Premier to launch mas­ter plan

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The East­ern Cape premier is ex­pected to an­nounce a “mas­ter plan” to counter and quell the ser­vice-de­liv­ery protests sweep­ing the prov­ince.

Premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle, who is also the ANC chair­per­son in the prov­ince, said the plan to a large ex­tent was meant to avoid scenes like those play­ing out in Vuwani, Lim­popo, where pro­test­ers have trashed sev­eral schools and public fa­cil­i­ties in vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions.

“Look, I must tell you. It’s very scary. It wor­ries me.

“It’s some­thing we have got to work on at break­neck speed to ar­rest,” he said.

The premier said he would launch Op­er­a­tion Masiphathisane on Wed­nes­day.

In an in­ter­view with City Press on Fri­day, Ma­su­alle said his ad­min­is­tra­tion promised to work with speed and ac­count­abil­ity.

He said the plan wanted to en­sure that part­ner­ships were formed with com­mu­ni­ties and busi­nesses.

He said the prov­ince did a lot of de­vel­op­men­tal work, but ad­mit­ted it did not suf­fi­ciently in­volve the com­mu­nity. Ma­su­alle said the plan would en­able his ad­min­is­tra­tion to im­prove con­sul­ta­tion about de­vel­op­men­tal is­sues at ward level.

Al­though there was the Pro­vin­cial Devel­op­ment Plan, they had re­alised there was a need to nar­row down projects to ward level so that peo­ple could re­late to what was be­ing done in their im­me­di­ate en­vi­ron­ments.

Ma­su­alle said the plan would her­ald a new way of gov­er­nance.

It was the first of its kind in the prov­ince, he said.

“We’ll be deal­ing with specifics and not the gen­er­alised pro­file of the ward and also in terms of what the needs of that ward are.

“It helps to fo­cus govern­ment’s in­ter­ven­tion,” he said.

He said high-pro­file, East­ern Cape­born peo­ple would play the role of am­bas­sador, also from next week.

The premier was ex­pected to launch the In­te­grated Ser­vice De­liv­ery Model (ISDM) in one of the ser­vice-de­liv­ery protest hot spots, Mbizana.

In 2014, pro­test­ers razed the me­mo­rial site of the ANC strug­gle icon, the late Oliver Tambo, at his Nkan­tolo vil­lage in Mbizana.

Sizwe Ku­pelo, pro­vin­cial govern­ment spokesper­son, said Op­er­a­tion Masiphathisane was partly aimed at deal­ing with is­sues re­lated to de­struc­tive ser­vice-de­liv­ery protests that have es­ca­lated around the coun­try, par­tic­u­larly now that the Au­gust 3 lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions were draw­ing closer.

Ku­pelo said: “The premier con­demns the de­stroy­ing of public fa­cil­i­ties be­cause it is an­ar­chy and takes down the coun­try.

“Some of th­ese protests are based on ig­no­rance and, by launch­ing this pro­gramme, we want peo­ple to work closely with govern­ment and be aware of the work we do and be part of it.”

City Press is in pos­ses­sion of the Op­er­a­tion Masiphathisane doc­u­ment.

The doc­u­ment says the ISDM pro­gramme would im­prove neg­a­tive per­cep­tions of the East­ern Cape govern­ment.

It’s barely three months to the lo­cal govern­ment elec­tions, but Ma­su­alle’s “mas­ter plan” aims to re­spond to com­mu­nity needs and im­prove ser­vice de­liv­ery.

Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle

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