The recent Gauteng State of the Province Address continues to take a reflection on provincial governments progress since 2014. Gauteng province remains firm on its radical path towards Economic Transformation. During his presentation, Premier Makhura strongly emphasised on the need to create an equitable and inclusive society. Youth Employment and Township Entrepreneurship have once again taken centre stage.
Here are key areas of importance that summarise the 2018 Gauteng SOPA address:
- Between 2014 and 2017 public procurement spend on township enterprises increased from R600 million to R17 billion.
- The number of Township enterprises doing business with Gauteng government has increased from 642 in 2014 to 4 182 in 2017. Government has also helped formalise many township enterprises through the Qondis’ishishini lakho campaign.
- The establishment of a Township stock exchange is in its final stages in partnership with private sector.
- An inspection on unregulated businesses by foreign nationals has been prioritised by government.
- Gauteng government is facilitating the formation of consumer co-operatives in the wholesale and retail sector. These co-operatives will mobilise the collective buying power of 250,000 township households to purchase affordable goods at stores they own and control.
- Township Action Labs have been established focusing on industries such as capital equipment and machinery, ICT, auto-motives, mining, food and beverages, agriculture and agro-processing.
- Through the eKasiLabs Innovation Centres, Gauteng government supports entrepreneurs and youth with their tech innovations.
- Gauteng government plans to establish a provincial state bank that will help fund SMME’s, township enterprises, women and youth business as well as infrastructure.
- With respect to Youth Unemployment, Gauteng government is working with 40 businesses in an attempt to get one million young people into internships through its Tshepo One Million programme. Since 2015, nearly 460 000 young people have benefitted from the Tshepo 500 000 flagship programme.
- Gauteng Government has achieved 95% universal access to Grade R helping children to gain easy access to school.
- Public School enrolments have grown from 1.3 million in 1994 to 2.3 million in 2018.
- In the 2017 Grade 12 results, Gauteng came second after Free State, while seven of its districts were in the top 10 nationally.
- Gauteng government has spent R1 billion on bursaries which have benefitted more than 20 000 graduates.
- According to the the National Department of Health, Gauteng is the number one province on the national core standards on the ideal clinic. 281 out of 320 of Gauteng’s clinics meet the ideal clinic standards.
- An intervention team of public health experts and managers has been appointed to help turn around the performance of the Gauteng Department of Health.
INFRASTRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT
- 31 mega-settlement projects have been approved to build accommodation along key economic corridors that would create 700,000 new housing opportunities over five years.
- Infrastructure projects have created and maintained close to 100 000 jobs.
- Since 2014 government has invested more than R40 billion in building and maintaining infrastructure such as building and upgrading schools, ECD centres, recreational facilities, libraries, clinics, hospitals, houses, roads & public transport.
- There has been over 1500 infrastructure projects across Gauteng city region.
- Gauteng has delivered 1,2 million RDP houses since 1994 which is 30% of the national houses stock. This is the largest in the country.
- Since 2014, 60 000 houses have been delivered.
- 25 more post-apartheid cities and mega human settlements will be launched between now and 2019.
- Gauteng Province contributes more than a 1/3 to the South African Economy at 35%.
- From 2014-2016, Gauteng province attracted more than 200 FDI projects worth R69 billion, which created 19 000 jobs.
- As of 2017, Gauteng companies had 169 projects worth R356 billion across the continent.
- Gauteng accounts for 71% of South Africa investment into the different regions of our continent. Intra-Africa trade generated a total of 46 732 jobs to the Gauteng economy. Trade between Gauteng and the rest of our Continent strengthened by 19% between 2011 and 2016, from R 204 billion in 2011 to R 242 billion in 2016.
- Almost 40% of all cultural and creative workers in South Africa are in Gauteng. The creative industry contributes R 30 billion to the Gauteng economy.
- Gauteng has connected over 1 500 kilometres of network fibre, with 1 066 access sites, connecting schools, health sites, libraries, community centre.
- E-tolls have not worked in the province.
- A new funding model will be sort to support the continued expansion of GP’s road network and public transport system.
- The BRT system and the Gautrain will be expanded while the taxi industry is expected to be integrated into the mainstream of a modernised transport system, operated under a single transport authority.
WOMEN AND EQUITY
- Since 2014, 108 000 women have also benefitted from employment opportunities in our public employment programmes, and 2 600 women have benefitted from business opportunities in the infrastructure, hospitality, tourism, cultural and creative industries.
- Currently the Gauteng Provincial Government spends 23% of the goods and services budget on women owned businesses.
- The provincial government will introduce a Bill on the Open Tender System. Gauteng is the only province that has introduced the Open Tender System as part of our crusade against corruption and maladministration.
- Premier Makhura has appointed a civil society-led Ethics and Anti-corruption Advisory Council to interrogate clean governance.
- Lifestyle audits will also be undertaken for members of the Executive Council and Heads of Departments.