by Andrew Louw – DA Provincial Leader in the Northern Cape
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Date: 28 February 2018
The Democratic Alliance (DA) notes that premier Sylvia Lucas has, once again, delivered a State of the Province Address which is long on promises and short on solutions. Today’s speech was a combination of cheap election slogans and plans that have already been announced before. Indeed, the premier was like an amateur magician attempting to use sleight of hand to distract from the problems facing the province.
The premier failed to announce a new way forward for the departments of health and education, which have both been burdened by a legacy of maladministration and poor service delivery. Instead, she attempted to massage the statistics on the 2017 pass rate to reflect an unrealistic and untrue picture of education in the province. Having only one school in the John Taolo Gaetsewe district record a 100% pass rate is not a celebration, but rather a concrete condemnation of the quality of education being offered to our learners.
Seeing will be believing with regards to the completion of the mental health hospital. Its opening has been announced and subsequently postponed so frequently that today’s announcement lacks all credibility. We are also not amused by her frivolous approach to this serious matter, because the failure to provide medical care for those suffering from mental illnesses is not a laughing matter.
While the DA welcomes the placement of graduates from the Sol Plaatje University, we are of the view that much more needs to be done for us to fight the scourge of poverty and unemployment, especially among the youth.
Given the continued mismanagement of resources meant for entrepreneurs and SMMEs, it is difficult to trust that the proposed economic colloquium will bear much fruit for anyone without an ANC membership card. And if the provincial administration is serious about marketing the province and its flagship events, it might consider removing the now defunct Kimberley Diamond Cup from the official provincial website as one of the major events.
Announcements on the title deeds office, the Agri-parks and the mega-investment projects are also nothing new and indeed begs the question if the premier knows what is actually happening in the province. In fact, does she realise that cost containment measures have first been announced back in 2014 and should have been enforced since then?
We are not going to be able to address the problems facing the province if the premier plays ostrich and refuses to acknowledge the extent of those problems.
The people of the Northern Cape need Total Change, where services are delivered, corruption is dealt with and jobs are created. Only the Democratic Alliance can deliver a caring government that always puts the people first.
DA Provincial Leader in the Northern Cape
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