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ANC Caucus taking part in annual Taking Legislature to the People Programme

Oct 16, 2017
ANC Caucus taking part in annual Taking Legislature to the People Programme

The Afrcan National Congress (ANC) Caucus in the Eastern Cape Legislature on Monday announced that it will form part of the Legislature delegation that is to hold the Provincial Legislature’s Annual Taking Legislature to the People Programme.

This week-long programme is to be held in Port St. Johns in the OR Tambo District Municipality from the 17th to the 20th of October 2017.

"This programme is a mass public participation drive where Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs) and Members of Executive Council (MECs) will make presentations, debate, and provide feedback on service delivery developments in the area," described ANC Chief Whip in the Eastern Cape Provincial Legislature, Mzoleli Mrara.

During the Parliamentary Sitting held on the week of the 10thto the 14th of October 2017, the ANC led government has reported the following key service delivery developments:

  • The Small Town Revitalisation Programme (STR)  which has been piloted in Libode / Ngqeleni, Mount Fletcher, Ntabankulu and Port St. Johns;
  • The rollout of the STR to all existing small towns, and to identify and plan for new towns;
  • The provision of technical capacity through the appointment of unemployed engineering graduates in various municipalities;
  • The facilitation of programmes geared towards training of schools on the National School Safety Framework to curb violence in schools;
  • The deployment of 116 School Safety Patrollers in 98 schools across the province to assist in curbing violence in the schools;
  • The allocation of R 456 million for the 2016/17 Financial Year to address a number of key municipal rural roads (900km) to clinics, schools, scholar transport routes, routes to emerging farmers and co-ops, as well as tourism roads;
  • New ultra sound machine purchased for Taylor Bequest Hospital; the availability of a refrigerator for vaccines and immunisations has been made available for Madlangala Clinic; and stricter records management controls have been put in place at Madzikane Ka Zulu Hospital as a means of improving healthcare services in the Alfred Nzo District;
  • The dedication of a budget that seeks to address huge backlogs pertaining to roads, water, sanitation and electrification across the province;
  • Over 40 000 jobs have been created in the areas of manufacturing, logistics, alternative energy and agro-processing through the province’s economic agencies such as Coega IDZ, East London IDZ and the Eastern Cape Development Corporation;
  • In renewable energy, the province has seen its allocation of wind and solar farms increase to 17, with a total investment value of R33.7 Billion; and
  • 21 086 people have been trained through sector development and strategic initiatives.

"The ANC Caucus calls on all members of the Port St. Johns and Lusikisiki communities to attend the programme in numbers, and rally behind its banner of advocating for effective public participation that seeks to ensure that the views and concerns of members of the public are seen, heard, and acted upon," Mrara said.