'The people of Gauteng don't want e-tolls, we must find money to settle debt'

Gauteng Premier David Makhura chats to Bongani Bingwa after delivering his State of the Province Address at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto campus on Monday.

The address comes on the back of the national elections that saw the African National Congress winning by less than a full percentage point, marking a drop in support.

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Makhura has given MECs 100 days to come up with concrete plans to create jobs, deliver services - including housing and water - and turn the province into the "Silicon Valley of Africa".

We live in a democracy and I have said this many times, the consequences of democracy are that people have choices and they express those choices. If they are happy with the work you are doing, they will hire you again as a party. If they are not happy, they fire you and hire someone else.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

Makhura says his speech dealt with issues that Gauteng residents were particularly unhappy about.

During the elections, we got excellent feedback on the things people were happy with and areas which they were not happy about. We have a democratic mandate, it is not the margin of the victory. When you are given the mandate, you have to deliver on it. That is what I want to focus on.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

Makhura denounces the opposition parties saying that his speech didn't produce any concrete plans.

They have to say something as the opposition parties, I don't expect them to say to me great speech, it is like going to people whose job is to bring you down, and expecting them to lift you up. The feedback I received, I am happy with that.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

He says there are clear targets set in many areas of his administration.

In the normal course of government, you need to give MECs an opportunity to go and develop further detail, that is what the 100 days are for.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

It is clear as to which areas of the economy the government will focus on in order to create more jobs, he notes.

Anyone who says there was no detail, either was not listening, they didn't read the speech or they are the opposition. I accept that the opposition must oppose me.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

When probed about the thorny issue that is e-tolls, Makhura had this to say.

The message I want to send to the people of the province is that they have heard me say that this matter is with the national government. As far as we are concerned, there is no turning back.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

Because we know there is debt that needs to be paid, to demonstrate how committed we are to ensure that e-tolls are no longer in place, we are prepared to contribute to something ourselves. I am so committed to ensuring that this matter is resolved that I say we need to find money to contribute. The people of this province don't want e-tolls, we must find money to settle that debt.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

Makhura says 9% of people that enter the province are not South African.

Border security must be strengthened, South Africans are going to see much tighter control so that people who come into our country are only those who are supposed to be in our country.

David Makhura, Premier - Gauteng

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