“Nothing new in Premier Makhura’s SOPA”

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It is not surprising that there is nothing new in Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address (SOPA). This is the sentiment of Gauteng Democratic Alliance (DA) leader Solly Msimanga.

“We have heard similar promises before of our township economy being revitalized and instead of proactively investing and empowering our entrepreneurs through the current Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP), a new bill is now being introduced.”

Msimanga said while Gauteng is supposed to be the economic hub of South Africa, unemployment particularly amongst the youth is at the highest.

“In his speech, Premier Makhura claims that the province has exceeded the target set of creating 3228 jobs and instead created 3440 jobs but the Stats SA statistics show a different picture of our unemployment which is now sitting at 37%. So, who is the Premier fooling?”

He added that they are tired of hearing about the establishment of various war rooms as these rooms do not yield any results and are just a waste of our taxpayers’ money .

“The Tshepo 1 Million programme is meant to create employment opportunities for our youth and should be implemented in all departments, yet we only have the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development that reports on this goal and does not meet the job creation goals set.”

“Premier Makhura, the time for talk is over – it is time to start doing. Our residents cannot wait another two more years for all your pipe dreams to become reality.”

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