Budget Vote Speeches: Office of the Premier

 

Speech by

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Leader

“Premier needs to slay Goliath of greed, corruption and mismanagement”

Speech highlights:

  • Gauteng is plagued by the triple threat of poverty, unemployment and inequality
  • However, the threat to effective governance is corruption, maladministration and non-accountability by a severely under skilled and unprofessional public service
  • Gauteng’s citizens need a responsive government that effectively deals with health care, crime, drugs, gangsterism and youth unemployment
  • Life in townships has improved dramatically, but all those gains are lost through municipalities unable to deliver quality basic services and maintenance of infrastructure
  • Municipal service delivery will not improve by creating larger and more cumbersome metros, as other legislative means need to be exhausted before considering such steps
  • Provincial government must settle its debt to local municipalities as it drastically reduces their income and ability to deliver services
  • Households are under increasing pressure as the insistence to continue with e-tolls and above inflation increases in fuel, municipal services and electricity are driving up commodity prices.
  • While the premier has noble intentions to improve the quality of life of Gauteng’s residents, he first has to undo 21 years of slow, cumbersome and ineffective government.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Jack Bloom

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for the Office of the Premier

“Gauteng requires total make-over”

Speech highlights:

  • A relatively small item in the Premier’s Office budget is R6 million for the continuation of Gauteng TV, a project started by former premier Nomvula Mokonyane which has already cost R6 million.
  • I said last year that it was an obvious waste of money and should be canned immediately before it cost us any more money.
  • Investigation by the Oversight Committee has proved my point, and your office is now trying to justify why any part of this project should continue.
  • This sort of thing is rife throughout the provincial government, with billions of rand wasted because of incompetence and corruption.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Speech by

Justus de Goede

DA Gauteng Spokesperson for the Office of the Premier

“Premier’s hard task to restore tarnished government image”

Speech Highlights:

  • Satisfaction with the Provincial government has steadily eroded to the extent that only 40% of residents are satisfied with the Provincial administration, while satisfaction at a municipal level ranged between a mere 24 % and 42%.
  • Premier Makhura will point out that his own strategy for the fifth term of the Legislature has only been running for a year and that the next GCRO survey will show improvement in the government’s performance – but trust between the administration and the governed has been badly, if not irreparably damaged, and urgently needs close attention.
  • As the gap widens between government and residents, the Premier cannot afford to make idle promises – these must be actioned or they will be nothing more than ideas of fancy.

The full speech can be obtained here.

 

Media enquiries:

John Moodey MPL

DA Gauteng Provincial Leader

082 960 3743

 

Jack Bloom MPL

DA Gauteng Spokesperson: Office of the Premier

082 333 4222

 

Justus de Goede MPL
DA Gauteng Spokesperson: Office of the Premier

060 558 8305

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