EASTERN Cape Premier, Phumulo Masualle, needs to spell out key game-changers that will put this province on the high road to prosperity, the DA has indicated ahead of the State of the Province address which is expected to take centre stage on Friday.
DA MPL Bobby Stevenson said the key game changers that would fundamentally and materially improve the lives of people included education, the economy, the state of local government, healthcare, the roads network and good governance.
“Education is in crisis, with the province achieving the lowest pass rate of 59%. The Eastern Cape has the highest illiteracy rate among the youth of 16-35 years of all the provinces. What are you going to do differently this year, Premier Masualle, to ensure our young people leave school with the necessary skills to get jobs? We need to have a rescue plan for the lost generation. “
Stevenson said the unemployment rate continued to rise, and people’s hopes for a better future continued to fall.
“The provincial government needs to create the right climate to attract investment.”
Another potential game-changer would be improving the state of local governance in the province while health care needed to be highlighted. “Our clinics and hospitals need to be resourced with the right equipment and attitudes. “
A huge backlog in road maintenance in the Eastern Cape also needed attention to allow economic growth.
“We need to create a climate in the Eastern Cape that is conducive to attracting investment. Only the private sector can create jobs. We need a province of entrepreneurs. The government must play its role in eradicating corruption, fixing the infrastructure, improving safety, delivering services and governing well. We all deserve a province that works, where opportunity is rising, and hope for the future is created.”