Yuzriq Meyer & Yonda Basela
21 February 2014
Cape Premier Helen Zille delivered the 2014 State of the Province Address.
Premier opened her speech by quoting Madiba’s words of a better life and posed
the questions “Are we translating Madiba’s vision of opportunity into action?
Are we working together to fulfil the promises he made at the dawn of democracy”?
Helen Zille went above and beyond to tackle all the issues that the Western Cape is facing as well as her plan of action for 2014.
Zille also highlighted some issues in the Western Cape that she has already tackled and how she has
made much progress.
many topics Premier Helen Zille addressed in her State of the Province Address,
she focused on very important issues such as health, education, poverty, corruption
and gang violence within the Western Cape.
said that everything they have done over the last five years has been focused
on growing the economy, creating jobs and alleviating poverty in the Province.
But they recognise that as long as deep inequalities in education still exist,
they will never redress the economic injustices of apartheid. Proving quality
education is the most important ladder of opportunity a government can provide
to young people.
speech she confirmed that the Western Cape has the highest number of learners qualifying
for Bachelor Degree studies in the country, with 3 158 more learners qualifying
than in 2012 and 5 153 more learners than in 2009.
more importantly the results of poorer schools have improved significantly over
the past few years.
with regards to health she said that “We recognise that interventions to reduce
the burden of disease and to ensure that our children grow up healthy will help
to create a stronger economy and reduce poverty. We also believe that a caring environment
is responsible for ensuring that accessible, affordable, high quality health
care is available to every citizen living in the province”
added that many of their health policies and programmes are improving through
wellness through behavioural change. And one of the main drivers of the serious
service pressures on our health system is the quadruple burden of disease
consisting of HIV and TB; chronic diseases and mental health; injuries and
woman and child health.
health is a high level of priority in the Western Cape, it was stated that that
R2.7 Billion has been spent on health infrastructure over the last four years,
which has resulted in the government delivering a number of medical facilities
including 17 clinics, 12 ambulance
stations or disaster management centres, 8 district hospitals including
Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain’s hospitals, 13 Regional and specialised
hospital projects, 21 central hospital projects, 5 pathology labs and the
Western Cape Nursing College.
Premier reiterated that all of the issues in the Western Cape are of top priority and that they are doing
their best to ensure a better together and better province.
Helen Zille went on to speaking about gang violence and how they repeatedly
sought to work co – operatively with the police because that is what the
constitution requires and they believe it offers them the best chance bringing
down crime in the province. They have warmly congratulated the SAPS for their
recent success in securing convictions against high profile gangsters. While,
their cooperation on the ground continues to improve, it is fortunate that
their efforts have been constantly blocked by the SAPS national leadership and
said that gang violence has surged in recent weeks with many innocent
bystanders being caught in the gang crossfire and schooling in certain hotspots
area being disrupted, including Manenberg. She is therefore calling on
President Zuma and Minister Mthetwa to take the action that is needed to
properly resource policing in these areas, so that crimes are investigated and
Helen Zille then went on to saying that she had left the most complex delivery
area of all until last. Their government recognises that building integrated
and sustainable human settlements in the province is critical to building
social cohesion and eradicating poverty.
the province has a high number of poverty, Premier Helen Zille, will use 93 %
of human settlements budget on housing progrsammes aimed at people earning less
than R 3 500 per month.
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