Premier David Makhura says there is evidence pointing to the fact that government has been able to cope despite the pressure of a growing population which has doubled from 7.8 million in 1996 to 14.7 million in 2018.
Makhura who delivered his fifth political report at the Gauteng Provincial Legislature on Friday said the provincial economy is more than four times what it was since 1996, making it the seventh largest on the continent.
He sat down with Karima Brown to discuss the details of his report and more.
This puts a great deal of pressure on government, from education to healthcare but even as the economy creates job you also have many more people who are looking for access to employment so governing Gauteng is not like governing any other province. In every respect we are a huge province.— David Makhura, Gauteng Premier
He says while racial and gender disparities remain, the quality of life continues to improve.
There is evidence pointing to the fact that government here has been able to cope in every way with the pressure of this growth. Data shows that even in the midst of this huge migration, the quality of life has continued to improve and evidence also shows the quality of governance has improved.— David Makhura, Gauteng Premier
Makhura says more needs to be done to improve rural economies across the country to curb the perception that one can only earn a decent income in Gauteng.
We need to ensure that the whole of South Africa works. Rural provinces are also centres where economies thrive. People do not always have to think that the only place you can earn a decent income is in the cities. We need this twin track approach, to make sure we put significant infrastructure in rural provinces...— David Makhura, Gauteng Premier
Makhura says the largest number of people moving into Gauteng are not foreign nationals but are South Africans from different parts of the country.
Only 9% of the people who move into Guateng are international migrants. This notion that the biggest problem we have is created by politicians for their own purpose.— David Makhura, Gauteng Premier
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