Categories Business Tech World Gauteng Sopa 2022: ‘Not a good story’ for Prime Minister Makhura Post author By vanirexodus Post date February 21, 2022 No Comments on Gauteng Sopa 2022: ‘Not a good story’ for Prime Minister Makhura Against the backdrop of a collapse in public health services, high unemployment, rising crime rates, a spike in informal settlements and government corruption, experts yesterday had no good story to tell about Gauteng – South Africa’s economic center – prior to the current State of the Province Address (SOPA). Gauteng Sopa 2022 While Prime Minister David Makhura promised in Sopa last year to end the looting of state property by senior officials and the politically connected, independent political analyst Dr Ralph Mathekga painted a bleak picture of Gauteng. The province was rocked by the multimillion-dollar Covid-related personal protective equipment transplant,… Against the backdrop of a collapse in public health services, high unemployment, rising crime rates, a spike in informal settlements and government corruption, experts yesterday had no good story to tell about Gauteng – South Africa’s economic center – prior to the current State of the Province Address (SOPA). Gauteng Sopa 2022 While Prime Minister David Makhura pledged in Sopa last year to end the looting of state property by senior officials and political associates, independent political analyst Dr Ralph Mathekga painted a bleak picture of Gauteng. The province was rocked by the multimillion-dollar Covid-related personal protective equipment transplant, involving powerful ANC individuals. “The Gauteng government is really struggling. You just have to look at the health crisis that hit Charlotte Maxeke University Hospital in Johannesburg and the Life Esidimeni disaster,” he said. ALSO READ: Msimanga accuses Makhura of making ‘broken promises’ to GPs “What makes the crisis worse is the level of corruption. Looking at what Makhura has to offer, the track record doesn’t say much, and there is no area where the Gauteng government shows exceptional capacity.” ‘disastrous’ municipalities Mathekga said the municipalities in Gauteng were “disastrous”, with the situation worsening as the provincial government is unable to step in to help. “Gauteng continues to fail as a financial center and now the biggest thing that is going to cause problems is the big subways run by different political formations, with no agreement reached with the province for mutual cooperation,” he said. Professor Peter Baur, professor of economics at the University of Johannesburg, said the main service areas requiring intervention from the Gauteng government included municipal services; security; social support to poor communities; better management of the growing informal settlement crisis and high unemployment resulting from rural-urban migration. Baur said electricity and water were considered a human right. “Another focus should be on the security and protection of people living in informal settlements, including services to support and improve their human living conditions. “In addition to the national implementation of development goals, Gauteng’s focus on healthcare should be critical. Providing services to schools and vulnerable care centers is vital. Many nuclear centers, such as police and rescueservices, also need support.” Baur called for business, telecom and road infrastructure. provincial budgets Daniel McLaren, a Section 27 economist, said the organization was interested to hear how the provincial government is dealing with austerity, which Treasury Secretary Enoch Godongwana suggested in the medium-term fiscal policy statement — “putting a lot of pressure on the number of provincial budgets.” in particular in the fields of health, education and housing”. “How the provinces are going to enforce service standards and access to services in the context of a smaller provincial fair share will be something to watch,” McLaren said. “In terms of education, we want those responsible for irregular and wasteful expenditure on cleaning schools and buildings – about R400 million spent – to be held accountable for what was deemed unnecessary. Charlotte Maxeke hospital “The full reopening of Charlotte Maxeke Hospital is now critical, with 30% closed for a significant period of time.” He said that with the trauma ward closed, it affects people’s access to services. “People can only access that hospital based on referrals,” he said. “We need a transparent plan on how the buildings will be repaired and to examine tenders – after the looting we’ve seen in education about school cleaning.” – [email protected] Vanir-exodus.co.za READ NOW: ‘We want to cooperate with Operation Dudula’ – Prime Minister Makhura ← Moobs turn into beefcakes | The The Vanir-exodus → WATCH: Out-of-control SANDF Rooikat tanker crashes on N1 Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment * Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.