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Buffalo City Metro economy 'failed by uncaring ANC' says DA

Jan 22, 2019
Buffalo City Metro economy 'failed by uncaring ANC' says DA

Since 1994 there has been little to no investment in small businesses and the local Buffalo City Metro economy, by the failing African National Congress government, the Democratic Alliance (DA) in the Eastern Cape claimed.

This comes after DA Eastern Cape leader, Nqaba Bhanga, accompanied by the DA's Kevin Mileham, Mawethu Kosani, Dharmesh Dhaya and Terence Fritz, visited a number of small businesses at the Zwelitsha Taxi Rank in King William’s Town and at the Highway Taxi Rank in Mdantsane last week.

"At both venues, people complained that, over the last 15 years, little to no investment was made to upgrade the facilities or even maintain the current basic services provided to street vendors and informal traders. This includes services such as roads, water, sanitation and electricity," Bhanga said.

"Our country desperately needs economic growth and entrepreneurial spirit if we are to overcome the challenges of poverty and unemployment. To make this a reality, government has a duty to ensure that there is an environment conducive to economic development."

DA claims ANC has let down Buffalo City Metro residents

He said that the people of Zwelitsha and Mdantsane "have been let down by the failing ANC government".

"It is unacceptable that these hard working individuals, who are driven to succeed in the face of adversity, receive so little support from their government," Bhanga added.

"There is an urgent need in Buffalo City to clean up the areas where informal traders are operating.

"They must be provided with shelters to protect them and their goods from inclement weather, and must have access to basic services such as water, sanitation and electricity.

"In this way more consumers will be attracted to support informal traders leading to growth and jobs."

He said that in the DA-run Western Cape, the unemployment rate is the lowest in the country and last year the province created 75% of all jobs in the entire country - adding that his party has a plan to grow the Buffalo City economy.

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