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Premier Mathabatha delivers the State of the Province Address

By: Dexter Mohale

On the 24th February 2017, the Premier of Limpopo Mr Chupu Mathabatha delivered the State of the Province Address at Jack Botes Hall-Polokwane.

The State of the Provincial Address came at the time when the country marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo. He was selfless servant of the people who led the struggle for freedom and democracy for many years.

 

The Premier in his opening of the legislature said the country should continue to fight against corruption because Oliver Tambo hated corruption and we should promote social cohesion because OR Tambo had a vision of a South African in which all people shall live in peace and harmony.

The financial year 2016/17, the province of Limpopo experienced service delivery protests in Vuwani where in which schools were burnt and learning was disrupted for almost 6 months. The province failed to achieve matric pass rate target of 80%.Late delivery of learning materials and text books to schools has made a seriously dent to the good governance of the department of education in the province.

“I have directed the MEC for the department of education to develop a comprehensive, coherent and workable plan to ensure that this downward trend is immediately reversed. The Executive Council has adopted a 10 point plan to ensure that by the end of April 2017 all schools have placed their orders with the department of education .By the end of May 2017 the department of education should have ordered books from publishers. These textbooks and the entire stationery should be delivered to the warehouses by publishers by the end of July 2017.The distribution of these text books to schools by the service provider should be concluded by the end of October 2017.Learners should receive all textbooks and stationery on the first day of schooling, “said the Premier

The premier said the province has built 354 classrooms, supplied 57 schools with proper sanitations facilities, connected 33 more schools with drinking water, built 128 specialist rooms and built 5 new schools to improve teachers learning ration in the province. In the 2017/18 financial year the province will provide 210 more schools with portable drinking water, 185 schools with decent sanitations facilities and connect 9 more schools to electricity.

The provincial audit opinions on municipality has improved and the disclaimers has reduced from in the 2014/15 financial year to 2 disclaimers in the 2015/16 financial year and on unqualified audit opinions from 10 in 2014/15 to 13 in 2015/16 financial year.

“The programme to reduce the housing backlog and restore the dignity of our people has intensified. In this financial year as a province, we have managed to build 9 561 rural housing units. In the same period, we have also managed to build 211 disaster housing units. An additional 286 abandoned housing units were rectified, completed and handed over to the beneficiaries, “said the Premier

The provincial government has managed to connect electricity to 1.4 million households and increase access to functional sanitation services from 38% to 54%.

Limpopo continues to excel with the management of initiation schools and in 2015 the initiation schools increased from 205 to 321 in 2016.The province has managed to reduce the number of illegal initiations schools from 62 in 2015 to 7 in 2016.

According to StatsSA’s year-on-year analysis, a 103 000 people who were unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2015 had secured employment by the fourth quarter of 2016.

“We are pleased that Limpopo has recorded the second highest employment gains. In the fourth quarter alone, Limpopo has managed to create 64 000 new jobs. Jobs gained were mainly in the areas of construction, mining and agriculture. With this increase in employment in Limpopo, the rate of unemployment has also reduced to 19.3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2016 compared to 19.8 percent during the same period in 2015,”said the Premier

In the last State of the Province Address the Premier announced that the provincial government applied for Musina-Makhado to be declared a Special Economic Zone.

This year announced that his Cabinet has approved the Musina –Makhado as a Special Economic Zone and will attract investment of over R44 billion.The Special Economic Zones will create about 20 800 direct jobs