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Makhura promises aid to black businesses in Emfuleni but everyone is struggling

The promises that the Gauteng Premier, David Makhura, made last week during a visit to Emfuleni where he addressed small business owners and residents come down to nothing but political propaganda.

Makhura's speech focused solely on the advancement of businesses in black ownership that will, according to him, be prioritised to receive funding from the province.

It is absolutely unacceptable that the rest of Emfuleni's businesses are excluded.

His announcement that the province will withdraw its administrative support from Emfuleni (Evaton, Sebokeng, Vaal Oewer, Vanderbijlpark, Vereeniging) in September will not change the Municipality's dire financial position.

Service delivery in the Municipality, which is currently under partial administration, will only keep deteriorating.

In his speech, Makhura boasted that 21 roads (18,7 km) were repaired under provincial administration, but he failed to mention that there are 1 783 other roads in Emfuleni that urgently need repairing.

In the FF Plus's view, the Premier's timeline for the Mitochondria plant, which is planned for 2023, is another cause for concern. The plan is to build it on a piece of agricultural land that must first be rezoned to industrial land before construction can commence.

Farmers in the area have already indicated that heavy vehicles will cause further damage to their gravel roads and that an industrial plant may cause pollution, which will affect crops.

The FF Plus does not agree with the Premier's speech, which singled out certain individuals while all the businesses in Emfuleni are struggling to keep their heads above water.

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