, entertainment, art
and others who are interested in showcasing Gauteng to the world. The summit will
discuss what all of us can do to show the best of Gauteng to the visitors and make their
stay in our province most enjoyable and memorable.

We have used the opportunity of hosting the World Cup to step up our infrastructure
and create a lasting legacy for our people.

On Friday I will be joining FIFA and the Organising Committee in a media tour in which
we will take foreign journalists to our match venues and other places of interest in
Gauteng. We hope to convince them that Gauteng, the gateway to the World Cup and
South Africa is ready to host the most exciting football party ever.

Madame Speaker
As the Gauteng Provincial Government, we heed the leadership call made by the
President that we must build and strengthen a “performance oriented government”
made in his 2010 state of the nation address.      In this regard, we will not only pursue
numerical targets in our monitoring system, but will equally pay more focus on the
quality of our outcomes.

We will ensure that our programme outcomes are not a mere acceptance of statistical
targets, but enhance the quality of life of the people of Gauteng. We are convinced that
our civil servants do have the capacity to deliver better in their areas of responsibility.
What we need to do is to deploy them appropriately according to their knowledge,
capability and ability.

We will, through the Gauteng City Region Academy, pursue measures to ensure
ongoing personal development of our public servants so that they can be well equipped
to respond to the challenges of the day.

We will improve our communication with the people and keep them well informed of the
implementation of the programme of action. We will listen to their wise counsel on
things that can help improve our work and we will take corrective action where they
point out weaknesses in service delivery.

But success cannot come from government alone.

We are calling on the people of Gauteng; our social partners, workers, business,
women, youth, students, faith-based communities and traditional leaders to join us in
making our province a better place for all.
In achieving our goal of quality basic education for all:

      Learners and teachers must ensure that effective learning and teaching takes
       place in every public school; classes must start on time;
      Parents must support their children, encourage them to do their homework, make
       sure they are at school on time and help prevent alcohol and drug abuse
      Strengthen School Governing Bodies
      Every community member should take an interest in strengthening local schools
       and seeing to it that all children are in school; report any illegal liquor trading in
       the vicinity of schools and help protect and maintain school property.
In ensuring that more of our people live long and healthy lives, we encourage our
people to:

      Live a healthy lifestyle
      Don‟t do drugs and don‟t abuse alcohol
      Use your local health care facility responsibly and present yourself at an early
       stage when you are not well
      Take your medicines
      Know your HIV status, prevent HIV and Aids, help care for those affected and
       infected and support those who are eligible to access treatment
      Undertake effective family planning and prevent teenage pregnancies

To support the progressive realisation of decent work and inclusive economic growth,
we call on:

      Businesses to help maximise employment opportunities, support for SMMEs,
       cooperatives and skills development in the workplace
      Businesses doing business with government to deliver on time and ensure
       customer satisfaction, in service of the people
      Every young person to take advantage of opportunities for education and skills
      Communities to welcome overseas tourists and show them the best that our
       province and our country have to offer.

In realising our vision where all people are and feel safe and secure, we call on our
people to:

      Report crime in all its forms and support the police
      Don‟t buy stolen goods or illegal imports
      Blow the whistle on corruption in the public and private sector
      Prevent violence against women and children

In realising our vision of vibrant and sustainable rural and peri-urban communities and
food security in our province:

      Support the cleaning and greening of our province
      Start food gardens
      Protect our environment and our natural resources and conserve energy
      Keep your yard and your street clean and don‟t litter

In building sustainable human settlement and improving quality of household life:

      Pay for basic services
      Report illegal connections and wastage
      Comply with bylaws
      Protect community facilities such as schools, clinics and community centres
      Support your neighbours and those in need in your community

In strengthening a responsive, accountable, effective and efficient local government:

      Know your Ward Councillor and your Community Development Worker
      Participate in Ward Committees, IDP processes and community organisations
      Report poor services and work with local organisations and public
       representatives to improve service delivery.
      Madam Speaker
      In closing, allow me to express my appreciation for the leadership and the sound
      programme adopted by the ruling party, the African National Congress, which
      seeks to create a transformed and just society for all. It is this national
      transformation agenda that continues to guide us in all our work in Gauteng. To
      the people of Gauteng, we thank you for allowing us to continue to implement
      this program and pursue our vision. We thank you for affording us the
      opportunity to govern. We thank you for the trust and confidence you have in us.
      This confidence and trust will never be taken for granted. The mandate you gave
      us will never be betrayed. Siyabonga, Hakensa, Thank you!

Together we can do more and better. Let‟s get down to business, Kuyasheshwa!

Together we can do more and better. Let‟s get down to business, Kuyasheshwa!

Dankie, Ngiyabonga


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