ANC Gauteng Legislature
Service delivery visible - ANC Caucus

Service delivery visible - ANC Caucus

26 September 2013

The African National Congress (ANC) led Government is responding adequately towards the delivery of the public transport infrastructure and users must pay for it, ANC Caucus said today.

Economic Transformation Cluster Chairperson of the ANC Caucus in Gauteng Mbongeni Radebe said the ANC`s approach towards growing economy has shown visible achievements which has resulted in the creation of jobs. This is evidence in the quality of roads the province has delivered.

Speaking at the joint sitting of the ANC Caucuses of Gauteng Provincial Legislature and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Council as part of the ANC Provincial Legislature`s Community Outreach Programme, Radebe said the Gauteng road infrastructure ranked amongst the top 10 in the world and this bode very well with the provinces economic growth.

"Easy passenger mobility contributes immensely in the growth of the economy. This has been witnessed by the increase to about 1.2 million passengers who are now using Gautrain buses on monthly biases. This means there are now over 350 000 commuters using Gautrain buses as direct result of the infrastructure development as art of the Durban-Free State- Gauteng corridor to promote shared industrial production and business growth," Radebe said.

"This infrastructure requires sustainability and economic growth brought about by ensure shared industrial production. This must be paid for by users. We welcome the signing into law of the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill by President Jacob Zuma yesterday," he said.

Other developments include on the economic front include the Provincial Government`s improved service provide payment levels.

"The focus has in that the ANC Government in Gauteng has reached a scale of 90% invoices being paid with the 30 day period. The department of Health is currently standing at around 80% payment within 30 days. This is a welcome intervention by the ANC because this delay in payment have a negative impact on the SMME`s that are then forced to go under which become a drawback to job creation," said Radebe.

Meanwhile, Social Transformation Cluster Chairperson Mike Madlala has announced marked improvements in the area of education as part of the ANC intervention.

"The Early Childhood Development Centres are a key component of the Bana Pele Programme (Putting our children first). As part of poverty alleviation the number of no-fee schools has been increased; the School Nutrition Programme is implemented in quintile 1 & 2 schools. Learners are receiving the Dignity packs in school. 1250 School uniforms were given to deserving learners in Tembisa, Villa Lisa, Katlehong, Reiger Parka and Tokoza.

"Across Ekurhuleni and the whole province the Secondary Schools Intervention Programme (SSIP) has been implemented. Through this programme learners in underperforming schools are provided with extra tuition," Madlala said.

Madlala said other initiatives include the infrastructure development projects in schools in order to increase access to education, address overcrowding, poor infrastructure and security in schools;

  • The Chief Albert Luthuli Primary # 2 School in Ekurhuleni North has been completed.
  • The following schools are under construction for completion in 2013/14, Palmridge/Eden Park Secondary School (Ekurhuleni South) and Phomolong Primary School Ekurhuleni North.
  • The fencing of Duduza Primary; Isibonelwesihle Secondary in Duduza and Letsha Primary in Daveyton will be completed early in 2014.
  • The rehabilitation of Alberton High School, Inxiweni Primary School, Benoni, Junior School, Asser Maloka Secondary and Hoerskool Kempton Park is in progress.

Senior ANC leaders including Provincial Chairperson are expected to join the Caucus Chief Whip Brian Hlongwa who will be inspecting some of the development projects in the region meet residents in the Door-Door Campaign. The chief Whip will together with the regional leadership on the ANC address members of the community at a public meeting at kwa-Dukathole in the evening.

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