Gaut­eng premier David Makhura de­liv­ered the state of the prov­ince ad­dress this week, with a strong fo­cus on a im­prov­ing the lives of all

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Gaut­eng is the ab­so­lute pace­set­ter in govern­ment per­for­mance. Premier David Makhura said this on Mon­day in his state of the prov­ince ad­dress (SOPA) for 2016 at the Saul Tsotetsi Sports Com­plex in Se­bo­keng town­ship.

Makhura said a clean and ef­fi­cient bu­reau­cracy driven by a high-per­for­mance cul­ture was needed for a de­vel­op­ing state.

“There is proof that we are chang­ing the way govern­ment works with our Ntirhisano pro­gramme. The abil­ity of pub­lic ser­vants to de­liver on their plans and com­mit­ments is crit­i­cal in any thriv­ing democ­racy be­cause it im­proves pub­lic con­fi­dence.”

Makhura said that with its open ten­der sys­tem and the pro­mo­tion of in­tegrity, Gaut­eng was cre­at­ing an en­vi­ron­ment for clean govern­ment that would make progress in the fu­ture.

“Gaut­eng will be­come free of cor­rup­tion in our life­time. It is im­por­tant to en­sure that pub­lic re­sources are used to ben­e­fit all peo­ple. The state must never be hi­jacked by a few in­di­vid­u­als or groups for their own self­ish gain.”

Even in the midst of a dif­fi­cult and vul­ner­a­ble global and do­mes­tic eco­nomic en­vi­ron­ment, Makhura said, Gaut­eng’s econ­omy had enor­mous po­ten­tial to cre­ate more jobs and grow in an in­clu­sive man­ner.

“We re­main the in­dus­trial cen­tre of the coun­try and the South­ern African De­vel­op­ment Com­mu­nity and we are tak­ing ma­jor steps to bring in­fra­struc­ture de­vel­op­ment, in­no­va­tion, in­vest­ment, re­gional in­te­gra­tion, in­clu­sion, in­sti­tu­tions and in­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion in line with the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan and the Trans­for­ma­tion, Mod­erni­sa­tion and Rein­dus­tri­al­i­sa­tion pro­gramme.

“As the pi­o­neers of town­ship-econ­omy re­newal, we are mak­ing mean­ing­ful progress to em­power town­ship­based en­ter­prises, co­op­er­a­tives and SMMEs. We will demon­strate that the town­ship econ­omy will be­come a bee­hive of ac­tiv­ity with re­gard to in­no­va­tion, en­trepreneur­ship, em­pow­er­ment and de­cent job cre­ation.”

Gaut­eng is also the leader in the mod­erni­sa­tion of the pub­lic ser­vice, with the in­tro­duc­tion of tech­nol­ogy in education, health, so­cial se­cu­rity and gen­eral com­mu­nity ser­vices.”

Makhura said he had made a com­mit­ment in his first SOPA in 2014 that his ad­min­is­tra­tion would change the way in which govern­ment worked.

“Be­fore the in­tro­duc­tion of the Ntirhisano com­mu­nity out­reach pro­gramme, Gaut­eng was over­run by vi­o­lent protests in com­mu­ni­ties on a daily ba­sis due to grow­ing dis­sat­is­fac­tion with how govern­ment does things. Re­gard­less of how well govern­ment tried to pro­vide ser­vices, it was clear that there was a loss of con­fi­dence be­tween com­mu­ni­ties and govern­ment of­fi­cials.

“In essence, the prob­lem was not just about ser­vice de­liv­ery, but about the way de­vel­op­ment and ser­vice de­liv­ery was done. Through a proac­tive and par­tic­i­pa­tory ap­proach to solv­ing prob­lems, we are restor­ing the lev­els of pub­lic con­fi­dence on the ground.”

Makhura said that due to the Ntirhisano pro­gramme, ac­cord­ing to a web-based data and in­tel­li­gence ser­vice, ser­vice-de­liv­ery protests de­creased from 21% to 15% over the past 12 months, the most dra­matic de­cline in a decade and a half.

“This is ev­i­dence that we are lis­ten­ing to the peo­ple of Gaut­eng and are re­spond­ing to your con­cerns.”

Makhura said he would in fu­ture con­tinue to spend more time on the ground with MECs and ex­ec­u­tive may­ors to solve prob­lems in com­mu­ni­ties, to un­block the de­liv­ery of in­fra­struc­ture projects and make the prov­ince’s econ­omy work for ev­ery­one.

“We are gov­ern­ing with a greater sense of ur­gency, in­tegrity and trans­parency.”

Makhura said his ad­min­is­tra­tion was par­tic­u­larly en­cour­aged by the fact that 19 pro­vin­cial de­part­ments and agen­cies re­ceived clean au­dits for the 2014/15 fi­nan­cial year.

“To show that we mean busi­ness, I have al­ready made a de­ci­sion to change the lead­er­ship of G-Fleet (the Gaut­eng fleet man­age­ment com­pany) due to re­peated neg­a­tive au­dit re­sults. Sim­i­lar ac­tion is await­ing de­part­ments and agen­cies that con­tinue to show poor per­for­mances.”

Most of the Gaut­eng de­part­ments also spent 99% of their in­fra­struc­ture bud­gets last year.

“We are mak­ing it hot for de­part­ments that do not pay ser­vice providers on time.

“Ten of the 14 de­part­ments com­ply 90% with pay­ing providers within 30 days.

“The digi­ti­sa­tion of in­voic­ing in­tro­duced new ef­fi­cien­cies in our sys­tem of govern­ment and helps us to pay sup­pli­ers on time.”

To pre­vent fraud and cor­rup­tion, Makhura’s ad­min­is­tra­tion will im­ple­ment an in­tegrity man­age­ment frame­work, and de­ci­sive dis­ci­plinary ac­tion is be­ing taken against those found guilty of fi­nan­cial mis­con­duct.

“I truly be­lieve we can use our pur­chas­ing poli­cies to achieve gen­uine black eco­nomic em­pow­er­ment in all sec­tors with­out bribery and cor­rup­tion. Let’s em­power black peo­ple and busi­nesses unashamedly, trans­par­ently and eth­i­cally.”

Makhura ex­plained his ad­min­is­tra­tion’s work on how his govern­ment wanted to trans­form, mod­ernise and rein­dus­tri­alise the econ­omy of Gaut­eng, which was still the eco­nomic pow­er­house of South Africa, con­tribut­ing 35% to the na­tional econ­omy. He said Gaut­eng cur­rently had 5 mil­lion work­ers. About 191 000 new jobs were cre­ated in the for­mal sec­tor over the past 12 months, and 150 000 were in the in­for­mal sec­tor.

How­ever, Makhura ad­mit­ted that rapid ur­ban­i­sa­tion brought with it huge chal­lenges be­cause as many as 200 000 new peo­ple moved to Gaut­eng ev­ery year.

This con­trib­uted to the fact that there were cur­rently 2.2 mil­lion peo­ple un­em­ployed in Gaut­eng.

Ac­cord­ing to Makhura, his ad­min­is­tra­tion there­fore needed to in­ter­vene eco­nom­i­cally to:

Change the own­er­ship pat­terns of the main­stream econ­omy by cre­at­ing black in­dus­tri­al­ists;

Change the cur­rent in­dus­trial struc­ture of the min­ing sec­tor by pro­cess­ing min­ing re­sources lo­cally;

De­velop new, mod­ern, in­no­va­tion-driven in­dus­tries in the sec­tors of tech­nol­ogy, phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals, biotech­nol­ogy and the green and blue econ­omy, and de­velop Gaut­eng’s skills for this pur­pose;

Change in­come dis­tri­bu­tion to im­prove equal­ity lev­els and raise liv­ing stan­dards;

Trans­form the apartheid econ­omy and res­i­den­tial ar­eas to in­te­grate eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties, trans­port cor­ri­dors and res­i­den­tial ar­eas;

In­crease the SMME sec­tor and re­new the town­ship econ­omy;

Strengthen the ca­pac­ity of the state to drive eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and en­hance the com­pet­i­tive­ness of strate­gic eco­nomic sec­tors through ac­tive in­dus­trial pol­icy;

Make sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in in­fra­struc­ture as the key stim­u­la­tor for in­clu­sive growth and eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment; and

Build trans­for­ma­tive part­ner­ships be­tween the pri­vate and pub­lic sec­tors to ad­dress the de­vel­op­ment chal­lenges in the Na­tional De­vel­op­ment Plan’s Vi­sion 2030.

Makhura also an­nounced that Gaut­eng had for­mu­lated a new eco­nomic plan to re­po­si­tion the prov­ince strate­gi­cally.

An eco­nomic ind­aba would be held in April with busi­ness, or­gan­ised labour and civil so­ci­ety to fi­nalise pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion on the plan be­fore its of­fi­cial launch in May.


FASH­ION Mem­bers of the Gaut­eng

Pro­vin­cial Leg­is­la­ture at the Saul Tsotetsi

Sports Com­plex in Se­bo­keng,

where Premier David

Makhura de­liv­ered his state of the prov­ince ad­dress

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