Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa has called for speedy delivery to reduce levels of poverty, unemployment and underdevelopment in the province.

Presenting the budget for his office at the provincial legislature on Tuesday, 26 June 2007, Shilowa said members of the executive council and municipal mayors had agreed at a recent lekgotla to move beyond the ordinary to address these challenges.

“Our people are looking up to us to liberate them from poverty, hunger, unemployment and underdevelopment. We are the key to their upliftment and social emancipation. Let us make the remaining years to 2009 a special period and work to the maximum of our ability to achieve our goal of a better Gauteng for all,” he said. He outlined three broad priorities as areas that the government will focus on in the coming years to 2009. These are building Gauteng as a globally competitive city region, implementing the Gauteng Social Development Strategy and building sustainable communities and strengthening the capacity and organisation of the state.

The Premier said skills development was central to the province’s efforts to reduce poverty and build the economy. He said the provincial government would be taking more graduates into its learnerships and internships programme.

By March this year, 5 726 graduates had been registered on the Learnership and Internship programme within the Gauteng government. This represented 9% of the public servant staff establishment and a percent above the 8% target for the year.

He also urged teachers and learners to put in extra effort to make up for the time lost during the public service strike. He said the initiative to better the education of the African child should not be derailed by the current ongoing industrial action. For more information contact Simon Zwane on 082 551 9892

AUTHOR: Issued by the Gauteng Office of the Premier
DATED: 26th June 2007