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gauteng

After 30 years of poor governance, South Africa and Gauteng have reached a turning point.

 This turning point can be positive and  could mark the beginning of building a new and better dispensation.

The FF Plus is calling on all voters to turn up in droves on election day so that we can start restoring and rebuilding.

10 Focus areas for restoring Gauteng

1. Promoting Christian values

The FF Plus strives to establish a political order based on Christian values which is characterised by the principles of justice, truth, neighbourly love, respect for life, loyalty and a peaceful coexistence.

 

Freedom for all the people of Gauteng. Freedom from unemployment, poverty, drugs, instability, and the freedom to control their own language and cultural heritage.

2. Establishing a coalition government in Gauteng

In the 2019 general elections, the ANC only managed to secure a one-seat majority in the Provincial Legislature. And in the 2021 elections, the ANC failed to secure an absolute majority in the three Gauteng metro councils and one municipality.

 

As with the Tshwane Metro and other city councils, the FF Plus will cooperate to establish a coalition government on provincial level to restore and rebuild Gauteng.

 

The FF Plus undertakes to bring republican principles into such a Gauteng coalition.

 

Provincial functions will not be fulfilled by government alone, but by a multitude of structures of all sizes, each shouldering a part of the responsibility.

 

The vested interests of communities, groups and organisations spontaneously established to achieve their respective objectives will be of great value.

3. Restoring the economy and building wealth in Gauteng

Gauteng is the economic heartbeat of South Africa with 31 cents of every rand earned in this province; and after South Africa, Egypt and Nigeria, it has the fourth largest economy in Africa.

 

Like South Africa, the province currently finds itself in an economic crisis brought on by the ANC government’s poor policy, mismanagement and abuses.

 

Sustainable economic growth in the province is only possible if reliable electricity supply is restored, infrastructure is constructed and upgraded, and local and provincial government departments provide effective service delivery.

4. Restoring power and water supply

Unreliable power and water supply in a densely populated and industrialised province, such as Gauteng, has a negative impact on economic development, traffic flow and residents’ quality of life.

 

Local authorities and households will inevitably rely increasingly on alternative sources of energy.

 

The main cause of large-scale leakages and water wastage is local authorities and the provincial government’s poor to no maintenance of water infrastructure.

 

Through a coalition government, the FF Plus will ensure that the province’s existing water infrastructure is maintained, expanded and effectively managed; and that the Integrated Development Plans of local governments and Rand Water are carefully monitored to ensure that there are plans in place for adequate water supply.

 

Zero tolerance for defaulting municipalities and government departments.

5. Creating a safe and crime-free environment

The level of violence in Gauteng is unacceptable, and serious crime has already taken on drastic proportions.

 

An unsafe Gauteng deters investments. There is an exodus of expertise and crime syndicates are thriving.

 

Under ANC rule, top positions in the South African Police Service are often filled by people from outside the police force, through political appointments, to the detriment of Gauteng.

 

The FF Plus honours all police officers who are loyal and fearless in carrying out their duties, despite the difficult conditions and poor prospects.

 

The party, however, strongly condemns the behaviour of certain police officers – often deployed cadres – who consider themselves to be powerful and above the law.

 

It is crucial to improve the efficiency of crime intelligence to prevent crime.

 

The solution to poor policing in Gauteng lies in the institutionalisation of effective policing.

 

Ineffective policing results in citizens having to pay extra, after taxes, for a basic service which ought to be provided by the authorities as they must rely on private security services.

 

Better allocation and use of resources in the province will deliver better results.

6. Providing quality education and skills development

Gauteng’s Department of Education failed to build enough schools over the last 30 years to ensure there is an acceptable ratio between the number of learners and teachers.

 

Instead, the ANC government targeted successful existing schools and put additional pressure on them with its admission system.

New schools should be built as a matter of priority.

 

The FF Plus proposes a system of parent- and community-driven mother-tongue education. Communities should be enabled to establish community schools with the support of the relevant authorities.

7. Recognising diversity, and promoting arts and culture

Gauteng is characterised by a cosmopolitan diversity of cultures and languages with Afrikaans being the third largest language after Zulu and English.

 

The FF Plus is irrevocably committed to the realisation of communities’, in particular the Afrikaner’s, internationally recognised right to self-determination, territorial or otherwise; upholding, protecting and promoting their rights and interests, as well as promoting the right to self-determination of all communities bound by a common linguistic and cultural heritage in South Africa.

8. Promoting healthcare and social development

Healthcare facilities in Gauteng are on the verge of collapse due to poor planning and project management – with the Life Esidimeni tragedy still fresh in everyone’s memory.

 

Inmigration, illegal immigrants, load shedding and an insufficient budget put even more pressure on the province’s 238 public healthcare facilities, which include hospitals, clinics, morgues and care centres.

 

Load shedding and poor maintenance of facilities by the Gauteng Department of Infrastructure Development only make matters worse.

 

Social assistance and development in Gauteng are also under pressure, mainly due to poverty, inequality, unemployment, inadequate housing, high crime rate, poor education and skills development, poor healthcare, misguided government policies and corruption.

 

Social need is the inevitable outcome of the Gauteng government’s inability to govern the province in terms of its constitutional mandate and grow the economy.

 

So, the current Gauteng government should be ousted on 24 May 2024.

9. Ensuring effective local government

The decline of local authorities in Gauteng should be stopped at once.

Local governments form the foundation of government and should cooperate with, among others, neighbourhood watches, fire associations and school governing bodies to best guide and serve the community. According to the principle of subsidiarity, a function is only escalated to a higher level of government if it cannot be performed by local government.

Service delivery should be brought closer to grass-roots level, metro councils should be made smaller wherever there is a sustainable tax base and sub-councils should be established.

Provincial government should intervene and offer expert support to help struggling local authorities get back on the right track.

10. Infrastructure, roads and housing

In general, the buildings managed by Gauteng’s provincial government are in a poor condition, and local authorities’ service delivery infrastructure is crumbling.

Gauteng’s integrated road network is instrumental in connecting South Africa’s economic heartbeat with other provinces and countries in Africa.

The more than 5 million registered vehicles on Gauteng’s roads, which comprise 38,42% of all the registered vehicles in the whole of South Africa, cause massive traffic jams and congested roads hamper traffic flow.

From the outset, the FF Plus opposed the Gauteng e-toll system, which resulted in enormous fruitless expenditure and debt since it was implemented in 2013. Road maintenance can be financed much more cost-effectively by imposing a local fuel levy.

The FF Plus will strive to maintain and create an expanded and more effective public transport system, which includes rail and bus transport. The party will also endeavour to implement a sustainable housing project which complies with Integrated Development Plans that are in line with local government’s support capacity.

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