ANC slates Gaut­eng score­card ‘bias’

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THE ANC in Gaut­eng has opened two state-of-the-art hos­pi­tals in Gaut­eng and in­vested mil­lions to de­velop ail­ing town­ship economies.

This was the ANC re­sponse to the DA’s score­card re­leased this week in which it de­picted the rul­ing party’s MECs as be­ing un­suit­able for the job.

But the ANC’s deputy chief whip in the leg­is­la­ture, Thokozile Ma­gag­ula, dis­agreed with the as­sess­ment.

She said the score­card re­vealed a lack of po­lit­i­cal depth within the ranks of the of­fi­cial op­po­si­tion.

“The lat­est gim­mick by the DA is an in­di­ca­tion that they are not in keep­ing with the sen­ti­ments ex­pressed by the peo­ple of Gaut­eng in ap­pre­ci­at­ing the work done by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment as in­di­cated by the Qual­ity of Life Survey,” Ma­gag­ula said.

She said the ANC-led gov­ern­ment wel­comed con­struc­tive crit­i­cism that added value to its ser­vice de­liv­ery pro­gramme.

Ma­gag­ula said: “In Gaut­eng, the ANC is build­ing an ac­tivist gov­ern­ment that pro­motes ac­tivist cit­i­zenry; the MECs are spend­ing a lot of time on the ground go­ing to ser­vice de­liv­ery points and in­ter­act­ing with com­mu­ni­ties that have con­cerns.”

She cited a list of ANC ini­tia­tives that she felt made a dif­fer­ence in peo­ple’s lives.

“A to­tal of 19 de­part­ments

MECs spend­ing

a lot of time go­ing to ser­vice de­liv­ery points

and en­ti­ties achieved clean au­dits in the 2013/14 fi­nan­cial year, which is an in­di­ca­tion of the im­prove­ment in strength­en­ing fi­nan­cial man­age­ment. This im­prove­ment in fi­nan­cial man­age­ment has re­sulted in im­proved ser­vice de­liv­ery.”

She said the ANC had set up an e-toll re­view panel to as­sess the so­cio-eco­nomic im­pact of e-tolls on Gaut­eng res­i­dents.

Ma­gag­ula said the panel had been well re­ceived by all.

“The es­tab­lish­ment of the Diep­sloot SMME in­cu­ba­tion hub and the town­ship econ­omy re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion ini­tia­tive demon­strates the com­mit­ment by the ANC-led gov­ern­ment in build­ing an in­clu­sive econ­omy. The town­ship econ­omy re­vi­tal­i­sa­tion pro­gramme has re­ceived over­whelm­ing support from com­mu­ni­ties in Gaut­eng.

“We wel­come the open­ing of the new Natal­spruit and Jab­u­lani hos­pi­tals as part of the com­mit­ment to im­prove ac­cess to qual­ity health­care. We are on course to cre­ate em­ploy­ment and im­prove the qual­ity of life for the peo­ple of Gaut­eng,” she said.

Ma­gag­ula de­scribed the DA’s score­card as a re­flec­tion of its fail­ure to ac­knowl­edge progress made by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment.

ANC provin­cial spokesman Du­misa Ntuli echoed Ma­gag­ula’s sen­ti­ments, say­ing the score­card was based on “the sub­jec­tive whims, feel­ings and bias of the DA”.

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