EFF, DA slam Gauteng SOPA as a repetition of 2019

2020-Feb-26   11:09

EFF, DA slam Gauteng SOPA as a repetition of 2019

- Gomolemo Mothomogolo

Opposition political parties in Gauteng have labelled Premier, David Makhura's State of the Province Address (SOPA) as a rehearsh of old promises that are never delivered on.

Makhura delivered the SOPA at the Sefako Makgatho Health Science University in Ga-Rankuwa outside Pretoria on Tuesday.

In his speech, which focused largely on economic and infrastructure development, Makhura said the province was going to spend R4-billion every year to boy goods and services from township entreprises, so as to boost the township economy.

He also announced plans for four Corridors in the province that are expected to unlock over R200-billion worth of investments in the next 10 years.

He explained: "Northern corridor, which is to position Tshwane as the economic hub of the automotive industry in Gauteng. The Eastern corridor, which is to consolidate Ekurhuleni position as Africa's largest Aerotropols and major hub of manufacturing, transport and logistics. 

The Southern corridor, which will focus on building the Savannah City development, Clcargo airport, logistics hub and Vaal marine development. Western Corridor, which is meant at diversifying the West Rand economy from reliance on mining to include bus manufacturing. The central economy, which is to consolidate Johannesburg’s position as Africa’s financial and technological centre".

The Premier also said a long awaited decision on e-tolls would be announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in the near future.

But political parties said these were old and empty promises.

Gauteng Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy Chairperson, Itani Mukwevho, said: "We need to tell the people of Gauteng in particular that the Premier was repeating what he said in 2019. Where we are right now he did speak about rapid land release programme...our people need to know when it is going to released, where this programme is going to happen so we can keep a record  if he doesn’t do what he promised in the State of the Province Address."

Gauteng Caucus leader of the Democratic Alliance (DA), Solly Msimanga, added: "We have heard last year about the e-toll that there was an imminent announcement that was going to be made and today again we are told that there is an imminent announcement that is going to be made. People are tired of imminent things and promises that are not fulfilled."

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