Democratic Alliance speech by
Kingsol Chabalala MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation
Every year when the Premier delivers the State of the Province address, he creates a positive picture on the state of the province. But we know that this is not always the case.
The Premier makes promises that never materialise. The citizens of Gauteng are tired of empty promises and have lost hope in the ANC administration.
The Premier said we must have the courage to dream big but how can we dream big when we don’t have access to basic services such as water, electricity, dignified housing and quality infrastructure.
The problem is not funding but corruption. Far too often the funds allocated for improving the lives of our people is not used for its intended purpose.
An example of this is the Everton Renewal Project where R800 million was squandered by the ANC administration at the expensive of our people.
This project was intended to uplift and improve the lives of Emfuleni residents by developing roads, increasing sanitation, delivering housing, and creating an environment conducive for the local economy to grow and produce jobs.
Now Emfuleni residents are suffering as a result of poor administration from the ANC.
How can the ‘New Dawn’ represent a major facelift in infrastructure while the roads in Emfuleni are not well maintained and are full of potholes?
The Premier mentioned that sport is a great unifier and a nation-builder. Yes, indeed this is correct however our township schools still lack sporting facilities and the equipment that is needed to realise this dream.
Gauteng’s young talent can only be nurtured if a conducive environment is created.
Sadly, this is not the case, the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation (SACR) is failing to spend the budget for the benefit of our youth.
This is once again highlighted in the SACR third quarter report for the 2017/18 financial year.
The department failed to provide sporting attire and equipment to our local sporting clubs.
This indicates that this department is not serious about developing new sports talent in the province and the Premier’s dream will remain just that, a dream.
How can we build sporting icons such as Makhaya Ntini and Caster Semenya just to mention a few, when we don’t have proper sporting facilities in our schools and we are not providing them with the necessary support they deserve?
Gauteng local clubs, particularly in the townships, are in dire need of equipment, yet the department has failed, yet again, to deliver equipment timeously to the clubs.
Sport plays a crucial role in overcoming social barriers and allows community members to engage with each other, as well as keeping our youth off the streets.
Furthermore, our libraries, archives and museums are in a mess due to lack of proper planning from the Department.
Libraries such as Venterpost Library, Kagiso Extension 6 Library and Naturena Library are still closed due to poor project management.
This department has failed to deliver libraries and cares little about the important role they play in our communities.
Our library books are outdated, there are internet challenges and some are still standing empty.
Even though the Gauteng Broadband Network has been installed in libraries, it has not been connected.
Almost all the libraries are connected to the municipality WI-FI which is slow, unreliable and not strong enough to meet the need of the users. The internet connectivity is very weak and sometimes down for days.
How can we build a thriving township when these basic services are not in place?
Libraries plays a crucial role in empowering not just the youth but society at large.
Its high time that fully functioning libraries are made available to those living in the disadvantaged townships.
Lastly the Premier emphasised that we should all be willing to be of service to our people. However, it is high time that he be reminded that the clock is ticking and his term of office will soon be coming to an end.
Come 2019 we will be sending the Premier to the opposition benches in this house.