Eastern Cape Premier Masualle outlines province's developmental goals in 2015 State of the Province Address

FEBRUARY 20, 2015

Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle on Friday delivered his 2015 State of the Province Address (SOPA) in the Bhisho Legislature saying that the Eastern Cape Provincial Government has set clear principles to guide the implementation of the province’s developmental goals.

Premier Masualle said that his government has set a target to create more than 20 000 jobs by utilising the East Cape Development Corporation and the Coega and East London Industrial Development Zones.

“We are rising to the task of creating sustainable jobs for our people.  A total of 24 737 jobs, against a target of 13 234, have been created through economic agencies such as the Eastern Cape Development Corporation, the East London IDZ and the Coega Development Corporation,” he said.

 “The following job creation targets have been set for the 2015/2016 financial year; ECDC 7 000, Coega 8 797 and ELIDZ 5 500.  In the coming year jobs will be created in manufacturing, logistics, alternative energy, agro processing and services.”

He his government had been given the task to improving Education and Health care as well as to boost agriculture and agri-based industries.

“Not far from here at the Coega IDZ, an R86m agro processing, multi-user facility is booming.  This facility will enable small, medium and micro enterprises to expand their value addition activities in the Eastern Cape,” the Premier said.

With regards to health, Premier Masualle said “we are going to complete the 530 bed flagship project at Cecilia Makiwane Hospital at a cost of R935m.  The Frontier Hospital’s casualty unit , paediatrics and outpatients departments, costing R245m, will also be finalised.  A further 17 clinics will be completed at a cost of R322.2m, most of which are in the National Health Insurance pilot district of OR Tambo District.”

Premier Masualle also said 97 schools have been completed as part of the programme to eradicate mud structure schools in the Eastern Cape.

He said 134 new schools have been planned for the Medium Term Economic Framework, with 20 schools planned for the 2015/2016 financial year. 

“Over 5 500 schools now have access to ICT connectivity and are linked to the South African School Administration Management System.”

The Premier also said touched on the current water woes faced by residents in some suburbs of the Nelson Mandela Bay. He said that provincial officials will be meeting with the Metro to look at specifics and the exact nature of any intervention and that Bhisho is working with the Department of Water Affairs to come up with solutions.

With regards, to his former HOD who resigned amid allegations of rape, the Premier said a new provincial HOD will be appointed by the 1 April.

Premier Masualle also said that his government has committed itself to strengthen levels of accountability, partnerships and a sense of urgency to take this commitment forward.

He says he’s signed delivery agreements for the year and reviewed performance agreements of Heads of Departments in order to instil a culture of execution and discipline in getting things done.

The Premier said that his government had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) to probe outstanding corruption cases in the province.

He also said that the Makana, Inkwanca, King Sabata Dalinyebo municipalities will get R130m to help with their capacity and to pay off their debts with Eskom.