ANC Gauteng Legislature
Life quality for Tshwane residents on the high

Life quality for Tshwane residents on the high

3 October 2013

Better things are still come in Tshwane as the resident`s quality of the lives is set to soar, Gauteng and City of Tshwane joint sitting of Caucuses heard today.

Tshwane Municipal Whips and Gauteng Provincial Caucus Portfolio Chairpersons reported on a number of achievements. Most notably were achievements in the areas of better management of the municipality, improved revenue collection and financial stability, economic growth and social development interventions.

Tshwane Municipal Public Accounts Committee Whip Tito Khalo, dismissed as malicious lies that the city of Tshwane was technically bankrupt or facing financial crisis as it has been alleged by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA).

"The city has received unqualified audit report with 5 areas of emphasis and we are now well on our way to a clean and unqualified audit report. The city is on the forefront in terms of providing feedback in terms of service delivery achievements and this can be judged on the sizes of our capital projects approved by council, operating budget of the municipality and highlights of achievements to date," said Khalo.

Tshwane Council approved R21.1 billion for the Medium-Term Revenue and Expenditure Frame (MTREF) for the 2011/12 with the operating budget of just under R18 billion and the capital expenditure of a little more than R3 billion.

"Even though the 2011 census suggest that Tshwane has one of the lowers rates of unemployment in the country, we will however continue to seek ways to fight this scourge. Having created 23 000 employment opportunities in the last financial year, that figure is set to reach 30 000 in this one," he said.

Speaking on the Provincial Economic Transformation efforts, Nokuthula Sikakane; Chairpeson of Agricultrue and Rural Development Chairperson, major economic initiatives were affot in the municipal area.

"The ANC has committed itself to growing the economy which must result in the growth of jobs as well. A number of economic development projects such as Maxum Incubator; Climate Innovation Centre; Start-Up Support; M Lab; Open Innovation Solutions Exchange; and Visitor Information Services Strategy have been implemented in the City of Tshwane;" said Sikakane.

She said a Nissan Investment Support programme which includes incubation, infrastructure development, an automotive supplier factory and a training centre has been implemented in Rosslyn to promote manufacturing and local economic growth in the automotive industry.

"An Agri-Park has been established in the City of Tshwane focussing on flowers, vegetables and essential oil plants, improved roads infrustucrre has ensured easy passenger mobility and this contributes immensely in economic growth. We also have a programme aimed at regeneration of Old Industrial Parks, including repositioning the Ga-Rankuwa Hotel School has been implemented in Ga-Rankuwa," she said.

Substance abuse also received prominient attention. Gauteng ANC Caucus Social Transformation Cluster Chairperson Mike Madlala said progress has been made in the implementation of an integrated substance abuse strategy to reduce high incidences of this scourge in our society. Policies and programmes to eradicate gangsterism and gender based violence have also been implemented.

"The non-classification of Nyaope as an illegal drug is a serious challenge and obstacle in the fight against drugs, a summit was held in March 2013, to find ways to address this issue," said Madlala

Minster Lulu Xingwana, Deputy Ministers Gert Koornhof, Gwen Ramokgopa; MECs Hope Papo, Ntombi Mekgwe, Barara Creecy, Eric Xayiya and Mayors Kgosiensho Ramokgopa and Mondli Ngungubele joined leaders of the ANC in Gauteng in a door-to-door consultation of residents.

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