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MECs visit communities in Gauteng during Post SoPA Imbizo

Lerato Mailoane

Members of the Executive Council (MECs) on Wednesday 07 March 2018 visited various communities in Gauteng to engage residents on Premier David Makhura’s State of the Province Address (SOPA).

In Johannesburg, MEC for Infrastructure Development, Jacob Mamabolo was joined by stakeholders and the ward councilors.

Speaking at the City Hall, Mamabolo said the province is working harder to improve the living standards of the community with accessible infrastructural services and delivery.

“There are more than 20 abandoned government buildings in the inner city, which have become a home to thugs and criminals. He vowed to the citizens that these buildings will be utilized and a potential investment of R7 billion will be spent for infrastructural purposes for the buildings, and this initiative will create jobs to the majority of young unemployed people in the province.

In addition to the prioritization of governmental buildings, Mamabolo said some government buildings in the inner city will be used use to help higher education institution with their student accommodation needs, as students are struggling with the student accommodation.

“We are going to convert these buildings into affordable accommodation to the inner city and we will not allow space for corruption so that these opportunities benefit you the people of the inner city,” says MEC Mamabolo.

MEC for Health, Dr. Gwen Ramokgopa was deployed in Alexandra where she addressed the youth giving them an update on employment opportunities available to them.

“Nearly 460 000 young people have benefitted from the Tshepo one million flagship programme and the call made by President Cyril Ramaphosa for companies to place unemployed youth in paid internships in companies across the economy, will inject momentum to the work already being done through the Tshepo one million programme”.

Addressing the community of Evaton, in the Vaal. MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi also reassured the community that government is doing all it can to ensure the upskilling of unemployed young people.

“An unemployed youth is a dangerous youth. We urge you to register on the Tshepo one million programme to secure job opportunities”.

Lesufi also said the public would soon witness the renewal of public service in the wake of the Life Esidimeni tragedy which glaringly showed government’s service delivery challenges.

“It would be a problem if we think the Life Esidimeni tragedy is the only the problem of the Department of Health.  It might seem like it’s the only department but on a daily basis citizens endure victimisation from public servants who are hired to serve them.

“We need determined, ethical, and dedicated public servants,” said Lesufi.

Lesufi said Premier Makhura is serious about fighting corruption and has also given a strong warning to the MECs and the officials of the provincial government that corruption will not be tolerated.