Premier Mabuza promises radical shift in the provincial government
19 June 2014
Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza has promised a radical shift in the operations of the provincial government saying the ruling party needed to speedily respond to the needs of the people.
Speaking at a three-day executive council Lekgotla in Skukuza at the Kruger National Park today [Thursday, 19 June 2014], Premier Mabuza said this was going to be a difficult five-year term for the provincial government.
Premier Mabuza explained that although the ruling party won the elections, they were not easy, as there was a lot of criticism by the opposition parties pointing at the weaknesses of the provincial government.
Mabuza added that, nevertheless people voted for the ruling party to lead government again because they believed in it and in its policies, however they still expected a lot from it. He said during the campaigns people said a lot of things, indicating what worked, and what did not work for government.
The Premier said the provincial government would “cut to the bone” the unnecessary spending by the government departments.
He explained the plans already tabled by the departments were going to be re-arranged during the Lekgotla in order to shift the focus.
The Premier further emphasized that the provincial government would continue to prioritize education as a major focus. He said people needed to be skilled and employed in order to participate and contribute in the country’s economy.
He said the provincial government would double its efforts in terms of skills development, as creation of decent work opportunities remained more than a priority. It was an urgent matter for the provincial government to attend. He said economic growth needed to translate into jobs and poverty alleviation.
The Premier added that the ruling party was receiving a message from the people to re-open the land claim process, as they wanted their land back. He said those who had received the land were also complaining about the lack of capacity to be productive. He said the provincial government needed to participate and capacitate those who already who successfully claimed the land.
Meanwhile the Premier welcomed and congratulated the new members of the executive saying a lot was also expected from them. He said he hoped they would speedily acquaint themselves with the work of the provincial government.
Issued by Mr Zibonele Mncwango
Spokesperson: Mpumalanga Premier
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