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After 27 years of ANC rule, the people of Gauteng are much worse off

(Debate on the Gauteng State of the Province Address 2022)

After 27 years of ANC mismanagement, the people of Gauteng are much worse off than before.

The ANC could not even use the fact that Gauteng is the greatest economic giant in Africa to its advantage to create a better life for its people.

Even though the ANC inherited a province with great potential, the current situation is dire – as is clearly evident in the many cases of mismanagement.

Firstly, Gauteng is facing the highest unemployment and crime rates in its history.

Secondly, Gauteng's school system is rigged to achieve the maximum pass rate, at the expense of quality education. Additionally, an unlawful tax, in the form of e-toll, has been imposed on residents.

Under ANC rule, numerous vulnerable persons with disabilities died in the Life Esidimeni scandal, and no-one was brought to book for it.

Under the smokescreen of Black Economic Empowerment (BEE), corruption and the looting of Covid-19 funds took place shamelessly. It also occurred with impunity.

The ANC has done great damage to school communities in Gauteng with its polarising policy on school enrolment, while its poor monitoring of school infrastructure resulted in tragedy at Geluksdal Primary School as well as at the Driehoek and Overvaal High Schools.

Lastly, its failure to create new infrastructure and its poor maintenance of existing infrastructure have dealt a severe blow to the province's economy.

The FF Plus has a problem with the Premier's proposal concerning the ANC's turn-around plan, especially the fact that the ANC is still referring to the old economic development plan, the so-called Growing Gauteng Together 2030 plan, which was compiled long before the Covid-19 pandemic broke out in the province.

The mere fact that the ANC is still relying on this outdated plan shows that it does not have any sensible action plans to turn the deterioration of the province around anytime soon. Thus far, the existing plan has not attracted any new substantive investments to Gauteng.

The ANC boasted about investments in the form of expansion in the special economic zone for automotive manufacturing in the Tshwane Metro, but those investments came from existing businesses.

Apart from other special economic zones, like the East Rand Aerotropolis and Centurion's aviation park, there are basically no new economic activities to speak of.

Premier David Makhura's announcement of investments for the Vaal special economic zone comes as too little, too late and cadres have probably already set their sights on it.

The FF Plus has taken note of Makhura's latest invitation to submit the party's own economic turn-around plan to him and will certainly oblige.

The FF Plus's plans will ensure sensible economic growth and if implemented, it will benefit all the people of Gauteng.

 

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