Premier Masualle's 2015 SOPA did not adequately cover how over 20 000 jobs would be created: analyst

FEBRUARY 23, 2015

Grahamstown-based government watchdog, the Public Service Accountability Monitor, said the Eastern Cape Premier Phumlo Masualle’s 2015 State of the Province Address (SOPA) on Friday did not adequately cover issues related to employment.

During his 2015 SOPA Premier Masualle announced that the Eastern Cape government aims to create over 20 000 jobs in the next financial year – largely by utilising the province's industrial development zones and economic agencies.

The province has also partnered with the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) to implement 33 projects totalling over R2.2 billion.  

“There wasn't enough that pertains to how we going to create jobs, what we really needed was the how, which departments will be involved what the time frames are,” Researcher at the watchdog, Zukiswa Kota, told the SABC.

“Although I understand that it's the responsibility of the MEC for Economic Development to also outline those issues of finance but certainly there are areas that I think any young person listening to the speech  would want to hear, where am I going to get the job, what time frames and  what industries am I likely to get employment from?”